Tag Archives: grade 3

Whales

Standard

The Grade Three team shared their curriculum map with me which makes my job oh so easy! I knew whales would be part of their curriculum for November and December.

IMG_20171107_120043_854

I found some beautiful images on Etsy that I loved. Enormous whales, a lot of ocean and tiny ships or boats. The work is by Rachel Blyer of the Colorful Cat Studio. Her work is done in watercolor.

20171107_105613-1.jpg

For this lesson, I had my students create these in a mixed media format. We did these in just under an hour.

They started by drawing the image of their boat and sky. Then they did some scrubby paint with a cardboard scrap and some “ocean” colors which I tossed in some blue glitter glue for fun. They used pre-painted gray paper for the whales. I put out lots of images of whales for them to use as reference. I think they came out pretty amazing.

20171107_105604.jpg

 

Advertisements

Kumeyaay Ollas

Standard

55411574

The third grade learns about the history of our community. Part of that history includes the Native American tribes that lived here before anyone else.

55364724

They often take a field trip to the Kumeyaay Interpretive center and see a replica of an Ewaa, grind acorns, paint rocks and learn about the tools, food, lifestyle and culture of these people.

55363757

To complement the study of the Kumeyaay, students created these paper pots. We looked at images of Kumeyaay pottery, learned how it was made and then cut out our ollas from paper. I do not have a kiln, so we cannot easily do clay lessons.

55363330

We also looked at images of petroglyphs and petrographs from our county. We learned that most of the Kumeyaay pottery was not decorated but did have fire clouds from the Raku firing process they used. We also learned that Kumeyaay pottery is still being made today.

55363148

I allowed the students to use images from pictographs and petroglyphs to add more color to their pottery if they chose to. They glued their finished pots onto simple backgrounds when complete.

Collaged Cupcakes

Standard

20170413_184241

I met the other elementary art teacher from our district at the San Diego Museum of Art. Four of her students had this cupcake lesson chosen for the Young Art 2017: Beyond the Ordinary Exhibition. She mounted them on colored paper squares and grouped them together.

55222685

I think her students were grade three, I did this with my First Graders.

55265629

55221104

I thought it was a great way to use up some of the magazine donations and scrap paper we have accumulated.

55221267

I had my students color the background with oil pastel. I don’t typically use colored paper because it is difficult to estimate how much I need from year to year.

55221243

 

 

 

 

Young Art 2017: Beyond the Ordinary

Standard

Every other year, the San Diego Museum of Art hosts an art show for students from around the county. This year, the theme was still life and each teacher was allowed to submit just five pieces of art. With me teaching more than 800 students, it was really a tough job to choose just 5  but I had some help.

If you have a chance, go see the art! it is on display until May 28, 2017. Of our 5 submissions, these 3 pieces of art were chosen:

51903640

Oranges

52064837Tea Time

51872548

Spool of Thread

More Beatrix Potter

Standard

I teach a total of five classrooms of grade three students. As I continued to teach Beatrix this week to the rest of our third graders, more students chose her other characters. So much fun to teach students about this wonderful artist, author, and business woman.

54107974.jpg

Jemima Puddleduck

54104117.jpg\

Tale of Two Bad Mice

54141563.jpg

Squirrel Nutkin

54107529.jpg

Kitty in Boots

54148729.jpg

The Tailor of Gloucester

 

Beatrix Potter

Standard

53994307

Because March is Women’s History month my classes all were introduced to a different woman artist.

53994222

Grade three learned about Beatrix Potter and her water color illustrations of animals. They learned that she was also a sheep farmer, preservationist and business woman.

53994208

They could use watercolor, colored pencils, sharpie or any combination of those and could choose to do any of her animas or one of their own anthropomorphic animals.

53994018

They all chose Peter Rabbit. Probably because it is spring time.

Wycinanki Trees of Life

Standard

53564861.jpg

For some reason, I have a lots of scrap paper this year. This is another lesson that came about because I have certain supplies.

53564840.jpg

For this lesson students looked at traditional Wycinanki paper cut images and we talked about the tree of life.

53564947.jpg

Students folded the paper in half, drew their image with white crayon then cut out. They were to include a bird, a tree, and a heart.

53564174.jpg

After they finished the cutout, they added colored paper if they wanted to.

53564174.jpg

Collage Birds

Standard

20170209_134351.jpg

Years ago I saw some collaged cardboard birds. After my best friend died, her kids and mine did a grief group each week with activities from the Dougy Center. This activity wasn’t from there but I loved the idea of 3D birds and the kids and I liked doing art together. We made the “word birds” below.

FB_IMG_1486653670190.jpg

For that project, we put a word about what we needed on one side and what we loved about ourselves on the other. My thought was they could put the bird in their room in a place people could see it like on their dresser or desk and when they needed some extra TLC, they put that side out facing the world. When they were doing okay, the side of what they liked about themselves showed.

20170209_134432.jpg

This year after getting a giant box of cardboard packing triangles, oodles of paper strips and having loads of scrap paper, I had my students do these birds.

20170209_134616.jpg

They are really colorful. For the feathers, we used edger scissors  that cut interesting patterns as you cut. Kids LOVE using those scissors and I have a lot of them as they were given to my own kids over the years.

.52939292.jpg

If the students wanted to, they could add words when they were finished but many did not.

52941672.jpg

I had them fold card stock in half, draw a bird shape, collage both sides and glue them together.I did this in a step by step fashion after the first group struggled a bit.

52940612.jpg

I learned with the first group that several of them collaged the same side and then the bird would not go together. So for the next group, I had them cut out the birds, have them lay them flat then have them “kiss” or touch tails and draw an “X” on each side that was facing up.

52940812.jpg

This helped prevent them from collaging the wrong side. I showed them how to glue the beaks and tail feathers on one side so that it would sandwich between when the project was complete. Most of them understood that part, some did not.

52940399.jpg

They were instructed to decorated all sides of the triangle and leave the bottom of the bird open. They brought them to me and I stapled the triangle feet for them.

52939138.jpg

 

 

Time for Tea

Standard

52110013

I have a small collection of tea pots and tea cups. Some were gifts, others were purchased for a tea party birthday years ago.

52109910

I brought some into the classroom with some fresh flowers so that my third graders could create still life paintings. We talked about composition, hierarchy, overlap, shadow, and highlight.

52064893

They used marker and watercolor to create these lovely images. I love how different they all are and how many of them added fruits and flowers from their own imagination.

52111435