Tag Archives: grade 3

More Beatrix Potter

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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.

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Jemima Puddleduck

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Tale of Two Bad Mice

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Squirrel Nutkin

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Kitty in Boots

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The Tailor of Gloucester

 

Beatrix Potter

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

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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.

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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.

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

Wycinanki Trees of Life

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

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

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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.

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

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Collage Birds

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Time for Tea

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

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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.

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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.

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Leaves with Lines

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I wanted a simple lesson that tied in with lines and fall so we did these. Students looked at pictures of various fall leaves (hard to find in our area so we used images from the internet).

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They drew a large leaf or several small ones with veins and stems.

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The background was fragmented and filled in with lines and shapes in white pastel.

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They painted with watercolor. 48945317.jpg

SDAEA Art Show at SDCOE

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13336140_10154204773829042_6344952283846368632_n (1)The San Diego Art Educator’s Association, of which I am a member, held its second annual art show for students in grades k-8.

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The art went on display in the lobby of the San Diego County Office of Education in early April and stayed up until May 31 at the closing reception.

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It was advertised as “juried” but there were no awards. Students received a certificate for participating which was nice. It was great to see so many student art pieces from all over the county.

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Teachers could only submit eight pieces from their schools. Because I had two sites this year, I entered fifteen pieces: eight from one site and seven from the other.

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As Tim the SDAEA President says, art teachers do not get compensated for entering art shows for their students. They do it because they know the value of having artists and audiences interact with art.

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It was a lot of extra work for me. I spent two entire afternoons tracking down the mat board then a whole day mounting and cutting and labeling. entire afternoon but it always makes me smile to see student art displayed  and that is why I keep doing it even though so few students ever attend these events.

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