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Third Grade Lessons

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Fall Unit-Art Elements

Week 1-Welcome/unit overview/first art class drawing


The first week we go over procedures and safety in the art classroom. View the video below through the link.




The first activity is to view the following video below about the art elements. This is the large unit that we go through each fall semester. Each art lesson will be focused on one of the art elements.




The hands on activity is a free draw that is timed. This helps me see the drawing developmental level the student is on and some insight on their attention span. A simple template is provided below, but you can use a piece of paper. Give the student a pencil and some crayons. They can draw whatever they like and color it. They only need to draw and color for the time allotted. It seems simple but most students try to stop before the time is complete. Below are the times for each of the grades. You do not need to turn in this drawing.

K-1-10 minutes 

2-3-18 minutes 

4-5-24 minutes

My First Art Class Drawing 2020.pdf  



Week 2-Line, reviewing line types and what is line quality? 

The students create an image using their hands that shows various line types and line qualities. The students review line types. The students learn that the same line can be varied by changing the line quality, by making the line thick, thin, dotted, dark, etc. Snap a picture of the final drawing and email or Dojo message me.


Watch the line introduction video below.



Studio lesson is in the video below 




Voc. Words 

Line Types

Line Quality 




Week 3-What are geometric and organic shapes? Shape Monsters Integration: Math 

The students will review the differences between geometric and organic shapes. Cutting their own shapes out of scrap paper they will create a shape monster. 

Geometric/Organic Shape Intro.



Studio Assignment-Shape Creature 




Voc. Words 

Compare & Contrast Shape Groups



Week 4-Horizon Line-Big/Little

The students learn that space in art is not outer space but how an artist using the area of the image. The review lesson focuses on the use of horizon line. The students create an image using cut paper that is a mountain scene with a horizon line. The students learn through examining the work of Andrew Wyeth that an artist can create depth in an image by manipulating the size of the objects in the image and their placement. If things are drawn larger and are in the foreground they appear closer to the viewer. Things drawn smaller appear further away. They draw a forest using this concept . 


Horizon line introduction video:


Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth

Studio assignment, horizon line mountain video:  



Student Example

Voc. Words




Horizon Line 




Week 5 What is value? Value Pumpkin 

The students learn to view value on an object from real life. They review value scale, then they look for the light and dark shadows on a pumpkin. They complete an activity sheet using colored pencils.




Pumpkin Activity Sheet for print out

3rd Grade Pumpkin.pdf




Student example 

Voc. Words 



Light/Medium/Dark shades 

Cast Shadow 



Week 7-Apply value to create form 

The students will used the concept of  value learned with our pumpkins to shade a circle to become a sphere. A pdf instruction sheet is below and a student example.


First, watch the video below 


Reference print out for the assignment

Value Shading Sheets.pdf


Studio Video 



Student Example

Voc. Words 



Light to Dark 




Week 8-Actual Texture versus Visual Texture 

The students will review texture. They learn there are two types in art actual and visual. Actual texture is felt by touch and is mostly used in sculpture. Visual texture is the illusion of texture. It is primarily in 2-dimensional works. Ways of creating visual texture is using lines, lines, shapes and dots. The students will do rubbings from texture sheets and then they will draw what they see in the rubbing, looking for the lines, shapes, and dots. 



Intro. Video 



Studio Assignment:




Texture print out:

3rd Grade Rubbings Sheet.pdf 


Student Example

Voc. Words

Actual Texture 

Visual Texture 

Up to Date



Week 9-Color Origin Review 

The students review the origin of color which is reflected light and create a drawing called Willie MacGurkle 


First watch the video below 


Watch the video going over the origin of color.







Read through the poem and create a Willie MacGurkle

Willie MacGurkle

Did you ever hear of Willie MacGurkle,
Who limped around town with his nose painted purple?
He was the ugliest man I have ever seen,
One eye orange, the other one green.
Yellow hair hung down like straw on his head,
He was dressed all in brown with patches of red.
Out of his beat up shoes his poor toes stuck through,
In very cold weather his toes turned blue.
One day in the rain neath an umbrella of black
Willie left town and he never came back.



Student Example

Voc. Words 

Reflected light 

Color Spectrum 



Week 10-Color Wheel

The students will complete a color wheel with primary, secondary, neutral. They will also include  a couple of tertiary colors 


Studio Demo Video 


Color Wheel print out. If you do not have paints to complete the assignment, color with crayons.

3rd-5th Color Wheel.pdf


Voc. Words 








Week 11-Tempera-Kandinsky Circles

The students will examine the work of Wassily Kandinsky. In this assignment they will be reviewing the primary, secondary, and neutral colors. They will also learn about tint, shades, and tones to create their circles. 



Part 1 of Assignment 


Watch video below 



Look at the website below and view some of his work 



Studio Video 


Student Example-Keep yours for part 2 of the assignment 


Week 12-Part 2-The Circles-Tempera-Kandinsky Circles


Please watch the video below




Week 13 and 14-Watercolor Winter 


The students develop their own winter scenes. We discuss what things do we see in winter to include in their images. The first day the students draw out their image and mask out their white areas. Second day the students learn basic watercolor techniques and paint their image using cool colors.


Part One Video Link:



Explaining Warm and Cool Colors link:



Part Two Video Link:






Student Example


Voc. Words 



Mask Out 



Cool Colors 











Week 15 and 16-Radial Snowflakes 

The students will create a snowflake using coffee filters. In this two lesson assignment, the students will learn about wax resist and watercolor review. In lesson two the students will cut their coffee filter into a 6 point snowflake.

Voc. Words 

Wax resist 


Radial Symmetry

Cool Colors   


Lesson 1

Lesson One Video


Lesson 2





Week 17-18-Worry Dolls from Guatemala

The students learn about the legend of worry people. They examine real ones that are passed around. They also learn the location of Guatemala. On day one the students create a tin foil doll. On day 2, the students will dress the doll using yarn.  

Voc. Words

2-D vs. 3-D




Week 19-Clay Intro.

In this class the students will be introduced to natural clay. They learn clay is a natural material that has been used to create utilitarian and art pottery for 1000's of years. They will look at some work from my personal collection. They will go over the procedures for handling clay including kneading/wedging and hand washing. This will prepare the students for the main project.

Voc. Words 








Week 20-Pinch Pot 

The students will create a pinch pot and press design patterns onto the surface. They will learn Native Americans used and still use these techniques in their pottery. 

Voc. Words 

pinch pot

hand built 


clay tool 






Week 21-Painting/Glazing, Bone Dry, and Kiln Firing


During this class, the students will paint their pottery projects. We will discuss different ways to add color to and protect pottery. We will also discuss what bone dry is and looks like. The students will then watch a time lapse of pottery being created from start to finish. When the students have completed their projects, they will turn them back in to be sealed. They will be able to take their projects home next week.


Voc. Words 

Bone Dry 




Wheel Throwing 









Week 21-Abstract Portraits with Chalk & Chalk Pastels


Students will be prompted to close their eyes and draw shapes that mimic features (“Draw 2 circles anywhere on your paper.” – Eyes, “Draw a Triangle anywhere on your paper.”– Nose, Etc.). After drawing these shapes, students will be informed that they are making an abstract portrait and that they have around 5 mins to make these shapes look like a face. Once they have drawn this face in pencil, they will trace it with black marker. After tracing with black marker they will use chalk pastels/chalk to fill in all of the paper around the black lines. They may use the chalk/pastels to add texture, blend, add patterns, etc. They will leave their work with Ms. D.J. so she may apply a fixative and they will be able to take them home next week.  







Week 22-Mixed Media/Collage 

Students will create a paper collage from old magazines, newspapers, contruction paper, etc. They should use a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. They will arrange their composition and then glue their work to a page. If they finish their composition early, they may use paint and/or markers to add texture and patterns to their piece. The students will learn about Surrealism and Dadaism while viewing works from Dali, Hoch, Mattise, and others.


Vocabulary Words







Middle Ground




SURREALISM || Collage Series | Domestika







Week 24 – Mosaic 

Vocab: (Mosaic, Base, Tesserae, Adhesive)


Students will learn about mosaic art and the many different variations of materials used in mosaic. Students will make mosaics by gluing dry goods (beans, cereal, rice, etc) or any other found materials (approved by guardians) to a piece of paper to make a picture. They may design/plan out their mosaic or create impulsively.


Artists in order: Emma Karp Lundstrom (her mosaic is made out of apples!!), Isaiah Zagar, Peter Cavallini, Antoni Gaudi








Week 25 – Weaving/Fiber Art


Vocab: (Textiles, Weaving, Loom, Warp, Weft)


Students will need a paper plate, scissors, and yarn. They will follow the video tutorial below to complete their own paper plate woven flower.





Students will need:

  1.  A piece of cardboard, paper plate, or other flat surface that they can glue materials to.
  2. Cardboard that they can cut into shapes, yarn, foam stickers, or any other materials they can glue to number 1 that will provide texture (you can use pretty much anything that will create a raised surface when glued to a flat surface, get creative! You don’t have to use what I have listed. Just make sure that it’s okay that the item is covered in paint and glued to your surface.
  3. Paint (any kind of paint should work).
  4. Paper.
  5. Glue stick or liquid glue.



  1. Glue whatever materials you have chosen to use to your flat surface. Let them dry. This will be your “collograph” plate.
  2. Cover your collograph plate with a light coat of paint. Make sure that you cover all of the materials that you have glued onto your collograph plate, so that all of the texture is transferred.
  3. Press your collograph plate onto your clean sheet of paper with the materials facing down. Press firmly to make sure that all of the materials are touching the paper but not so firm that materials come unglued or break off of your collograph plate.
  4. Pull your collograph plate off of your paper to reveal your first collograph print!
  5. Try covering the collograph plate with another light coat of paint in a different color and printing again. You may do it in the same place, rotate the plate, print it in a different area of your paper, etc. Get creative!

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