3rd-grade students learned about the Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai specifically his painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Students used their knowledge of gesture drawing, figure drawing, and balance to sketch out surfer poses. Together we drew a "great wave" and the students added surfers in realistic poses and creative details surrounding their surfers. Finally using oil pastel and watercolor techniques students colored their work.
As inspiration for this project third graders learned about constellations, the Chinese Zodiac, astrology, and patronuses from Harry Potter. Students discovered what animal and star sign their birthdays are associated with and took a quiz to find out what animal best represents their personality. With all this knowledge students created or chose an animal to draw for their constellation.
Students began by creating a background using a tint or shade of blue and a splatter technique to create stars. Next, students learned how to create a gradient scale and drew and shaded their constellation imagery. Finally, the students named their constellation, which you can see as the title of their piece on Artsonia as soon as the work is posted!
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3rd-grade students learned how to weave on a cardboard loom. Using these skills they set out to create a towel/mat/blanket for a figure in a pose of their choice. Then inspired by the human sculptures of Jeff Koons and the NYC public art piece "The Sunbather," students created their own human figure out of clay. They manipulated their figure into any pose they wanted and many students ended up creating their own sunbather. Finally, they painted and decorated their clay figure in an outfit of their choice. Click here to see more student art.
Students looked at different styles of still life paintings from abstract to hyperrealistic. We discussed methods each artist used to reinforce their personal painting style.Then students sketched a coffee cup as realistically as possible, they used highlights and shadows to render it in a realistic manner.
Finally, each child used model magic to add either marshmallows or whipped cream to the top of their cups.
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3rd Graders studied optical illusions, positive/negative space and MC Escher as inspiration for this project. Students used iPads to photograph each other's faces in profile. They edited these photos to create an original face/vase using the Superimpose app. Next, they traced and cut out their profile on foam and printed it on paper with printmaking ink. Finally, they added objects that symbolize something important to them in the vase.
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Students looked at photos of space taken from both the earth and satellites. We also looked at the artwork of NASA artist and muralist Robert T. McCall. Then students created planets using plastic wrap on top of watercolor and added chalk pastel to create implied form. Finally, each child created an object of their choice to be floating in space with their planets.
3rd graders learned about the artist Norman Rockwell and his Saturday Evening Post covers. Students examined parodies of different Rockwell's painting and the elements of a parody. Finally, students created their own “Triple Self-Portrait," adding objects to their canvas that represent their favorite things or objects that define them. Click here to see the student's final work: https://goo.gl/y6pfuY. See our inspiration and some other Triple Self-Portrait parodies below.
Third grade students started by looking at famous examples of non-objective abstract art.
Then class created abstract sketches while listening to three rock songs. The students were to represent the music through line, shape, color and design. They picked their favorite drawing and used it to create a painting by mixing oil pastels and watercolors. Finally, the 3-5 students collaged their hands on top using the Green Screen iPad app. The final pieces will be hung up during Rock N Roll cosmic bowling in February!
Listen to the songs we listened to here:
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