3rd Grade Art Class

In Third Grade Art Class, students are introduced to:

I. The Elements of Art. Students will build on what they’ve learned in earlier grades. We will focus specifically space, light, and design.

A. LIGHT

☻ Students will observe how artists use light and shadow (to focus our attention, affect our emotions, etc.) in:

James Chapin’s Ruby Green Singing

Jan Vermeer’s Milkmaid

B. SPACE IN ARTWORKS

☻ Students will understand the following terms: 2-dimensional (height, width) and 3-dimensional (height, width, depth)

☻ Students will observe relationship between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes: square to cube, triangle to pyramid, circle to sphere and cylinder

☻ Students will observe how artists can make 2-dimensional look 3-dimensional by creating an illusion of depth, and examine the foreground, middle ground, and background in paintings, including:

Jean Millet’s The Gleaners

Pieter Bruegel’s Peasant Wedding

C. DESIGN: HOW THE ELEMENTS OF ART WORK TOGETHER

☻ Students will become familiar with how these terms are used when discussing art:

Figure and ground

Pattern

Balance and symmetry

☻ Students will examine design–how elements of art work together–in

Rose Bonheur’s The Horse Fair

Mary Cassatt’s The Bath

Early American quilts

Edward Hicks’s The Peaceable Kingdom

Henri Matisse cutouts such as Icarus

Edvard Munch’s The Scream

Horace Pippin’s Victorian Interior

Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach

II. Native American Art - Students are made aware of the spiritual purposes and significance of many Native AMerican works of art

☻ Students will become familiar with Native American works such as:

Kachina Dolls (Hopi, Zuni)

Navajo blankets and rugs, sand paintings

Jewelry

III. Art of Ancient Rome and Byzantine Civilization

☻ Students will become familiar with artworks of Ancient Rome and Byzantine Civilization, including:

Le Pont du Gard

The Pantheon

Byzantine Mosaics

Hagia Sophia