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Grade 3 - Visual Arts

Visual Arts in 3rd Grade

At Westerly, we believe each child has a unique story to tell.  A diverse student body fosters a sense of community in which individual expression is celebrated and collaboration is encouraged at an early age.  Art helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that translate directly to other areas of study.
We embrace the philosophy that art is a universal language that crosses all societal and cultural divides. Embedded in all cultures across the world, art has been used as language, as story-telling, as emotional freedom, aesthetics and expression since prehistoric times. By providing knowledge and skill sets, students can expand their creativity in all aspects of their lives.
2D & 3D Art at Westerly is a year-long course designed to instruct art students in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia art, glass work and printmaking. Students will become familiar with the Elements of Art and Principles of Design while completing a variety of assigned projects and experimenting with different media and processes. In addition to art production, students will be introduced to art history, art criticism and aesthetics. 
Course Goals:
  • Learn and develop technical skills in various artistic mediums.
  • Learn about art movements, historical artists and contemporary artists.
  • Ability to utilize visual communication as a means of self-expression.
  • Develop rendering and compositional skills through a series of assignments/projects.
  • Incorporate research and written personal reflection into projects.
  • Develop the ability to analyze and speak about art using the conventions of Art Criticism.
  • Introduce best practices when dealing with materials and processes.
3rd Grade Visual Arts Curriculum Outline:
  • Students begin to focus on composition, design, and practice observational skills such as visual recall, blocking-in, space/distance, value range, and self-portrait.  Students explore a variety of materials, mediums, and techniques associated with traditional drawing and painting.  Students are also introduced to famous artists, art movements, and art history.
  • Apply concepts of foreground, middle -ground, and background to produce landscape compositions both in drawing and painting.
  • Introduce new watercolor techniques to advance students’ painting skills
  • Apply previously learned shading techniques to create form (3 values are taught).
  • Reproduce an object by drawing it from a different or unusual point of view
  • Work in 3 dimensional genre through creation of three-dimensional sculpture, slumped glass and clay pottery.
  • Explore various 2D and 3D artists in connection with projects
  • Study proportions of the face
  • Create contrast project with the elements of color and shape
  • Introduce the properties of transparent, translucent and opaque glass