Grade 3 Visual Arts

Students in third grade continue to explore a wide variety of materials and processes. As they engage in the world of visual expression, students learn about artistic concepts such as color, shape, texture, contrast, form, and pattern. They draw, sculpt, paint, print, and combine materials to create two and three-dimensional artworks. Self-expression and connections between visual art, nature, daily life, other artists, and cultures are explored as students design and develop their artworks.

Third graders create their own sketchbooks in which they draw from observation and their imagination. Student art making experiences also include combining materials to create mixed-media studies of flowers, printing a signature ‘chop’ to finish their painted hand and hanging scrolls, creating sculptures inspired by thematic study of China, and using embroidery to create pages of a book.

Past third grade art projects include:

  • terracotta clay figures
  • ink and wash paintings inspired by Chinese scrolls
  • ‘chop’ printing
  • mixed-media flower studies
  • collages inspired by author Bryan Collier’s visit
  • embroidered alphabet book