Grade 3 – Fall Units Update

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Third graders have been so amazing while creating their landscape drawings inspired by Grandmas Moses. If you don’t know much about her, Anna Mary Robertson Moses, or as most people know her, Grandma Moses is considered a primitive artist. This is because she never had any formal art schooling, and actually picked up painting when she was 78 years old. To learn more about her we read the book Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Grandma Moses by Mike Venezia.

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Labeling the foreground, middle ground, background, and horizon line

First students learned and identified the foreground, middle ground, background, and horizon line in some of Grandma Moses paintings. Then they spent time thinking about a place from memory that they would like to draw for their landscape drawing.  Some students decided on places they’ve visited on vacation, or places they’ve lived.  These sketches were then used as the basis for a final drawing. Many days were spent drawing all the important details, and coloring in with colored pencils.

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Coloring the landscapes in with colored pencils took lots of hard work

Be sure to check out our online gallery on Artsonia to see all of the finished pieces, and to read the students artist statements.

In extra art, third graders in room 10 worked on creating a weaving that utilized a pattern.  These weavings are what I like to call ‘mug rugs’, which means the functional use is that they are similar to a coaster.

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In second grade students create a weaving in connection to their Kenya studies in the classroom, so this unit builds on the skills learned in second grade. Students developed a pattern and planned it out prior to weaving. They also learned how to remove their weaving from the loom (what holds the weaving together while it’s being worked on), by tying the weft thread.

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Again, check out some of the weavings below, and visit our online gallery on Artsonia to see all the work.  It should be noted that these galleries of student work is managed by the students, using our class set of iPads.

 

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Grade 3 – Grandma Moses Inspired Drawings

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Students in third grade have finally finished up their Grandma Moses inspired landscapes.  I shared about the practice observation drawings they did at the beginning of the unit, but now I can share their finished work!

They worked really hard!  They had to remember to draw their horizon line (the line that separates the sky from the ground) high on the page, include details in the foreground, middle ground, and background, AND include something they drew from observation and their memory or imagination.  It took a lot, but they really were focus on the Studio Habit of Mind engage & persist, which helped them complete their work to the best of their ability.  AND, it was great practice to help develop their drawing and coloring skills (develop craft).

Be sure to click through to check out our gallery on Artsonia to see all the finished pieces.

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