Grade 3 Visual Arts

Artistic development at ACS is guided by the National Core Arts Standards. In the Elementary division, these standards are taught in Drama and Dance, Music, and Visual Arts (Art) classes. The standards are divided into 4 key areas: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting

Drawing

Unit Sketch

This unit will be a grades 1-5 collaborative project focused around the four core values of ACS. , Students will design leaves for a "Giving Tree" using, Lines, Shapes, Pattern, Good craftsmanship.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Different tools and techniques are used to create depth and texture.
  • Critiquing art helps us to better understand and appreciate it.
  • Their voice and opinions are relevant to their peers and can help in improving artistic skills for themselves as well as others.
  • Experimentation and drafts differ from the final product; that mistakes can be fixed and that it is a good thing to be a risk taker.
  • Art can speak for itself and can be a powerful way to get a message across.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Use the drawing tools correctly and safely
  • Turn a flat 2D shape into a 3D Form by drawing objects with depth and value
  • Locate the basic outline of any object and how to break down the image into basic shapes
  • Show depth and texture in their work through various shading techniques, using both graphite and colored pencils
  • Critique others as well as be critiqued using the P.Q.P method (Praise, Question, Propose)
  • "Look like a Scientist" when analyzing a picture
  • Use the "See- Think- Wonder- Change" Practice

Painting

Unit Sketch

This unit focuses on painting skills, techniques, art history, style, movement, and experimentation. Students will be working as a team with their table mates where each member has to paint a different work by the same artist.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches.
  • Artists, curators and others consider a variety of factors and methods including evolving technologies when preparing and refining artwork for display and or when deciding if and how to preserve and protect it.
  • Art changes over period and location.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes
  • Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process
  • Speculate about processes an artist uses to create a work of art
  • Determine messages communicated by an image
  • Create a piece of art using techniques learned
  • Identify exhibit space and prepare works of art including artists’ statements, for presentation
  • Identify and explain how and where different cultures record and illustrate stories and history of life through art

Building

Unit Sketch

This unit focuses on 3D composition: Design, Problem solve, Build, Decorate.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.
  • People create and interact with objects, places, and design that define, shape, enhance, and empower their lives.
  • People develop ideas and understandings of society, culture, and history through their interactions with and analysis of art.
  • There is a difference between 2D and 3D.
  • There are differences between drawing and building that provide challenges and require problem-solving.
  • Creating works of art requires perseverance.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Build a 3D sculpture out of various materials and glaze or paint the finished piece showing texture, balance, and good craftsmanship
  • Recognize that responses to art change depending on knowledge of the time and place in which it was made

Composition

Unit Sketch

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • The value and importance of the arts in our lives and in the world.
  • That art can be created collaboratively for a variety of purposes.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Categorize artwork based on a theme or concept for an exhibit
  • Brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem
  • Engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play with materials
  • Create, develop, and refine artistic works