Makalapua Academy: Grade 3

The final unit for Grade 3 learners was Perspective in art!  A tough concept and technical drawing skill for older learners, these guys were ready and loved it! Here are a few examples:

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Our fifth unit in grade 3, learners will explore collage and the artwork of Romare Bearden.  As in other units, learners look at the examples of the artworks and then categorize the key features found in the artwork.  Looking at Romare Bearden, learners noticed that there are real parts of the artwork as parts of pictures (photographs) and bright areas of color in shapes that look like buildings.  The students also notice that they are showing everyday things: cars, people, Structures: buildings or stores, with people doing regular things like talking, playing music or working.  These are artworks that tell the story of the neighborhood that shown.  Our grade 3’s will be creating the visual story of their neighborhoods…

They each get a large thin rectangle of yellow paper for their backgrounds.  They are to transform this strip of color using painted paper for the structures and buildings in their neighborhoods.  The people and everyday things will be cut from magazines so they are real pictures.

Here is what they created!

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In the fourth unit, learners looked at the colorful forms of Dale Chihuly’s glassworks.  In these works, they noticed that color and organic or natural shape were important to his large scale sculptures.  In an attempt to create chandeliers of their own, learners experimented with colors and then transferred these shapes and colors onto transparency sheets to be cut, twisted and assembled into a class sculpture to be displayed under the lights in the cafeteria.

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I will try to get some better photos when we return from Spring Break.


For the third unit, Grade 3’s are designing their own patterns and zentangles.  They will then use these designs to transform an animal or the page using as many different designs as they can to make interesting compositions.

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IMG_1404 IMG_1405 IMG_1406 IMG_1407In the second unit, Grade 3 explored color and scale while creating Observational Drawings.  The learners looked at the artwork of Georgia O’Keefe and decided on the key characteristics in her paintings.  They decided the size was huge- zooming in on the small flowers to draw a part of them, the colors were realistic, and the subject had to fill the entire page.  Experimenting with chalk pastels, Grade 3 created these paintings:

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In Unit 1 for Grade 3, we talked about emotions and feelings and then we created expression drawings using line and color to visually describe their emotions.

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