- Third graders watched Reading Rainbow’s Sunken Treasure to learn about the shipwrecked Atocha. They created an imaginary island and then added mountains, rivers, forests, etc. Fish, dragons, whales and ships were drawn in the surrounding sea. A compass rose completed the picture.
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Ancient Egyptian mummies were the focus of our third grade art history unit. Students watched a Reading Rainbow, Mummies Made in Egypt, to learn about mummification. They used a template for the main shape of a Pharoah or Queen, then drew their own face, head piece, collar and bands. Bold Crayola markers were used to color bands across the mummies. Egyptian motifs were added with gold paint pens. Students were instructed to vary their patterns in terms of size, shape and amount of gold.
These wonderful creatures were inspired by the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Second graders combined animal parts to design their own Wild Thing. They started with a large head near the top of the page. A wide array of animal parts appeared in the classroom: beaks, feathers, horns, teeth, ears, manes, wings, legs, tails, and more. Patterns added interest to the bodies. Students painted directly on the paper to keep the work spontaneous. They were instructed to “dress up their mess up” and work unwanted lines into the painting. The next class was spent coloring inside the shapes with craypas. When done, the Wild Things were cut out and glued to a colored background.
After designing new beach towels, my youngest artists were eager to create an underwater scene. They drew with Crayola markers on 9″ x 24″ paper. We started with a flowing line of sand at the bottom, then added a long, flowing line for the water. I demonstrated how to draw
seaweed and a crab. Students referred to drawing books for pictures of jellyfish, turtles, shells, fish, etc. Students were asked to fill the space with a variety of objects, add interesting details, and use their best lines. This idea came from another wonderful blog. Please let me know if you are the author.