Elementary Art Grade 3

0.5 Credits
18 Weeks

The Visual Art suite will provide students the foundational skills to be successful in a studio environment. Using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as the framework, students will feel confident in creating their own style of art. Students will explore and use a variety of materials safely during the creative process. The courses explicitly teach art techniques through modeling and connecting them to master artists. During the creative process, students will apply art vocabulary, procedures, as well as time-management and collaborative skills. They will develop their observational skills, prior knowledge, and art critique skills to reflect on and interpret works of art. Throughout each multifaceted lesson, students will make connections to art and various cultures around the world. The course offers rich text to support art history instruction, including information on artists and art movements over time. The Visual Art suite integrates standards from all the core subject areas, including Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, and Language Arts. Connections are made to Music, Dance, and Physical Education as well. The Visual Art suite will develop students fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, and their appreciation for global communities.

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Students will demonstrate an understanding of the element of line by identifying different line types, defining contour and gestural line, and using gestural lines to create movement in artwork.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the element of shape by explaining how emphasis is used in artwork, defining still life, and using geometric shapes, organic shapes, and emphasis to create a still life.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the element of color by explaining how colors connect with emotions, creating colors that are seen in nature, and using color to create emphasis in their artwork.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the element of space by defining perspective and vanishing point, explaining the difference between realistic and abstract artwork, and using space in an abstract artwork.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the element of texture by creating texture in a mural, sharing a message about an issue in a community through a mural, and describing how mixed-media is used to create texture in artwork.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the element of form by identifying three-dimensional forms in the environment, explaining how symbols and variety are used in three-dimensional artwork, describing how form is used in glassblowing, and using form and variety to create a three-dimensional sculpture.

Art Around the World

Students will demonstrate an understanding of art around the world by creating artwork inspired by different cultures, using the elements and principles of design in artwork, and critiquing a piece of artwork.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module OneLine

  • 01.00 Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 Line
  • 01.02 Edgar Degas
  • 01.03 Module One Review and Assessment

Module TwoShape

  • 02.00 Module Two Pretest
  • 02.01 Shape
  • 02.02 Joan Miró
  • 02.03 Module Two Review and Assessment
  • 02.04 Module Two Discussion-Based Assessment

Module ThreeColor

  • 03.00 Module Three Pretest
  • 03.01 Color
  • 03.02 Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 03.03 Module Three Review and Assessment

Module FourSpace

  • 04.00 Module Four Pretest
  • 04.01 Space
  • 04.02 Victor Vasarely
  • 04.03 Module Four Review and Assessment
  • 04.04 Module Four Discussion-Based Assessment

Module FiveTexture

  • 05.00 Module Five Pretest
  • 05.01 Texture
  • 05.02 Robert Rauschenberg 
  • 05.03 Module Five Review and Assessment

Module SixForm

  • 06.00 Module Six Pretest
  • 06.01 Form
  • 06.02 Dale Chihuly
  • 06.03 Module Six Review and Assessment
  • 06.04 Module Six Discussion-Based Assessment

Module SevenArt Around the World

  • 07.00 Module Seven Pretest
  • 07.01 Oceania
  • 07.02 Asia
  • 07.03 Europe
  • 07.04 Africa
  • 07.05 South America
  • 07.06 North America
  • 07.07 Module Seven Review and Assessment—Project
  • 07.08 Module Seven Discussion-Based Assessment

Course Materials

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

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