Art - Third Grade


  • Students will layer two or more colors using crayon, colored pencil or oil pastel.


  • Students will apply paint in even strokes to create a watercolor thinned tempera wash.
  • Students will paint lines and fill in shapes with even color using tempera.


  • Students will identify and use warm and cool colors.


  • Students will identify and demonstrate sculpture in the round.


  • Students will identify and use invented textures.


  • Students will identify and use symmetrical balance.


  • Students will identify and use middle-ground, overlapping and change of size to create illusion of space.


  • Students will compare different responses students may have to the same artwork.

Subject Matter/Functional Art

  • Students will create a container (e.g., paper box, clay pot, fiber basket).

Other Media

  • Students will demonstrate an additive process (e.g., cardboard, straws, paper plate).


  • Students will identify and use horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines.


  • Students will differentiate between shapes and forms.

Connecting Art and Non-Art Subjects

  • Students will explain how the mathematical principle of symmetry is used in art.

Sculpture, Ceramics and Other Media

  • Students will manipulate paper to create forms (in the round).
  • Students will cut a symmetrical shape from a folded piece of paper.
  • Students will model with clay or similar substance to create applied and impressed textures.

Fine Art

  • Students will create an original artwork of a figure in an action pose.
  • Students will create a landscape / cityscape.
  • Students will create an original artwork using line, shape and color.

Art Criticism

  • Students will identify warm and cool colors, symmetrical balance, invented textures, horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines and contrast/variety of sizes.


  • Students will create an original artwork that communicates ideas about community and group identity.

Historical Period or Culture

  • Students will identify works of art from United States, Europe and Africa.

Characteristics of Artworks

  • Students will compare and contrast two artworks on: subject matter, media, use of line, color, shape and texture, theme, purpose of art in culture and place.