Our third grade is comprised of 22 creative and enthusiastic students. They are eager to express themselves through writing, speaking, and art projects. My students are working on adding more art standards to our language arts and math lessons for a deeper connection to the material.
About half of the class comes from low-income homes with little to no access for a creative outlet.
What we complete in class is often the only time they use art supplies, have access to readily available books, and receive immediate praise. Building a community of kindness and academics is important to my students, and we are excited to work on projects that allow us to do so.
The materials selected will be used to create 3D sculptures showing how being unique is special, turn our "mistakes" into fabulous artwork, and determine how just one line on a page can inspire a masterpiece. Stories such as The Dot and Octicorn are simple, yet evoke traits I want to see in my students. We will be using these wonderful written works to engage our artistic and creative side. After reading Hello, My Name is Octicorn, we will imagine our own creatures made up of two different animals, create them in 3D with Model Magic, paint them, and write a narrative story to go along with it. From the stories The Dot, I'm NOT Just a Scribble, and Ish, we will have meaningful conversations about mistakes and messes becoming masterpieces and then create our own inspired by paintings.
Throughout the year, we have read many books that have inspired us to recognize the connection between reading and art.
Now we would like to take this from paper and pencil to full-blown artwork we can display for all.
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