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Archive for the ‘3rd Grade’ Category

Our Crazy Kindness Tree is done!


Here’s the whole thing! I just love how silly and wild it is.

We’ve finished tacking up all our silly creatures & features around our kindness tree. Love the freedom and imagination!


A few of the “insects”


Gotta have a couple Disney characters in there…


Sasquatch hanging out by the campfire


There’s even a cloud hanging from the ceiling!


The boy who made this dangling spider was so excited and proud of himself 😀 ❤

Random Acts of Creativity 1

While on recess duty today, I spied a big huddle of kids at the edge of the blacktop. Suspicious, I did my fastest teacher hustle over there and was relieved and delighted in what I saw: the boys & girls were working together to build a nest/ jacuzzi/ house/ ring of asphalt chunks complete with sticks, leaves and acorns. SWEET! Creativity, cooperation, & problem-solving at work! I felt like a proud mama bear.

I’m hoping this happy discovery becomes an everyday thing around CTK. I mean, I know these kids’ imaginations are out of this world- I just love catching them in action OUTSIDE the art room! So, I’m hoping this post is just the first in a series of Random Acts of Creativity!


PS- who says braids aren’t creative too?!


Dale Chihuly Collaborative Sculpture

Hot, molten glass, bright colors, unusual forms and monumental scale impressed art students in September! We learned about the master glass blower Dale Chihuly and his work. Inspired, we worked as a community, just as Dale does, to create two large “chandeliers” for the art room this year! Each student made a spiral or “macchia” (one of Chihuly’s forms that somewhat resembles a fluorescent taco salad shell) and used heat or simple cutting to turn their 2D shapes into 3D forms. The 8th graders assembled and hung (well, really the hanginig part was done by Mrs. Conway up on top of a table with a hammer…) the pieces in two of the art room skylights. We love coming into the art room every day greeted by beautiful colors dancing through the light!

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Third Graders Become Folk Artists

In 3rd grade art, we looked at American Folk Art, especially that made by Grandma Moses. Folk art is made by “regular people” who probably wouldn’t call themselves “artists.” They make paintings as well as quilts, pottery, sculptures, and many other forms of art. Much of their work is about their own lives and communities.

We talked about how many different communities we are a part of. Each third grader chose a community and made a painting of it.

Third Grade Landscapes

In 3rd grade, we looked at beautiful landscapes made by lots of artists, but especially by local contemporary painter Keith Jacobshagen, who lives and works in Lincoln, NE and has artwork all over the country. We talked about many different types of lines that are used in art, especially converging lines (you can see them in the rows of the fields), and concentric lines (surrounding the sun in the sky). We also talked about warm and cool colors and combined all of these things with our imaginations to make these crazy cool landscapes!

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