Many wonder just what it is that students are 'learning' in art. There are standards issued by each state for each subject matter, including art. These standards are known as TEKS, which stands for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. All of our learning is geared towards growing a students skills and helping them to meet these standards.
Follow this link to see the official TEKS for Third Grade Art: http://www.cedfa.org/new-teks-2015/art-teks/grade-3-art/
Third Grade Curricular Expectations-
- Crayons, Markers, Colored pencils, Chalk, and Oil Pastels
- Paint: Tempera and watercolor (direct painting and a wash)
- Collage materials
- Paper Sculptures
- Multiple edition print
- Recycled materials (art from everywhere/everything)
- Objects from nature or nature inspired.
Art Knowledge and Terminology-
- Identify and name Art Elements : Texture, space, form, line, shapes, value, and colors ( both primary and secondary).
- Identify and name Art Principles: Emphasis, pattern/repetition, rhythm/movement, proportion, unity, and balance.
- Explain how to mix any colors from the primary colors.
- Identify or demonstrate the differences between 2-D and 3-D art, and the difference between shape and form.
- Identify sensory knowledge and life experiences as sources for ideas about visual symbols, self, and life events.
- Describe what kind of jobs an artist could have and relate to them to their everyday life.
- Explain what a critique is.
- Draw a simple body with arms, legs, head, and torso that has form and clothing and shows the correct proportions.
- Draw a face that includes all parts with color for hair and eyes with correct placement and proportions.
- Create artworks based on personal observations and experiences.
- Express ideas and feelings in artworks, using a variety of colors, forms, and lines.
- Illustrate the concept of perspective.
- Create effective compositions, using design elements and principles.
- Develop a variety of effective compositions using design skills.
- Begin to practice blending colors in work.
Manipulative/ Management skills -
- Demonstrate the use and care (including cleaning) of paintbrushes.
- Set up paints with the correct number of brushes and paints to share with others.
- Cut a shape out of scrap paper with minimal mess or waste of paper.
- Get materials out and put them away without assistance.
Art Talk/ History-
- Compare content in artworks from the past and present for various purposes such as telling stories and documenting history and traditions.
- Identify general intent and expressive qualities in personal artworks.
- Identify stories and constructions in a variety of artworks.
- Apply simple criteria to identify main ideas in original artworks, portfolios, and exhibitions by peers and major artists.
- Compare ways individuals and families are depicted in different artworks.
- Identify Eastern and Western Art, and have experience with at least four art cultures.
- Compare selected artworks from different cultures.