Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 3, Visual Arts, 2006

1.) Utilize a variety of processes and media in the production of artwork.

Examples: producing a drawing using markers and crayons, creating a painting using watercolors and pastels on watercolor paper

•  Utilizing digital processes to produce works of art
Example: using a paint program to design a digital quilt

2.) Produce works of art depicting genre subject matter.

Examples: interiors in the paintings of Benny Andrews and Pieter Brueghel, landscapes of Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson), portraits of daily life by Norman Rockwell

3.) Apply the elements of art and principles of design, including complementary and monochromatic color schemes, value, contrast, and asymmetrical balance in works of art.

Examples: using positive and negative space or complementary color schemes to create contrast in designs, using gray scales, mixing white to create tints and black to create shades

4.) Create symbolic works of art to communicate ideas.

Example: using personal symbols to create a medieval family crest or heraldry

5.) Demonstrate appropriate safety, care, and use of art materials and equipment.

6.) Compare works of art in terms of complementary color schemes, value, contrast, and asymmetrical balance.

Example: comparing elements of art and principles of design used to depict water in Winslow Homer's Gulf Stream and Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave

7.) Identify symbols and signs depicting specific ideas, moods, feelings, and emotions generated by a work of art.

Examples: sign depicting theme of love in Robert Indiana's Love sculpture, raising of the flag in the National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument generating feelings of patriotism

8.) Identify ideas and feelings expressed by individual artists in works of art.

Examples: feeling of triumph in Emmanuel Leutze's painting George Washington Crossing the Delaware, feeling of happiness in Robert Henri's Laughing Child

9.) Contrast artistic styles of various cultures, times, and places.


- cultures--Asian landscapes versus Albert Bierstadt's American landscapes,

- times--art deco interiors versus minimalist interiors,

- places--paintings of covered bridges in rural areas versus suspension bridges in urban areas

•  Using digital media to compare artistic styles of various works of art
•  Identifying symbols from different cultures, times, and places that portray common themes
Examples: color purple relating to royalty, arrow or spear symbolizing the hunt