Brian Wildsmith

The Grade 3 students expressed an interest in drawing animals and so to link with the colour theory we have been doing in this unit we looked at the art of Brian Wildsmith. Wildsmith uses colour in many ways in his work. Ask your grade 3 student if they can explain some of the colour choices that the artist has made and why he might have chosen to make them.

The students have also set themselves some goals to improve their drawings of animals and they have been using books, images and computer apps to help them to improve their drawing skills.

Grade 3 Complementary Colours


Complementary colours are pairs of colours which, when combined in the right proportions, produce a neutral colour. When placed next to each other, they create the strongest contrast and reinforce each other. They are widely used in art and design. In painting, primary–secondary complementary colour pairs, described since at least the early 18th century, were red–green, yellow–violet, and blue–orange.

More recently we have started to think of colour and the colour wheel in relations to the colours used to make colors on computer and television displays, red, green and blue light are combined at various intensities to make all the other colors. In this system, using what are called additive colors, the complementary pairs are red–cyan, green–magenta, and blue–yellow.

In color printing the colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black are used to produce all printed colors. Here the complementary colours are also red–cyan, green–magenta, and blue–yellow.




Grade 3 Warm and Cool


Why are some colours considered warm and some considered cold?

“Ice and water and oceans are cold like the cold colours on the wheel” Yuki

“If you think of sun and volcanoes and fire they are all hot like the colours red, yellow, orange” Jacob

“Grass is cold so I can see green is a cold colour but I don’t know anything cold that is purple!” Ellie

Why do artist make a point of thinking of colours as warm or cool?

“To show how they feel” Teddy

“To show what the weather is like in their work” Oscar

“To help them express themselves” Holly

Grade Three students get to grips with warm and cool colours in collage.

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Grade 3 Colour

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Grade 3 have been investigating colour. We will be digging deeper into how artists use colour in their works and how we can be more creative and varied in our own use of colour as grade 3 artists. Learning some colour theory is a good place to start. Being able to mix a large variety of tints and shapes of any colour helps us to vary how we use colours in our paintings. These shape painting also helped grade 3 students to focus on brush control and painting techniques.


In the first week of school it is always good to take time to get to know each other. I have a lot of old friends in my class and a lot of new ones too! We started by making collages to go on the cover of our sketch books. The students used layers, colours, textures, images and text to create collages that thought carefully about aesthetics and composition but also held some meaning about the personality of the artists. We learned a lot about each other already!

Myths and Monsters

Grade 3 students know an awful lot about Monsters, Myths and Legends. I know my own daughter likes to quiz me on my knowledge of greek mythology and she lost me a long time ago! So it was not difficult to get them excited about inventing their own mythical beasts. They thought carefully, whilst planning, about the habitat, diet and special skills or powers their monster would have and how this would affect how the monsters would look. Wings, Fangs, scales, gills. The Monsters were build from paper and tape and what amazing forms they made. The students were inspired by The Monster Man and asked me to share the link on my blog. So here it is. If the kids want to make more creatures at home the website has helpful links to skills tutorials.





Still Life


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Grade Three have been looking carefully at organic objects in order to explore the elements of art. Shape, lines, textures, form and line are all exibited in art and nature. During the unit they used a variety of media to create works inspired by observational drawings of organic forms. Students learned new techniques in pencil, paint, chalk, pastels, collage and clay to produce a varied body of work.

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Spotlight on Specials

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It was great to see so many parents during the week of Spotlight on Specials. The children really love being able to share their learning with you. Thanks for getting involved with the lesson. If you didn’t get a chance to come during this week you are always welcome to come to class and see what we are up to in art. See you soon !

Art with Kids from Child Hope

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Child Hope is an organisation who work to educate and support children who live on the streets in Manila. The children they support come from two main areas of Manila; Divasoria and San Miguel. Child Hope volunteers take time to educate the children about what their rights are as children, how to protect themselves and where they can find help if they need it. About 4 times a year the children come to school to experience a fun day out. They go to the ES gym and play ball, they watch movies, they play games, they play on the playground and they do art. The children really enjoy the art activities as they do not have access to paper and pencils everyday like we do. They love to draw pictures, write letters to each other and make paper airplanes! I know we often talk about how lucky we are to have such amazing resources as we have at ISM but when I see these kids each year making joy out of simple things like paper, paint and pencils it really brings home to me how privileged be are.

ES Art Creations Exhibition 2013

Thank you to everyone for coming to the ES Art Exhibtion this week. The children were so excited to have been able to share their learning with you. I really love to see the children in the exhibition talking about the work they have done during the year and also enjoying the work of other artists in the elementary school. The opening on Monday was a buzz of excitement with teachers, parents and students all sharing in the experience. Student Council were there as tour guides to the work of each grade level and did an excellent job of explaining the work and the process they went through to create it.

Thanks for your feedback on the exhibition, which is always much appreciated. One point that came up was that children felt disapointed if their work was not shown. It is so hard to include some work by every single child, simply due to the lack of space. We always endevour to make the exhibition a showcase of the curricullum and the varied talents of the students. It is by no means, and is never intended to be, a talent show and so we try to incude work done by as much of a variety of students as possible.

Sadly, the exhibition will come down on Monday, but feedback can still be sent via email or blog posts or via the Star Wall, which will be outside the ES office.



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