Category Archives: 3rd Grade

Positive and Negative Space


3rd grade has been learning about positive and negative space and the work of Portland artist Virginia Flynn.

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Designs in a Grid


3rd Grade has been learning about Oregon Artists.  They recently finished a unit about Leroy Setziol, the Father of Woodcarving in the Northwest.  By studying his carvings they noticed that a lot of his designs seemed to be based on a grid.  They started with graph paper and made their own designs working within the structure of the grid, using simple shapes and paying special attention to the positive and negative space they were creating.  Then, they transferred the designs onto foam sheets and we printed their designs in gold ink on brown tissue paper.

Welcome Back


Welcome Back!  Art doesn’t start until the middle of September so it took me a few weeks to have some work to show.  I’ll try to post updates every couple of weeks from here on out so be sure to check back often because there are a lot of exciting things coming up.


1st Grade will be spending the year looking at specific Artists and exploring some basic principles of design.  We began with American Color Field painter Kenneth Noland & explored vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines using colored tissue paper.  Here are a few of the results.  Right now all of these are displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway of the main building.



Every year, 3rd Grade spends time in class learning about Portland and even takes a field trip downtown in the Spring.  I decided to enhance this by spending the year with them exploring art & Artists in and around Portland.  These fabulous works are inspired by Portland Artist Kim Hamblin.  She uses cut paper and nails to make beautiful works of art.  We looked at her work, talked about complementary colors & then used paper & brads to make our artwork.  The piece above by Kim Hamblin is called Flight 5 & if you have a chance you should really check out her work at