Grade 3: Tints and Shades Self-Portraits

Third graders mixed tints and shades to create these fabulous self-portraits.  We did this project after I saw my friend Mrs. Haney do the same with her third graders.  The students received an 8×10 xerox print of their photograph.  We then studied how to make tints (add white) and how to mix shades (add black).  They looked at their photographs to determine where the tints and shades would go.  As students mixed tints and shades they discovered they could change the lightness or darkness of a color by adding more or less white or black.  They in turn, created their own value scale on their self-portrait.

What a challenging project! But they did a great job!!

Mrs. Custer


Third Grade: Cultural Self Portrait paintings

Third graders looked at the artwork of Frida Kahlo and discussed several symbols that are representative of their culture.  They created these lovely self-portraits with Mrs. Thomas using several painting techniques. I especially enjoy the bright colors and patterns.

-Mrs. Custer

Grade 3: My emotions are showing!

Third grade students created self-portraits using colors to represent their emotions.  We discussed how our facial expressions change when we show anger, happiness, sadness, and surprise.  Students selected an emotion and chose oil pastel colors that best represented their feelings. 

After students finished their projects, they wrote artist statements.  William E. wrote: “I chose happy because I’m always happy.  I colored the background because it makes me feel safe.  I chose red because it makes me be happy.”

The third graders did a great job!

Mrs. Custer