Year 3 Art and design skills

Developing skills in: design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation; making a variety of puppets using different materials, completing a drawing from observation, learning the difference between a tint and a shade and creating versions of a cartoon drawn by a famous illustrator

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Introduction to sketchbooks

This video introduces the sketchbook - a must for all artists to record their ideas, inspiration and a place to practise and refine their skills

Learning about…Carl Giles

Looking at the Carl Giles cartoon ‘Mother’s Day’ that depicts a family picnic, children consider the humour of the piece and explore the concept of family, drawing their own family having a meal in a cartoon style and giving each member a distinguishing feature

Painting: Tints and shades

Learning that a 'tint' is made by adding white to a colour and a 'shade' by adding black, pupils mix their own colours to paint the template of an animal, working across the image from light to dark and completing a contrasting background. Learning about the technique of Diego Velázquez

Drawing: My toy story

Bringing in their favourite soft toy from home, children draw from observation, first positioning the toy so they have their preferred vantage point, then sketching in the basic shape outlines using the natural movement of the wrist before finally adding in details

Craft and Design 1: Craft puppets

Using a polystyrene ball, a selection of paints, card, dowel rods and grey felt, children make a puppet mouse inspired by the book ‘The Dark at the Top of the Stairs’ by Sam McBratney

Craft and Design 2: Sock puppets

Pupils transform an unwanted, old sock into a cat 'monster' using googly eyes, card, pens and fabric

Craft and Design 3: Shadow puppets

Children create cat and mice shadow puppets from templates or by drawing their own silhouettes, then make and decorate a puppet theatre using a cereal box, ready for a performance

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources