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3rd Grade: Tints and Shades

24 Mar

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, 3rd Graders are learning all about tints and shades in preparation for a painting project.

We learned that a tint is created when you add white to a color to make it lighter.

We learned that a shade is created when you add black to a color to make it darker.

Check back soon to see what we’ve created using tints and shades!



3rd Grade: CLICK! Celebrating Communities

1 Feb

In Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Johnson’s Art Rooms, 3rd graders discussed the meaning of community. We took a look at historic Ellicott City here in Howard County as an example of a local community. 3rd graders even got to spend some time in this community when they took a field trip to Old Ellicott City with their homeroom teachers!

To celebrate the rich history of the Old Ellicott City community, 3rd graders drew inspiration from their experiences on the field trip, as well as from photos of the town to create a three-dimensional city!

As a final step, 3rd graders took photographs of the community they created together. We discussed how the artist, Walter Wick worked with a team to create and photograph communities for his book series, “Can You See What I See?” and “I Spy”. Four of these photographs were sent to a Howard County Art Exhibition called “Click! Celebrating Communities”.

You can check out these four photographs by Ilchester students (as well as photographs by K-12 students from other Howard County schools) at the Artists’ Reception this Thursday, February 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Department of Education Gallery… or see them below!

3rd Grade: Express Yourself!

25 Jan

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, 3rd Graders used mirrors to study their facial features up close, and draw from observation. We discussed proportions, and how the face is made up of a series of measurements:

Proportions of the head (

Then, we viewed expressive portraits by master artists, such as Judith Leyster and Gustave Courbet. By reading each artist’s facial expression, we determined the mood of the artwork.

Judith Leyster, "Self Portrait" (

Gustave Courbet, "The Desperate Man" (

Students practiced conveying a mood and emotion in their self portrait using facial expression. Students also made color choices in the background and border pattern that reflected the mood featured in their portrait.

Can you tell which mood and/or emotion each artist is conveying?