Exploring the Elements of Art with Grade 3

The Saskatchewan Curriculum mandates that students spend 150 minutes per week to study Arts Education in Grade 3. Within Arts Education, there are four strands: Visual Art, Music, Dance and Drama. My course will focus on one strand, visual art, for Grade 3 students participating in asynchronous online learning.

“Colores” by ckmck is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Course Overview: The Elements of Art

Target Audience: Grade 3 students (ages 7-9)

Course Timeline: 12 lessons and activities over the course of about 6 weeks.

Course Delivery:

  • Online asynchronous learning.
  • Students will use Seesaw to access activities that will include instructional videos, assignments and assessment opportunities.
  • All activities will be scheduled and released in sequential order.
  • Instructional videos will also be accessible via a YouTube playlist.
  • Course outline with links to Seesaw activities will be hosted on a “landing page”, pinned to the top of the student journal.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:

This course will focus on one strand of Arts Education: Visual Art. The course will provide lessons and activities exploring the seven elements of art: colour, shape, line, form, space, value and texture. The course will also connect the Saskatchewan curriculum Grade 3 Arts Education theme: Environment. 

CP3.7 – Create visual art works that express ideas about the natural, constructed, and imagined environments.

CP3.8 – Create art works using a variety of visual art concepts (e.g., contour lines), forms (e.g., drawing, sculpture), and media (e.g., pencils, pastels, found objects).

Course Materials:

  • Computer/tablet and Internet access
  • Basic art supplies:
    • paper
    • pencil
    • glue 
    • scissors
    • colouring supplies (ex. markers, pencil crayons, crayons and/or paint if they have it)

Special Considerations:

  • All Seesaw activity instructions will include both text and audio to support all Grade 3 learners.
  • Students may need support or guidance from a learning mentor or parent/guardian, but the course is designed to be completed without assistance.

Activity Completion and Assessment:

  • All activities will be released in sequential order, starting with 2 activities per week.
  • Students will be expected to complete each activity before being assigned subsequent activities.
  • Some activities can be completed directly within Seesaw, but assessment activities will be completed outside of the app on paper. Students will take a photo of their work to show the completed assignment. 
  • Students will be provided with a clear rubric for all assessment activities. Learning mentors or parents/guardians are encouraged to review the rubric with their student before submitting for feedback.

Since students are participating at home without access to school art supplies, I based the activities on supplies students would normally be expected to acquire for in-person learning. I have also made the assumption that all students will have reliable access to technology and Internet (since they would be enrolled in an online school). I would love to hear any suggestions that would make this course more accessible to all students as well as any other feedback to support the course creation. Thank you in advance!

Until next time,


10 thoughts on “Exploring the Elements of Art with Grade 3

  1. Hello Catherine!
    This looks like a great, applicable course for you to use. I look forward to seeing your lessons as many teachers could use your ideas. In-person teaching right now requires us to only teach visual art. I like that your lessons will use materials most students already have and we would have in our classrooms.
    If students have the rubric and have gone over it with their guardians, do they assess themselves? Do you give them your own feedback along side the rubric?
    Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I didn’t consider a self-assessment, but that is always a great practice, especially within Arts Ed. I would likely give feedback in the form of a written or audio comment while referring to the rubric. Great things to think about! Thank you!


  2. For our Virtual School our students are offered math, ELA, social, science and PBL. The point of the PBL was to incorporate health, career, physed, and art. I struggled with how to meet the art strands in a virtual setting. I could visualize the music, dance and drama, but the visual piece you are working on was tough because there are so many art supplies in a classroom that I knew they wouldn’t have at home. I can’t wait to see how you work around this in an online setting. Thanks for sharing! Miranda

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks! It is a challenge, but I think I can experiment with both simple art supplies students have at home but also the Seesaw creative tools for digital art. Something to add to my course profile. Thanks for the feedback!


  3. Hi Catherine, I really like that you are focusing on Arts Education for your online course. We often leave out arts ed, which is a shame because so many students then miss out on the opportunity to express themselves creatively. I am looking forward to following along and seeing how you navigate the challenge of students having art supplies at home. I am sure you will be able to create some creative assignments to work around those challenges! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I definitely felt that way in the spring that families just weren’t looking for Arts Ed activities. So it will be interesting to develop a unit that will be assessed and given the same weight as other subjects. I’m already starting to think of ways to use the Seesaw creative tools to work on assignments as well!


  4. Catherine, I am happy to see you digging deeper into Arts Education for your course model. Since I have been lucky to see you teach Arts Ed in the classroom with my little beans, I can ONLY imagine what your online course will look like!! You are extremely creative and way more ‘tech savvy’ than myself. I am looking forward to seeing what activities you plan for the kiddos and I am hopeful that it will help me with my subsequent art lessons and activities, too. I can certainly see challenges within the homes of the learners’ but I am sure you have thought about those already and have a plan in order to reach success for every student in your course! Great profile and I can’t wait to see what the nitty gritty looks like for your Arts Ed course!
    – Jillian

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for the nice comments! It’s a different world online, so I have a feeling explaining how to complete the projects will be a little more challenge (when I am used to going step by step in the classroom). I’m also thinking about how I often gave students templates to complete their projects, but this won’t be an option. I never assume they have access to a printer, so I I’m not sure how I will work around that yet!


  5. What a great topic to choose for this assignment. Like many comments above, Arts Education is often one of the first things that get cut when timetables are short when we are behind in the classroom, when we go online learning, or because of a lack of resources, etc. However, what we often forget is how it uses a different part of the brain and that it is an outlet for many students. I am excited to see how you are going to deliver the curriculum using SeeSaw and YouTube. I hope to get some great ideas that I can transfer to Grade 6/7 and try out in my classroom. Not particularly with the SeeSaw platform, but some of your ideas in general. Thanks so much for sharing! I hope you have a blast creating this course.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s