Exploring the Elements of Art – The Final Course Overview

My course prototype focuses on one strand of Grade 3 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 followed by a final project to tie everything together. The course will also connect with the Saskatchewan curriculum Grade 3 Arts Education theme: Environment. All lessons and activities will be within Seesaw activities, including instructional videos that are also available on a YouTube playlist.

Course Website: Exploring the Elements of Art: Grade 3 Arts Education Unit

All course information, including the Course Profile is available on the website listed above. I also provide a detailed outline of the course with links to each focus lesson. For teachers that do not use Seesaw, I have provided screenshots of the activities and direct links to the instructional videos available on YouTube.

Below is a brief screencast that will walk you through my course. I encourage you to look through my course website on your own. Although the course was designed for an online asynchronous environment, the activities and videos can also be used in a face-to-face or blended learning classroom.

My course design and creation served two purposes – to fulfill curriculum requirements for my own Grade 3 students and for my EC&I 834 course prototype project. I chose the visual art strand of arts education because I wanted to explore ways to implement lessons and activities with limited student supplies. Since students are working at home, I am unable to provide unique art supplies, like paint, pastels, clay and different types of paper. Instead, I based all activities on supplies that students would be expected to have at home from a regular school supply list (markers, crayons, glue and scissors).

One benefit of creating and implementing the course with Grade 3 students from the beginning was that I was able to design a lesson based on a specific element of art and then a project to go with the lesson. After the first week of receiving student responses, I made some adjustments for subsequent lessons based on feedback from my EC&I 834 classmates and student work. One example was to include a self-assessment piece for all art projects to encourage the best quality of work from my students. I think designing the entire course from start to finish without involving students would be very challenging, so I enjoyed the opportunity to work through the unit at the same pace as my students.

Each week I recorded an instructional video based on an element of art and I tried to maintain the same theme and opening montage. I wanted to be able to produce a video playlist at the end of the unit that fully covered each element, and I am very happy to report that I achieved this goal! I feel that the unit is very comprehensive and succinct and could be adapted for use in different grade levels as well. It is my hope that any teacher could use this course, even if they do not use Seesaw with their students. The instructional videos and art projects were designed to be used in all learning environments.

I hope you enjoyed exploring my course!

Until next time,


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,