I see some very TALENTED third graders looking at me!! Third grade has been studying value in art the past couple of weeks. We discussed lightness and darkness of objects (VALUE) and how to draw and paint objects with shading to create value. These are not quite finished yet, we still have a little background to work on, but I just couldn't resist posting a few!
I showed them how to create texture by brushing the paint in short strokes in one direction, overlapping and blending the paint just enough to make a gradual change from one shade to the next. It's so tempting to keep painting to smooth out the brush strokes, but then we'd loose that fabulous furry texture!