Grade 3

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Pattern Creatures
The third grade students invented creatures using black and white patterns to create the illusion of various shades of gray. First, the students observed and discussed etchings by Rembrandt. Rembrandt often used black lines and cross-hatching (lines drawn crossing over each other) to create various shades of gray in his work. The students learned that other black and white patterns can also create shades of gray and the closer the patterns were on the paper, the darker the gray.
The students were then asked to use their imagination and create creatures using black sharpie on white paper. They were asked to use different patterns to "color-in" their creatures. When the viewer looks at the creature up close they see the patterns, however when the viewer stands farther away from the image the patterns blend together into grays.


Rembrandt Etching
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