At any rate, I've given myself a goal this school year - add 5 brand new lessons to each grade level - to keep the curriculum fresh and interesting (and exciting!)
This is the first new 3rd grade lesson. I realized we didn't paint much in 3rd grade with all the other lessons and units I had in the pile so this was perfect.
The center circle was traced using a roll of masking tape. That circle is painted first with white. Then drop by drop, each concentric ring was painted until they covered the papers.
We talked about :
color + white = a tint
color + black = a shade
color + black + white = a tone
some tables had straight color from the bottle, some had color + black (a shade) originally so the finals are either tints or tones.
Day 2 is for finishing. I have always been of the opinion that holidays didn't need to be present in the art room Plenty of my colleagues did arty, crafty holiday projects so I stuck with my art history and techniques faithfully for years.
Since I'm trying to add some spark into the curriculum, I gave the students the option for a little spooky halloween kinds of fun for this, if they were so inclined.
(meaning, we had lots of spiders and webs)
(this one had a minor paper fold-over while it was wet but we decided it looked a lot like cloud cover)