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The 3rd Grade students learned about the art principal Emphasis and Focal Point while creating winter cardinal paintings. Emphasis in a piece of art refers to the object that first catches the viewer’s attention and stands out. By using contrasting colors students were able to have their cardinals be the focal point or area of emphasis in their artwork. Students carefully drew their cardinal and tree branches in their art, thinking about size, direction and location. Planning the size and location of the cardinal can also create emphasis in artwork. They painted the sky background of their painting and then carefully painted the cardinals and branches of their art. They finished by painting a black outline and adding details by splattering white paint for the wintery snow. Great Job 3rd Graders!