The Third grade artists were studying rocks and minerals in their classroom and even took a field trip to the State Museum to see their rock collections. We made connections to that trip in the art room. We studied rocks and minerals from the Smithsonian Institute collections on the iPads and made sketches of out favorites. From the sketches we made paintings. We also looked at a lot of actual rock and mineral specimens in the art room. Rocks are fascinating and the students were really enthusiastic.