Our second graders made these adorable turtles. I love how the patterns turned out and the great colors the students used. We drew the turtle together, but the students had to had their own patterns. We also drew some flowers together, but they were allowed to add in their own background items as well.
We will be participating in Art to Remember once again to raise funds for the art program at Franklin. The funds we raise all come back in the form of art supplies that each and every student gets to use. For more info about Art to Remember visit their website. https://arttoremember.com/
I’m so excited about our Art to Remember projects this year. Since we work on these for the first several weeks of school and then I have to send them off to Art to Remember I thought I’d share our progress so far. (K – fish, 1 – duck, 2 – owl, 3 – lighthouse, 4 – toucan, 5 – city/Denver skyline)
The second graders did a really good job on these winter foxes. They learned about using three values and small strokes with their oil pastel to create the look of animal fur. It was more difficult than coloring in the body with a solid color, but we were aiming to add texture. The students also learned about creating form on the winter trees using black watercolor and mat board to move the paint around.
The second graders created these awesome penguins. They started with a colorful painted background where they were allowed to paint whatever they wanted. We then moved on to the penguins and icebergs, which the students drew step by step with me. Finally, the students used a variety of materials to decorate and personalize their penguins.
I wanted to introduce my second graders to some art from around the world so I chose to teach them about Chinese Ming vases. The students were guided through a lesson on how to draw a variety of vase types. I then taught them how to draw a pagoda and/or a dragon. The students then added their own details, including patterns. We colored them with a variety of blue values. The students then used maker to color on coffee filters with a variety of red values. We then sprayed them with water and let them dry. We used these to make the cherry blossoms after adding some branches in the vase. The students finished these off with the addition of some Chinese characters. The students amazed me with their detailed work! (sorry, these were a bit hard to photograph!)
I love doing art projects that reflect the beauty of fall in Colorado. This year I showed our second graders how to draw some simple leaves that we then outlined with black glue. We then used chalk pastel to color the leaves. I showed the students how to use a variety of value/color to show the changing colors of their leaves. The students also learned about warm and cool colors which helped create contrast between the leaves and the background.
Our second graders did these beautiful flamingos. I challenged them to mix colors and they did an amazing job! We used oil pastel for the flamingos and watercolor for the background. I mixed in an iridescent white to some of the watercolor and they kids loved the sparkle…like glitter without the mess!