Every student will complete a clay project this year. It’s a bit of a challenge to store 600+ projects, but somehow it gets done and the kids just love seeing their project once it goes through the glaze firing! So do I!
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!
I’ve always loved Chinese artwork that is often black and white with a pop of color. These pieces were inspired by Chinese cherry blossom artworks. We drew in a moon with oil pastel, mixing in a little yellow (or blue) to make it look a little more realistic. The students then learned how to use analogous colors to create a wet-on-wet background for their trees. Once the background was dry they painted their tree on top with watercolor. The next step was to mix different shades of pink for the cherry blossoms. We then added a dot of yellow to the middle. We finished this project by learning how to do some Chinese characters. Some kids chose a symbol that represented a word, others did their names. The kids said they are sure glad the letters they have to write every day are so much easier!