Second grade usually does an insect unit. They learn about insects and their body parts. Every year, I do something a little different, it seems.
This year, the students drew about five boxes. They then put different bugs in each box.
The bugs could be real or imaginary.
I have a bunch of plastic insects from my children that I bring in for them to look at if they want to.
They could color the bugs with marker, pencil, or oil pastel.
When finished, they painted the space in between the boxes with brown paint to look a bit like wood.
Our black placemats we use get pretty messy after hundreds of uses. A few days ago, I noticed that the edges of most of them were folded and frayed and that many were bumpy from being wet from paint and glue. I swapped them out for new ones and wanted to use the spattered papers for something. I came up with this for my 1/2 combo class. A week or so ago, a gigantic box of skinny strips showed up in the art room. KISMET!! Students used the black mats at the substrate and the paper strips to weave.
They took paper strips and glued them on one edge of the paper. To remind them to use a small amount of glue and to hold the paper a few seconds so it wouldn’t slide around, we chanted dot, dot, not a lot, lot , press and hold 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
It was a pretty fun way to get them to make sure the one side was stuck before we started weaving. While that dried a bit, they decorated their strips and then did their weaving.
Well, they actually trimmed the edges. Then did their weaving.
Pretty great way to use up a box of paper strips that showed up in the art room and the old placemats as well.
“Through color, I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, rather than on man’s inhumanity to man.”
Last year, I did Alma Thomas paintings with my Kindergarten students. They used my home made sponge brushes.
This year, I have TONS of scrap paper. I put the scraps in several shallow bins on each table.
I figure my second graders would enjoy some collage so we looked at the work of Alma Thomas and they came up with these. I told them they could copy the artist or do their own thing.
We barely make a dent in the scrap paper.
In the teacher workroom is a box that says, “Art Scraps”. A few years ago, a recycling minded parent created the box for us. Teachers and parents put all the construction paper and other paper scraps from projects in the box. For this project, we used some of those scraps.
Students in my 1/2 combo class were given heart templates to trace. They then filled the hearts with scraps of paper.
I used cups of white glue mixed with water and some sponge brushes that were donated. They traced the heart templates with our black Staonal Crayons. They used scissors or tearing to make the pieces of paper smaller.
Because they came out so nice, I did the lesson again with my K/1 group.
For them I pre-traced the hearts to save time. There is only one class of this combo and it is small. They actually ended up having time to cut the hearts out and glue them onto black paper. I think it is always good for students to have extra scissor practice and the black background really makes the hearts stand out.
My 1/2 combo students read a book called “Those Shoes”.
One of the teachers asked if we could draw or paint shoes.
Since we were doing Still Life this month, I brought in several pairs of sneakers (mostly Converse High Tops).
I set them in the middle of the tables for the students to draw from.
Apparently, right now, I am into kids creating a background, making a second image or two then putting it all together.
This lesson came about because I was talking to my kids about Jack Frost. It got me to thinking who is he? Where did the idea come from?
Well, I did some research and found out that he likely originated from Norse fables. He is usually represented as an old man or a sprite or fairy.
I took this information to my 1-2 combo classes and told them to create their own version of Jack Frost.
Their reference was The Rise of the Guardians Movie and “Jack Frost nipping at their nose”. Here are a few of the images.
We used giant snowflake stamps on the blue paper for our backgrounds and our new crayola oil pastels! Man for an inexpensive student grade pastel, they are pretty creamy and easy to use.
It is always fun to do a project that kids ooh and ahh about. This was one of those. They seem to love when they lift up a paper and find an image they created underneath.
Unfortunately, the markers in the art cabinet were a little dry but we still had decent results.
They drew their winter scene on one half of the paper in marker then painted the bottom half with water, folded over and revealed a mirror image that looks like it may be a reflection in water. They created skaters to go on the pond.
I try to bring in lessons that celebrate some of the many cultures we have here in our community.
For this lesson, we looked at Persian tiles and talked a bit about the history.
I told the students they could imitate the tiles we looked at or they could be the tile designer and do their own thing.
Students could make their images symmetrical or not. They used oil pastel and permanent marker.
I did these lessons this week. I know I did them a couple of years ago. I do not always repeat but these are fun and perfect for fall.
Corn: Grade 2
Rob Dunlavy is a children’s book artist. Have you seen his Crystal Cities Rob Dunlavy just makes lines look magical! Some of his images remind me of the exterior of It’s a Small World at Disneyland.
Here is what he says about them: “Crystal Cities are whimsical explorations of the act of drawing and painting, line and color, atmosphere and narrative possibilities. At the moment, these are my “fine art”.
I had my second graders look at these amazing architecture images for our Archtober celebrations.
We just used marker. Some students really understood that we were “coloring in” with just lines.
Others wanted to color.