Second Grade Gallery

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Castle Etchings

As a class we had a draw along in which I showed the children some simple ways to draw the main parts of a castle. We also explored different ways to include textures in our drawings. In the next class students applied what they had learned and made several sketches of a castle and the surrounding environment. When they completed a drawing to their liking and meeting the criteria students taped their drawing to a sheet of thick metal foil. To transfer the drawing to the metal students traced the pencil lines of the drawing with a ballpoint pen. This left an impression of the original drawing on the metal. Lastly, students painted their metal engraving with India ink. Then they rubbed off the excess ink leaving it only in the indentations thereby darkening their drawing.

Mixed–Up Portraits

Second graders were introduced to the work of Pablo Picasso. They learned about cubism and how he showed multiple points of view at once in his portraits. Children used this inspiration when making their tempera-painting portrait. When adding pattern to the clothing and background we looked at the work of Henri Matisse.

Clay Medallions

In this lesson students learned about radial symmetry found in art and is the environment. We also explored Native American Medallions. Students pressed their clay into a disk and divided it into even pie like sections. The children decorated alternate sections identically by drawing in the clay, and pressing objects into the clay to leave an impression. After the decorating was finished students poked a hole in the top for a hanging string, and 3 holes in the bottom to hang beads from. After the clay was dried and fired students painted it with tempera and then immediately washed away the excess causing the paint to only stay in the indentations. In some occasions students made their own beads from clay to adorn the medallion, and other times they have used dyed wooden beads. *This is a variation of a lesson adapted from fellow art teacher Kiersten Bram.

Matisse Cut-outs

Students were inspired by the cut paper compositions of Henri Matisse. In addition to learning about Matisse's work students learned about organic and geometric shapes, and positive and negative shapes. Each child included a figure in their composition and surrounded it with shapes that created an environment that depicted a story.