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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2nd Grade

My Second Grade classes come to the Art Room for one hour a week. As often as possible I try to teach their Science and Social Studies through Art. Below are their creations from September to December.


Second Graders created their lollipop trees after looking at the work of Hundertwasser. We discussed the importance of trees and how we should reduce, reuse and recycle. We also discussed how important it is to make sure while doing art we know what a landscape is. We discussed foreground, middle ground and background. Each student was responsible to make these sections of a landscape look different.

Mehndi Hands

Second Graders learned about the art form of Mehndi that is an art form across India as well as Africa. The reason they trace their own hands is that at the end of the year they will trace their hand again in red marker to see how much they have grown. This is part of their Science Curriculum.

Teaching Garden Predictions

This Fall all classes were able to plant bulbs in the Teaching Garden. My Second Graders were able to draw a bulb and label the parts. My students were also able to predict what their bulbs will look like when they bloom. The Second Graders have Alpine Bells, Tulips and Daffodils.

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchac

Second Graders learned about the Native American tale the Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchac. Students created their own Turtle Calendar with the thirteen full moons of the year represented in the middle with the 28 days between the moons as the segments surrounding the center. We will be creating the turtle rattles in March. 

Dream Catchers

Second Graders chose an animal symbol that they connected to after we read some information on Native Americans and their belief system on Dream Catchers. Students did a traditional weaving and added beads to complete their work.

Fall Landscapes with Shadows

Second Graders learned about landscapes- foreground, middle ground and background. They created their Fall landscape to reflect common themes during that timw of the year as well as added shadows.

Andy Warhol Inspired Self Portraits

Second Graders looked at the work of Andy Warhol and made self portrait prints like the artists. Students learned that making a printing block produced an inverse or flipped print of their drawing. Students added colors to help express emotions.

Seahorse Landscape

I read the book Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle. Students created three seahorses to show size and depth. 

Lois Mailou African Masks

Second Graders created African Masks inspired by the African American Artist Lois Mailou. We did this during February for Black History Month.

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