2nd grade students looked at the studios of famous artists throughout history. We discussed these studios and talked about how these spaces reflect the artists' work, process and personality. Next, we looked at self-portraits of artists creating art (see below for some of these images). Combining these two concepts, students sketched themselves creating their own art in their own studio. For the final work, students drew themselves working on a piece of artwork of their choice. After completing the project students compared their sketches to their final work and reflected on everything they learned throughout the process. To see more student work CLICK HERE.
Students studied the art of Pablo Picasso, specifically his blue, rose and cubist periods. Then students drew a dog in a cubist manner, some drew from photos of their own pets. Finally, students painted their working to show texture using a monochromatic color scheme.
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In conjunction with the second grade immigration unit, students learned about the Statue of Liberty. I introduced the designer, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and engineer/architect Gustave Eiffel. We talked about symbolism and how the Statue of Liberty symbolized freedom to Ellis Island immigrants. We played a game where students had to guess a book by it's symbol, try to guess the examples below! Students then filled out a worksheet to help them come up with an object and book that they felt symbolized them. Finally, they drew themselves with their symbols as the Statue of Liberty and created a cityscape background using printmaking techniques.
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2nd graders began by reading the book A Perfect Day. The illustrations in this beautiful book were created by collaging together a variety of recycled paper. Using their knowledge of symmetry students traced and cut pieces of scrap paper. They collaged their pieces together with other recycled items to create their own snow angel. Finally, using tints and shades they created a snow background.
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2nd graders watched The Skeleton Dance from Disney’s Silly Symphony, one of the most innovative animations of its time. Students created their skeleton’s poses by sketching gesture drawings of their classmates in various positions. Students then had the extremely difficult task of painting their detailed skeleton using white Tempera paint. Finally, some students added props to their work using chalk pastel or colored pencils.
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Disney animators gesture drawing:
2nd Graders examined photos of the Aurora Borealis and discussed how the colors interact. Then using black and white chalk students rendered a realistic polar bear. Finally, using chalk pastel students tried to capture the beauty and movement of the northern lights applying their knowledge of different blending techniques. See more student work here: https://goo.gl/P3Yb2S. Check out the installation artwork created by Dan Acher we watched in class as inspiration for this project:
2nd-grade students learned about Georgia O'Keeffe and her large-scale flower paintings. We also discussed Veteran's day and how the US developed the tradition of the wearing of poppies to honor America's veterans. Students drew and painted their own poppies and attached them to a background they created using chalk pastel. These paintings will be displayed for our guest veterans during Monroe's Veterans Day assembly on November 11th.
See some of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings below.
2nd-grade students learned about still lives and sequence photography. Using pictures and real apples, students created a realistic apple eating sequence. They mixed colors of oil pastels for the apples and painted the background using watercolor.
Check out the still lives and photos the students used as inspiration for this project:
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