- Third graders watched Reading Rainbow’s Sunken Treasure to learn about the shipwrecked Atocha. They created an imaginary island and then added mountains, rivers, forests, etc. Fish, dragons, whales and ships were drawn in the surrounding sea. A compass rose completed the picture.
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Second graders love Santa’s Elves! These jolly 18″ x 24″ paintings began with a chalk outline on manilla paper. Students painted the large shapes first with big brushes and bright tempera paint. Details were added with small brushes once the first layer dried.
A winter wonderland of new snow inspired these playful drawings. Students first brainstormed ideas for fun in the snow. They started with a crayoned bank of freshly fallen snow. Students then took turns posing for gesture drawings. The figures were filled out to include warm winter clothing: snowpants, jackets, boots, hats, scarves and gloves
These clay frogs began as a pinch pot. While the pot was setting up, students rolled coils for the legs and tongue. The longer back legs were formed into the letter “s”. The tongue was slightly flattened. Students scored and applied slip to attach the legs and tongue. The little feet were gently flattened, then toes were pressed in with a toothpick. The eyes were small balls of clay stamped with a small marker cap.
Students painted a base coat of tempera on their frogs. After carefully touching up any unpainted specks, they added stripes or spots. Small sponge dabbers and q tips worked well for the spots. A final coat of tempera varnish sealed each piece.
I was given a collection of arrowheads found in the woods of upper Wisconsin. I had almost enough for every fourth grader. I supplemented the authentic arrowheads with hand-made ones from Oriental Trading Company so that each student could have one.
The arrowheads tied in perfectly with our fourth grade study of Native American art. The students wound thin wire around their arrowhead, leaving a long end to wrap around a length of suede. They added a symmetrical pattern of wooden beads to finish the piece.
These wonderful creatures were inspired by the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Second graders combined animal parts to design their own Wild Thing. They started with a large head near the top of the page. A wide array of animal parts appeared in the classroom: beaks, feathers, horns, teeth, ears, manes, wings, legs, tails, and more. Patterns added interest to the bodies. Students painted directly on the paper to keep the work spontaneous. They were instructed to “dress up their mess up” and work unwanted lines into the painting. The next class was spent coloring inside the shapes with craypas. When done, the Wild Things were cut out and glued to a colored background.
This lesson was designed to integrate art into our second grade study of dinosaurs. We looked at a power point of fossils and learned how they were formed. The fossil necklaces were made by rolling a ball of Model Magic, then lightly flattening it. The oval or roundish discs were pressed onto shells, ferns, etc. A straw was used to poke a hole in the top. When dry, students mixed watercolors to paint each piece. Matt Mod Podge sealed each piece. The cord is a piece of synthetic sinew, which is a waxed thread. Wooden beads that repeated the paint colors were added for embellishment.