Second and third graders designed a glowing Pysanky using chalk on black paper. Reading Rainbows Reshenka’s Eggs was the inspiration for these beautiful drawings. The author demonstrated the process of using dyes and wax to create the traditional Ukrainian eggs. We examined Pysankys to note the basic format of the design. Students used double horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines to set up their design. They added traditional Pysanky lines and motifs to create symmetrical images. During the demonstration I showed how to hold the chalk before dipping the. tip into water. I reminded students to keep hands off any colored areas to avoid smudges. They used a kneaded eraser to clean up the few smudges. Ambrite chalk produces the most vibrant colors compared to the other brands I have used.
Students used their own water cup and shared chalk with a partner.
Second graders learned about the life and work of George Seurat. They drew butterfly wings on 12″ x 18″ paper, then traced them to create symmetrical butterflies. Dots of color were added with tempera dabbers and dotters.
These festive second grade sombreros were done as part of our celebration of Mexican art. Students used bright tempera on colorful 18″ x 24″ paper. Painted Paper Blog was the inspiration for this lesson.
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
This was a fun and simple year end project that used up left over paint. Second and third graders looked at a variety of sand dollars as the inspiration for these colorful paintings. They noticed the roundish shapes, five spokes and textures made of dots and lines. Students painted directly on large 12″ x 18″ colored construction paper, remembering to pull the brush to get smooth lines. Radial symmetry was emphasized. The students carefully cut out their giant sand dollars when dry.