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.
This second grade project began with a lesson on painting trees. During the next class, bark textures were crayoned onto the trunk. Leaves and grass were added with markers. Students had time to begin their cut paper tree houses. Treehouses were finished and background details were added during the third class. The final touch was a ladder made from short craft sticks.
Second and third graders created these wonderful winter sculptures in 2 classes. The tree was formed from a paper lunch bag. Five parallel slits were cut from the opening of the bag to its midpoint. The bag was carefully opened. The trunk was formed by twisting the bag from the bottom up to the slits. Several strips were held together and twisted to form each branch. After gluing the tree to a base, fluffy fiberfil was used for snow.
Students created the animals from small bits of Model Magic. I demonstrated how to model a simple animal and bird and provided photos of skunks, dogs, bunnies, etc. Each table had an egg carton with bits of colored Model Magic. Students were encouraged to add interesting details to their animals. A bottle cap of tacky glue was provided, along with toothpicks for scooping up tiny dabs of glue.
Sprinkling snow glitter on the snow, or dabbing glitter glaze on the branches, adds a sparkling touch if time allows.
The second grade study of Grant Wood culminated in this mixed media composition. Students watched the video “Dropping in on Grant Wood” to learn about his life and work. They used thick markers to draw barn boards and woodgrain. The beak, crown, waddle and chick were cut from colored paper. Fine point colored markers were used for the details on the hen. Cut out eggs were glued to a straw nest.