We started this lesson with a brief power point about the Middle Ages. Students viewed images of castles, queens, kings, knights, armor, tapestries and illuminated letters. Students worked on 16 x 20″ pages of heavy peach paper. To ensure the portrait was large, I had students create their own oval face template on scrap paper. They traced the oval lightly in chalk onto the large paper. From that point on, the students used black tempera to add the face, crown and clothing. We looked at examples of kings and queens for ideas when designing the crown and royal clothing. Students used jumbo craypas to add color. The final step was to use the sides of broken craypas to layer color in the background. White was used to provide contrast between the portrait and background.
Posts tagged ‘second grade’
My seconds graders were so into Elf on a Shelf. They loved making these 42″ elves. The secret to their success was to present a part and complete it before going onto the next. We started with the shirt and pants. Students were allowed to use 2 or 3 colors for the suit and hat. We talked about their favorite sports teams, and how each part of the uniform repeated the same colors. The next class focused on the face, ears, hands and shoes. On the last day, students fit a special hat onto the head and decorated it with the their “team” colors. We brainstormed elf jobs and students could add a tool, ribbon, present, etc. for their elf to hold.
Second graders combined simple forms to create these adorable penguins. They practiced rolling spheres which they flattened to create the eyes and belly. An egg shape was formed for the body. Two smaller egg shapes were flattened for wings. The beak was a flattened cone.
Metallic paper and fiberfill were used for ice and snow. Students added eggs and fish for interest.
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.
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 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.