Spring Flowers

My second graders are finishing up these beautiful flowers with big bugs.  They drew a large flower and then studied pictures of bugs to complete their bug drawings.

IMG_0841 Painting the background with watercolors.


We also learned a fancy new art word: ANALOGOUS.  These are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel; second graders learned that the colors who are “neighbors” on the color wheel mix together nicely because they are closely related.  They blended their flower petals with oil pastels, carefully checking the color wheel for their best analogous colors to blend.

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Special thanks to my colleague Mrs. Persch for this project idea!

I CAN: draw a large realistic insect; tell a friend my favorite analogous colors; blend colors using oil pastel.

Two More…

Almost forgot about these little beauties!  First grade artists explored PATTERN as they created these sweet pattern owls.

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Second graders reviewed primary and secondary colors and fine tuned their color mixing skills as they mixed green, purple, orange, and brown to create gorgeous ears of fall Indian corn.

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See more of these projects at our on-line art gallery, ARTSONIA.

Fall Trees

These beautiful fall trees were created by Georgetown second grade artists.  After reviewing warm and cool color schemes, they painted a warm tone watercolor wash for their background.

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Second graders practiced drawing lots of trees until they got one “just right” to put on their background.  Both Mrs. Brouwer and our artists were surprised how difficult drawing a tree can be – but our awesome artists stuck with the challenge and produced some great trees.  It helped to view several art pieces that showed how other artists drew trees, and to examine the branches and tree trunks that these artists had drawn and painted.

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I Can Goals:

* I can use warm colors to paint a watercolor wash

* I can draw a realistic tree with many branches

Special thanks to DawnStar for this project inspiration

Jabuti The Tortoise

Second grade artists have created a new work of art based on a book by Gerald McDermott, “Jabuti the Tortoise”.  Jabuti is a tortoise from the Amazon Rain Forest who loves to play tricks on his friends.  Second graders enjoyed the story, but the best part was creating their own tortoises!

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Creating the chalk border for our Jabuti drawings, and the finished pieces.

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See more of this project on our ARTSONIA Online Art Gallery here.

Really, Really BIG Squids!

Second Grade artists have been enjoying Kevin Sherry’s books about squids, including his I‘m The Biggest Thing In the Ocean!

They created their own big squids and painted them with tempera paint.  The best part?  Drawing all those cool TEXTURE squiggles in the wet tempera paint with a special rubber tipped squiggle brush.  The hardest part?  Outlining with a big black crayon and shading the edges for that special squid look – the final step really took a long time!

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Second Grade Story Quilts

Second grade artists have been studying the work of American artist Faith Ringgold.  They were intrigued by her famous Story Quilts and enjoyed reading the story and words that surround her quilts.

Ringgold - "The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles"

Ringgold – “The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles”

Second graders learned how to weave paper to create their “quilt” and added stories about themselves to finish the piece.  They created a giant cover to hold their weavings, and took them home – just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Ringgold - Story Quilt

Ringgold – Story Quilt

Ringgold - Story Quilt

Ringgold – Story Quilt

Snowflake Owls

Second grade artists had a blast cutting the “perfect” snowflake for their paper collage owls.  They learned how to do a special “snowflake fold” and tried out some new scissor cutting techniques for making spectacular snowflakes.  Aren’t these owls a hoooot!


Like ’em?  See lots more on our ARTSONIA Museum site!