My second grade artists created these beautiful sunflowers this week. We looked at Van Gogh’s Vase of Sunflowers and focused on a single sunflower, using careful shading in oil pastel to create our work of art.
Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
We learned about shading and value last fall with our pumpkin project – my second graders remembered this and did a beautiful job shading the sunflower petals.
Finishing touch – I hot-glued seeds in the centers.
Fourth Grade artists wrapped up their African Culture study with this elephant project. After looking at elephant images and practicing drawing elephants in their sketchbooks, they drew elephants on gray construction paper and shaded them with drawing pencils and white charcoal pencils.
My fourth graders had fun “dressing up” their elephants with blankets and hats!
Adding fabric to the frame.
I love how each elephant has its own personality!
Final step – adding some beads to the fabric and elephant for extra sparkle.
(I think this project is borrowed from an old School Arts or Arts & Activities article…seems like the elephants were painted on silk!)
My second grade artists have been learning about the art element of VALUE this month. This is kind of a difficult concept for second grade but I wanted to lay the groundwork for future projects relating to value.
So we began with a simple shading project using artist pencils. My kiddos were excited to use the REAL art pencils and blending stumps to create their carefully blended and shaded masks.
They really did grasp the way to shade from dark to light in this project! Next we moved on to pumpkins and I introduced value again, this time created by shading with color. We used oil pastels and blending stumps to shade and blend our pumpkins, creating the illusion of a very rounded form – with awesome results!
Our principal, Mrs. Reagan, so dearly loved our pumpkins – so three now decorate her office door!