Plug In Robots

Second grade artists have recently finished up these cool plug-in robots.  The head and body is created by tracing around an outlet switch plate cover, and the arms and legs are made by tracing around the trays that hold watercolors.  We did this project last year too, and it was so successful and the kids loved it ….so I repeated it this year.

I’ve been focusing on shading techniques with my second graders this year, and I think it shows in their creative coloring on these pieces.

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Second Grade Sunflowers

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.

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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.

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African Elephants

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.

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My fourth graders had fun “dressing up” their elephants with blankets and hats!

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I love how each elephant has its own personality!

Final step – adding some beads to the fabric and elephant for extra sparkle.

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(I think this project is borrowed from an old School Arts or Arts & Activities article…seems like the elephants were painted on silk!)


Second Grade artists have been enjoying our Grinch project.  We drew them with Sharpie markers and added grinch green color to his face, using our understanding of shading and value that we developed this fall with our pumpkin project.  They also drew a fancy border around Mr. Grinch and made it smaller than his head so he “popped out” of the picture frame.  We finished up with a little printmaking with tempera paint dipped in bottle caps for a fun frame.Grinch Grinch Grinch

The Great Pumpkin Project

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.

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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!

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Our principal, Mrs. Reagan, so dearly loved our pumpkins – so three now decorate her office door!

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