Insect Sculptures

2nd Grade Insect Sculptures Second Grade learned that artists have been studying insects for centuries. Scientists even became artist so that they could draw more accurate pictures of the insects they were learning about. We also looked at artist Jennifer Angus who uses thousands of real bugs to create wallpaper like designs on gallery walls….

Leader in Me Superheroes

2nd Grade Superheroes Materials: 80lb sulfite paper. 9X12 or 12X18 or watercolor paper black crayons oil pastels watercolor paint (we used liquid) Our school is starting the Leader in Me program so I thought I could have the second graders draw themselves not just as leaders but as superhero leaders! We talked about the seven…

Catching Snowflakes

This is one of my favorite lessons. I don’t repeat many lessons but this is one that I did last year and again this year. Every student feels successful with this project and I get so many compliments from teachers and parents! I think this will be one of my staples that I do every…

Where the Wild Things Are

This lesson turned out to be possibly my favorite thing I have done with my students. It was the first lesson I did after coming back after maternity leave and it took months but it ended up being totally worth it. Each monster that the kids imagined came out so creative and unique. I did…

2nd Grade Owls

We did a Square 1 Art fundraiser for PTO at one of my schools this winter. Each grade participated, it was a huge success! 2nd grade all did owls. First we did a directed drawing in oil pastel. The students had to show texture and repetition with the feathers. Then they used liquid watercolor to…

Jim Dine Hearts

Jim Dine Hearts This is a lesson I did rather last minute when I was asked to put up a Valentines Day display in the school front entrance but it has turned into one of my favorite lessons that I might repeat again. supplies: 8X11 white sulfite paper 9X12 colored construction paper oil pastels watercolor…

Catching Snowflakes

Second Grade made these adorable oil pastel drawings. I have gotten more compliments about this project than any other this year. Some teachers wanted to hang one in their own house! Many were reminded of Charlie Brown comics. It was also popular among the students, they felt very successful with this lesson, I think it’s…