We read "Snow" by Uri Shulvitz. We drew landscapes on a circle of drawing paper. We posed our bodies as if we were enjoying a snowy day. We cut out our figures and placed them in our landscape. Then we created snow clothes for our figure with construction paper, colored pencil, and oil pastel.
We read “An Eye For Color”, a biography of Josef Albers’ life. We did some exploratory work with color after the story, much in the way Albers would have worked with his college art students. The following class, we created a collage using different squares of colored paper. Students were given freedom in how they combined the shapes, then they chose a completed piece to share with the class. We ended with a class critique!
Second graders explore texture in a variety of ways in the PRE Art Room. First we created a paper collage, learning about tearing, curling paper fringe, cutting and making a texture plate rubbing.
Learning About Ancient Greece
Second graders explore Ancient Civilizations through artwork each winter. First we learn about the mosaics of Greece, Rome and Turkey. We explore the columns as well:
We learn about Athenian Vases and pottery. Ancient Greeks depicted images in the glaze about every day Greek life. We create vases of our own, learning about the purpose of each vase through shape, and draw images from everyday second grade life. We learn about the greek patterns on the vases and create our own invented patterns as well.
Second graders review their knowledge of making a "pinch pot". They learn how to make a bird out of one ball of clay, pinching and pulling to make a head, body, tail and beak. They add texture with tools to make the side of the nest and the feathers on their birds. Later, after the greenware is fired to bisqueware, the students have their choice of colors to glaze their sculptures. They are fired once more and wrapped in tissue paper, placed in a decorative paper bag for transport.
Balance and Symmetry
Second graders participate in a unit on balance, specifically symmetry. We:
- Learn to fold a piece of paper and cut a shape out of it to discover a symmetrical shape.
- Students work in groups to create a symmetrical design with shape blocks.
Next, students learn about the Japanese Notan. Students:
- Create symmetry on four sides of a square by cutting a shape and flipping it the opposite direction to adhere it to the paper. They immediately recognize the creation of new shapes in the balancing and symmetry they created.
- Students try cutting two shapes at a time to create a more complicated design (double cut).
- They then choose a piece to put on display at school. Students learn to choose a piece and "curate" a display when they make decisions in this way. (NYS Visual Arts Standard 4.1)