Last week for art, we created beautiful art trees, inspired by an image I found by a quick Google search. We used water color paint on construction paper to create our multi-colored backgrounds, added our cut trees after the water color dried, and finally added “snow” to our pictures using tempura paint. The students made trees shaped in whatever style they wanted, and some students even added icicles! This might be my favorite art that we have done so far this year! Find more of the art projects we are doing in second grade here: https://www.pinterest.com/saumirah/simple-second-grade-art/
I love when we have (read: make) a little more time for art during the week! I feel like my students really enjoy the opportunity to use their brains in a different way, and I relish in opportunities to encourage my students to apply their skills and preferences to artistic endeavors. Last week, we took time over two days to create snorkeling self-portraits, inspired by this blog that I found over a year ago. I originally taught this project as part of a daily activity for a summer camp I directed at a private school.
We used face templates that I found from this awesome website and fish templates that I found from a quick Google image search. I believe using templates/cut-outs is really helpful, especially when doing this project within a limited time frame and with younger students. My second graders still need lots of guidance when it comes to arts and crafting, and I always do projects with them or circulate the room the entire time they’re working, so that I can be there to assist with cutting and gluing where it’s needed.
We happened to be reading about jelly fish in our curriculum this week and we wrote about what life would be like if we were sea creatures. Though not identical to our curriculum studies, it was great to tie in our art lesson to the ideas we were discussing for our academic studies last week. I think it’s also nice to throw a little summer into the midst of winter whenever possible!
Find more photos of this project on my Pinterest page, in Simple Second Grade Art and Simple Summer Arts and Crafts.
Hello! I have gotten behind on posting photos of our weekly arts and crafts activities, so I’m going to attempt to catch up some this morning. For fall, we focused more on quick and crafty projects than on detailed creations in the style of a particular artist. We created fall wreaths near the beginning of fall, “boo books” around Halloween, and colorful turkeys when we returned from fall break. Find photos of our Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts below. Thanks to Teachers Pay Teachers for these awesome, free downloads! Find more photos of art projects I’ve found online and done with my classes on my Pinterest page.
One of my favorite art activities to do with my class is painting with marbles! This idea comes from Art Hub for Kids and their video below.
Here is what our finished products looked like this year:
In deciding what project I wanted our class to focus on for today’s Art Day, I thought it would be fun to have a little discussion about the recent holiday we celebrated–Labor Day! Before beginning to design our tool belts, we had a discussion about the meaning of the word labor (Google told us it means: “work, especially hard physical work”) and watched a cute little video about people who work.
Later, we colored some tools. (Click the pictures below to enlarge.).
Finally, Miss McWoodson stapled together our tool belts!
This was a very fun, simple craft, and I like that it related to the recent holiday we had in the United States. It took me longer than expected to fit students for belts (hence me only getting through about 5 students today!). Also, I can’t figure out how to make the belt adjustable. Future goals!