We’ve finished tacking up all our silly creatures & features around our kindness tree. Love the freedom and imagination!
Archive for the ‘2nd Grade’ Category
Hot, molten glass, bright colors, unusual forms and monumental scale impressed art students in September! We learned about the master glass blower Dale Chihuly and his work. Inspired, we worked as a community, just as Dale does, to create two large “chandeliers” for the art room this year! Each student made a spiral or “macchia” (one of Chihuly’s forms that somewhat resembles a fluorescent taco salad shell) and used heat or simple cutting to turn their 2D shapes into 3D forms. The 8th graders assembled and hung (well, really the hanginig part was done by Mrs. Conway up on top of a table with a hammer…) the pieces in two of the art room skylights. We love coming into the art room every day greeted by beautiful colors dancing through the light!
Second graders traveled to the beautiful country of China and discovered the ancient art of pottery. They realized how smart the Chinese people were long ago when they invented a beautiful new type of clay called porcelain. Some of the most recognizable and valuable porcelain from this country is blue and white china made as early as the 14th century. We cut out and painted our own blue and white porcelain vases.
Second graders traveled back home, but back in time to visit the Native Americans! First, they saw how they could “write” stories with pictures, called pictographs. They drew their stories on paper softened like the leather Native Americans would have used. Finally, they made their own paints out of natural items like leaves, berries, vegetables, and flowers and painted their pictographs with them!
In 2nd grade, we are going to travel the world! Our first stop was in Japan, where we saw the beautiful art of Shibori. This is the art of dying fabric in special patterns. Did you know that this was how tie dying was invented?! We folded up special papers and dipped them in dye, the same way the Japanese Shibori artists would. Look at the beautiful patterns we made…
In 2nd grade, we read the book Matthew’s Dream by Leo Lionni. It’s a story about a little mouse who visits a museum for the first time. He went home and had a dream that he was inside an abstract painting! He grew up to be a famous artist. We learned about the difference between geometric and organic shapes and drew an abstract design using these types of shapes. Then, we mixed some of our very own colors and painted our abstract artwork, just like Matthew the Mouse!