Monday, October 27, 2008

2nd Grade

Coming Soon: Garden Collages

We are learning about the French artist Henri Rousseau. He creates exciting jungle paintings.
Create your own jungle art here.

Favorite Color Paintings:

After reading the book A Blue So Blue, we talked about some our favorite colors or colors that are special to us. Then we created paintings that included these colors. This student choose to include a happy pink pig in a mud puddle because pink was her favorite color. 

Architectural drawings: We designed some really unique buildings after reading Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. 

After reading Leaf Man by Lois Elhert, were were inspired to create our own leaf people.

We have been practicing identifying vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines in art and in life. We created works of art that began from either a vertical or horizontal line. Can you tell which lines these artists started with?

We learned about Perspective, a rule that artists have figured out about the ways our eyes see the world. Things that are close to us look big, and things that are far away look small. We used our knowledge of perspective to create underwater scenes. We drew them in crayon and then painted over them with watercolors. Can you tell which objects are meant to be close to the viewer? Which ones are far away in the distance? How can you tell?

We learned about Pablo Picasso. He used different styles in his art, but one of his favorites was a style he invented called Cubism. In cubism, the artist breaks up the picture into small pieces, like cubes and rearranges them. We created cubist portraits by rearranging the parts of the face and using fun, bright colors. 


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