Second Grade


Second Grade Soars in Artville

 

The Second Grade Rainbow Rotation:

Ms. Feeney and Ms. Wright have art on Day 1, 11:10-12:30.

Ms. Thorne has art on Day 1, 1:45-3:05.

Ms. Merrill has art on Day 4, 11:10-12:30.

Ms. Strohschein has art on Day 4, 1:45-3:05 p.m.

Because we use the best paint in Artville, it is best to wear your not-best uniform on Art Day!


Recent Announcements

  • Winter Birds This is a lovely, technical painting project.  Children are excited when they follow the steps and have beautiful results.  There are creative choices along the way, so that each picture ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2018, 11:44 AM by Carol Grams
  • Adinkra: A Language of Symbols from Ghana     Each symbol represents an idea, often based on a natural object, or proverb.  A fern, which grows and clings to the riverbank, means independence and strength.  A hen's foot ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 10:45 AM by Carol Grams
  • It's a Mola! This project is inspired by the art of the indigenous people of the San Blas Islands, off the coast of Panama.  It reminds us that the language of color and ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2017, 3:16 PM by Carol Grams
  • Second Grade Cave Art     Second graders learned that people began making art long ago.  Our very early ancestors were the first artists, and their artwork survives in a few caves around the world.  We ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2017, 1:52 PM by Carol Grams
  • Second Grade Paints the Town! Part of the second grade curriculum is the study of communities, which of course inspires a great painting opportunity.  In constructing building shapes with lines, young artists had the chance ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2017, 11:13 AM by Carol Grams
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Winter Birds

posted Jan 24, 2018, 11:44 AM by Carol Grams

This is a lovely, technical painting project.  Children are excited when they follow the steps and have beautiful results.  There are creative choices along the way, so that each picture becomes the child's own.


Adinkra: A Language of Symbols from Ghana

posted Jan 19, 2018, 10:45 AM by Carol Grams

    
Each symbol represents an idea, often based on a natural object, or proverb.  A fern, which grows and clings to the riverbank, means independence and strength.  A hen's foot refers to a proverb about a hen accidentally stepping on and injuring her chicks when she is trying to protect them from danger.  A symbol showing overlapping crocodiles is "bellies mixed up, crocodiles mixed up," meaning that having a common food source will encourage cooperation and unity.  There are hundreds of symbols, and we only use a few.  
    Children learn that Martin Luther King's ancestors may have come from Ghana, not willingly.  I hope this is a gentle, but real, introduction to the hard idea of slavery in our history.  Learning about the art form of Adinkra is a way to celebrate some of our African heritage. 
    Adinkra is combined with the self portrait, as students are encouraged to use the symbols to express an idea about themselves.


    

It's a Mola!

posted Nov 17, 2017, 3:16 PM by Carol Grams

This project is inspired by the art of the indigenous people of the San Blas Islands, off the coast of Panama.  It reminds us that the language of color and form is universal, and art is made by people of many cultures, all around the world.  Children learned about symmetry, pattern, and color.

Second Grade Cave Art

posted Nov 9, 2017, 8:25 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 1:52 PM ]

    
Second graders learned that people began making art long ago.  Our very early ancestors were the first artists, and their artwork survives in a few caves around the world.  We looked especially at the Cave of Lascaux, and noticed lots of things about the paintings of animals that cover the walls of the cave.  We saw overlapping, variations in size and color, and the use of pattern and outline. In many of the caves, artists created hand prints or stencils, perhaps to sign their work, or maybe just to let us know they were there.

Our annual Tunnel of Fun transformed itself into a prehistoric cave.  Children were invited to bring art materials into the cave and create.



Second Grade Paints the Town!

posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:03 AM by Carol Grams   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 11:13 AM ]

Part of the second grade curriculum is the study of communities, which of course inspires a great painting opportunity.  In constructing building shapes with lines, young artists had the chance to revisit their first grade lesson on the language of lines.  Designing and naming their building was part of the project.  Children worked together to compose a large mural giving additional life and energy to their work.  The beautiful painting to the left, is "The University of Fun."  Below is "Upside Down Town."


Wood Assemblage

posted Apr 18, 2017, 7:00 PM by Carol Grams

For a small museum, the Weisman has some amazing pieces.  One of them that we look at with the Masterpiece Art Program, is a wood assemblage by Louise Nevelson, "Sun Over City." Children love the idea of making art from wood scraps.  They approached the project with great energy, and their creations showed variety and careful construction.


Inside/Outside

posted Apr 18, 2017, 8:09 AM by Carol Grams

Another Masterpiece Art activity, this cardboard project interprets The Pedicord Apartments at the Weisman Art Museum.  The second graders found cardboard pieces that suggested a building, just like the Pedicord artists used something real that they found.  The Pedicord is an interactive piece, with doors that conceal hidden fragments of the lives behind them.  Our young artists used contrast to create an inside/ouside dynamic that conveys the idea that there is something more behind the door.... 

Masterpiece Art: Architecture

posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:33 AM by Carol Grams

In second grade, Masterpiece Art presents sculpture from the Weisman Art Museum.  The first project is the spectacular Weisman Building, designed by Frank Gehry.  Parents have all done a beautiful job of getting the kids excited about architecture, design, and using unconventional materials to make imaginative structures.

Rainforest Animals with Sparkle

posted Feb 10, 2017, 2:41 PM by Carol Grams

What sorts of animals might be living in a rainforest of magic bean plants?  

Second Graders Plant Beans...

posted Feb 10, 2017, 2:37 PM by Carol Grams

What would happen if our beans were transported to the rainforest, and they had extra sunlight, lots of rainfall, and all the beautiful plants of the forest to inspire them?  They might grow into something altogether different from what we expect...

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