This is the second time that our Grade 2/3 class has experimented with pastel on black construction paper. The students started off by drawing their snowman and hat in white. using a circular motion they coloured in the white snowman body. Using 3 shades of blue and starting on the outside edge of the snowman, they made a "C" shaped shadow. They were directed not to leave any of the original white showing on the outside edge. using the same 3 shades of blue, students filled in the hat starting with the darkest shade on the left and working towards the lightest shade on the right. The details were then added to the face and two shades of brown were used for the arms. Snowflakes are simple white "X's". The ground that the snowman sits on is rounded in white and brown to show shadow.
These were made by k, 1, 2 & 3 students in our school who are reading buddies. The older students helped their little buddies if they were experiencing difficulty. This project was inspired by the Leo Lionni book "An Extraordinary Egg". It is a collage piece. The first step was painting a piece of paper in the desired shades of green or grey. Students made 2 shade of the colour (one for the body and one for the arms and legs). Once the paint was dry, students used a cardboard cutout, which I made, to trace the outline of the animal onto their painted pieces of paper. Next, they cut out the shapes and glued them onto a new page to form their alligator or frog. A white circle was added for the eye and a sharpie was used to draw in the eyeball and the mounth. For the rocks, students put all of their scraps together and formed jagged shapes. They glued them to the bottom of the page to look like rocks. The final step was adding a bit of blue paint around the image to make the sky.
Another fabulous idea from pinterest! This craft project called "Roy G. Biv" helps students remember the order of the colours in the rainbow. The acronym stands for: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. He is a simple cut and paste project using construction paper. Students were encouraged to be creative when designing their tie for Mr. Biv.
The grade 2/3 class made these poppies. The students started off with a black piece of paper. Using oil pastel, they drew two red "blobs" on the page. Then, they drew a cicle in the center of the "blob" and coloured red from the cirled to the outside edge of the "blob". Next, students drew a stem and coloured it green. For the background, students were asked to start at the bottom and draw a yellow line accross the page, stopping slightly before and after the edge of the stem. They drew a box to the bottom of the page, leaving a slight edge around the stem. The edge that is left is the black line that appears to float around the image. They continued drawing lines of colour accross the page and colouring in around the edge of the flower. As they got closer to the top, the students started using blue shades for the sky rather than the yellows and greens that they used below.
These beautiful poppies were created by our K's and 1's. They started by painting big red blobs on the bottom of their blue construction paper and small red blobs on the top. This gives the illusion of perspective. The paint dried over night. The next day, the students used oil pastels to create the center circle of their poppy and the surrounding grass.
This was a Grade 2/3 art project. This was a two day project. On the first day we discusses tints and shades and made the moonlit background. They started with the center white circle and added more blue each time they made a new circle. On the second day we drew a tree on large black paper, cut it out and glued it on the piece.
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Renee Landry is an Elementary School Teacher in Rothesay, NB.
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