Click here to view the contour line work sheet the students completed.
2nd graders are learning about the element of LINE. Line is so important to start the school year off with because lines are literally the basis of every drawing, painting and photograph etc. In the last couple of classes, we have discussed in review the many different forms of line. A very important type of line when it comes to art is contour line. Contour line essentially is the outline of an object. Searching for the contour line of an object while drawing helps the artist to REALLY look at the object they are creating and drawing in detail. 2nd grade students began by practicing finding contour lines through a worksheet in which they traced the actual image using a pencil. From their they transferred the lines from the worksheet onto a page in their sketchbooks. After we became pro's at finding contour lines, we set up a still life at every table. A still life is used by artists to depict mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects. In this case, we used school and art supplies. The students drew from life , meaning they had to really look at the objects they were drawing and created a contour line still life. We learned that if objects are blocking one another, we need to draw them behind or in front of one other. The students drew their still lifes using a white pencil on black paper. To finish these projects the students will add color to their contour lines by tracing what they have already drawn with the appropriate color.
Click here to view the contour line work sheet the students completed.
2nd Grade is currently creating the cover of their very own, hand made sketchbook! Sketchbooks are like an artists journal or notebook. 3rd graders will be utilizing these sketchbooks for taking notes, creating preliminary sketches or drawings and during "free-draw" time. On the cover of these sketchbooks, students have created a drawing of their choosing to decorate their sketchbooks. Some students have created a beautiful abstract drawings by just using colors and lines as their artwork and others have created a representational drawing of something of their choice. Sketchbooks are a great way to store ideas, drawings and notes about artists and artworks that they are learning about to later refer to after leaving 2nd grade.
Learning objectives: Techniques in using watercolors, listening to guided instruction.
Sketchbook: a journal or book used for ideas and drawings by artists.
Welcome back students and welcome to PS31q to any of our new students! I am so excited to get creating in the art room! This year we will be looking even more closely at the foundations of art, the elements of design! We will also look at some of the more difficult foundations that are called the Principles of design. In each lesson we will be learning about a different element or principle as well as learning about some artists too! I can't wait to get messy with you all!
To begin, the students were introduced to the artwork of the Folk Artists. In the presentation, we google image searched Folk Art from different cultures and they identified the different shapes, lines, colors and patterns that they see in in the artwork. They then created a pattern grid in their sketchbooks that they will later use in the creation of their Folk Art landscapes. During the next class, students brainstormed all the different types of landscapes that they can think of. They then began to simplify a landscape by creating a drawing that is using only simple shapes. Inside those shapes they then used their pattern grids to fill those shapes with different patterns. After they finished their drawing, they colored in the shapes of their patterns, playing close attention to the fact that color is an important factor in creating a pattern. They will also use the oil pastels to color in solid areas of color in their shapes to add contrast. The students then completed their artworks by painting their backgrounds using watercolors. When they have completed this task they will create a story about their landscapes in a written assignment.
Click on some of the images we looked at during our google search below:
Students started the year by discovering themselves through art through creating the cover of a sketchbook. The students created a drawing of themselves through the use of a symbolic self-portrait. They will use the space of the cover to create a drawing of all the things they love in the effort to describe who they are as a person. This drawing will be used as the cover of their sketchbooks in which all note, sketches, writings and free draws will be stored throughout the entire year. By the end of the school year, the students will be able to take this sketchbook home to use as reference the following year in 3rd grade.
Our 2nd graders have been introduced to the Japanese history of creating hand scrolls. After researching on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's webpage, we came to learn that Japanese paintings come in a variety of ways, including large screens used to partition a room, hanging scrolls that are displayed against a wall, and bound books and albums. The illustrated handscroll or emaki, has traditionally been a format that is particularly used for narrative painting. Like a book, a handscroll is an intimate object that is held in the hands and is ideally viewed by only a few people at a time. Composed of sheets of paper or silk joined horizontally and rolled around a dowel, handscrolls are rolled open one segment at a time, in sections about two feet long. We also spoke about some of the images on the website and how each one told a story. On the MET's page, each of the images accompanied an explanation of the scrolls and what each image means. Before I read them to the class, we tried together to figure out the narrative on each. Cherry Blossoms are one of Japan's most famous tree's and we looked a little further into the meaning of them. We learned that there are several varieties of the cherry blossom tree, and while most of them produce flowering branches full of small pinkish-hued flowers, some of them produce actual cherries. In Japan, the cherry blossom is more than just a beautiful flowering tree. There are thousands upon thousands of cherry blossom trees in Japan, and each year the Japanese people closely anticipate and follow the blossoming of the trees. When the trees are in bloom, people come in large groups with their families and friends to view the flowers and to enjoy festivals with food and music.
The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It's a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it also short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year in brilliant force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious life is. So, when Japanese people come together to view the cherry blossom trees and marvel at their beauty, they aren't just thinking about the flowers themselves, but also about the larger meaning and deep cultural tradition the cherry blossom tree.
The students were then given a 9" x 18" piece of white paper, they used a wash of watercolors or chalk pastels in 3 different sections to create a sunset. Once their paintings were dry they were given "india ink", which is what was used to make Japanese Handscrolls, (in our case just some black tempera paint and water mixed together) a straw and an eye dropper. They used the eye dropper to squeeze out little puddles of "ink" onto their paper and blew into the straws to create the branches of their own cherry blossom trees. They then will mix together some red and white paint and paint on their flowers to their branches. A finishing touch will be to add the dowels and a red stamp of a Japanese Iconic stamp to create a beautiful handscroll.
Learning objectives: Multimedia art, Japanese Art History, internet research.
Wash: watered down water colors to create a tint of a color.
India ink: type of ink used to create Japanese Handscrolls.
Here's the link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's webpage that we used to research Japanese Handscrolls: