Lizards - The 2nd grade students worked hard to make these paper lizards. We started by decorating large pieces of construction paper on both sides. To create their 3D bodies, we folded the construction paper in half long ways. Then folded the edges in to meet the center line. Opening the paper flat, the top corners were…
Owls - The second graders drew these owls. To start this project, we outlined our owls in white colored pencil. Once we added all of our details, we filled them in with special construction paper crayons. In the background, we drew stars, moons, tree branches, etc.
Shape Robots - The second grade students flexed their imaginations to create these shape robots. We began by reading ROBO-SAUCE by Adam Rubin. It is the story of a boy who drinks robo-sauce to turn into a real robot. We drew our robots together using crayon, choosing shapes for the head, arms, buttons, etc. as we went. To complete the…
Hot Air Balloons - The second grade learned about line and pattern during this project. Using crayons, they drew hot air balloons (and blimps!) and filled them in with as many different types of lines and patterns that they could think of. They added fun backgrounds like mountains and buildings, and colored in the whole picture with water activated…
Lighthouses - The second grade students painted lighthouses.  We talked about why we have them, and where they are typically found.  We also talked about the way that they look and what the different parts do.  Using real lighthouses as our inspiration, students got creative.  They included all of the traditional pieces, but added their personal touch with…
Mandalas - The 4k, first, and second grade students made these mandala designs. They each began with a large circle traced in pencil. They drew their designs in crayon first, then some chose to add tempera paint. They were encouraged to fill the entire circle as creatively as they could.
Abstract Loops - For this project, the first and second grade students had the opportunity to practice patterns as well as experiment with materials. They began by drawing a looping line. Then, used colored crayons to draw patterns in the spaces they created. To finish, we talked about how the wax of the crayons creates a resist against…