I teach at a Title One, performance improvement school with the majority of our students participating in the free lunch program. For many of my students, school is where they have access to books, supplies and other resources that support their academic achievements. Many of my students come from homes where their parents are working hard to make ends meet and want their students to be successful in school.
My second graders are inquisitive and love to learn and they inspire my teaching everyday!
My students enjoy learning about different artists like Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo, and creating work in their styles. It is time for my students to create original works that focus on different art elements, like line types. Our unit will begin with a reading of "I'm Not A Scribble" storybook to look at and discuss line drawings in the book. The crochet thread and cardstock will be used to create string art, integrating math with art, to create geometric shapes and curved shapes using straight lines. This will then lead to learning about different line types, experimenting with these line types and creating line art. The watercolor pencils will be used to create line art and eventually, will be used to explore primary, secondary and tertiary colors. The sharpeners are for more students to sharpen their watercolor pencils in an efficient manner; the sharpener we have is an old school mechanical sharpener. It does such a great job that I need to monitor it so my students are not in line, trying to sharpen all their pencils all daylong. Extra sharpeners will cut down on their time waiting to sharpen and give them more time to be creative and work on their art. The drying rack will provide a place for their artwork to dry when they draw line art with their watercolor pencils and then, take a wet brush to convert them into beautiful watercolor paintings. This will lead to learning about the art element of color.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Art projects like this one, will help my students learn about lines and color while fostering their creativity and building their confidence as artists.
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