Textured Cities in Grade Two

Get ready for an exciting lesson you can try with your students the next time you talk about texture.

Give your students a piece of paper and tell them to choose two different colored crayons. Use old crayons that have no wrappers on them.

After asking your students what the word ‘texture‘ might mean, ask them how can we ‘see‘ texture. Kids will come up with all sorts of ideas but you basically want them to say that you can see texture by rubbing it onto paper with  pencils or crayons.

Go outside for a texture hunt and remind kids to rub their crayons in a ‘sleeping‘ position and encourage them to try two colors.

Back in the classroom, give out different colored 9×12 construction paper and hand out texture plates and sheets which have a wide range of textures on it and the kids love them. I got our classroom set from Dick Blick. Encourage your students to fill up the papers with all sorts of texture and to use all different colors.

Next, everyone gets a piece of white 12×18 paper and they draw a road or two with maybe a round-a-bout which was popular here because we have so many of them in Bahrain! The rest of the paper is for glueing  buildings, restaurants, cafe’s, malls, etc. that are cut out from the textured paper. Details such as restaurant names, people, bikes, etc can be done at the end with markers.

Aren’t these texture cities so adorable?

Can you see the cute stand up statue in the round-a-about?


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Matisse Inspired Collages in Grade Three

Matisse is one of my favorite artists because I love the simplicity of his collages and kids can relate so much to his art in any grade level. We went online to find information about Henri Matisse and his artwork. The kids immediately fell in love with the vibrant colors in his collages and wanted to get to a pair of scisssors as fast as they could.

I set out colored paper around the classroom, glue bottles and scissors and let the kids go for it. I reminded them for this project they could either create panels for their backgrounds and fill them with organic shapes or simply do a collage filled with organic shapes. No pencils were allowed and they had to freely cut away. They also needed to plan their shapes and arrange them before glueing anything down.

They had such a great time and the result was colorful and beautiful. What do you think?


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