Grade 2 Cool Cats

Kids love drawing cats! For this project I decided to add a twist and let my students imagine their cats with human qualities.

They first drew their cats in a human portrait style–showing the head, neck, shoulders and arms. Next they added clothing and a hats. Cat ears NEEDED to be seen! Each cat also had to be holding something in it’s paw related to who it was (artist cat-easel, rockstar cat-microphone, fairy cat-wand etc.. )

The kids colored in with oil pastels and painted the backgrounds with watered down paint.


Don’t they look lovely?

Symmetrical Vases in Grade One

Frederik's Symmetrical Vase

I saw this idea on Oodles of Art and thought it would be a lovely lesson to use with my grade one class since they were learning about symmetry in math class. I know this because my son Sebey is in Grade one!

We talked about symmetry and discussed the things that we knew were symmetrical and they were quite suprised to find out that their faces and their bodies were symmetrical too! I demonstrated this by calling up different students and pretending to cut them in half and folding them!

Next we talked about flowers in vases and where you put them to show them off and we all agreed they should be placed on a table with a nice tablecloth! I gave out a large black paper and kids drew their large tables and colored the tablecloths with oil pastels.

The symmetrical vases were made by folding a colored piece of construction paper in half and drawing half a design of a vase starting at the fold. They were cut out and then the students put paint blobs on one side of their vase and the middle section. They closed it , moved the paint around inside and opened it up to discover symmetrical designs on their vases–they LOVED this part!  Once dried, the vase was glued somewhere on their tablecloth, the flowers were made with tissue paper and the stems were drawn with oil pastels.

Pretty don’t you think?

Chagall Inspired Dreaming in Grade 2


Omar's Dream

Omar’s Dream

I saw this idea on the art cart blog  and thought I would try it with my grade 2 kiddos. We started the lesson with a lively discussion about dreams and everyone had something interesting to share. Kids certainly love to talk about their dreams!

Next we looked at a few Chagall dream paintings that you can easily find on google images and we talked about the clues they could see that made the painting look like a dream, etc. A great word to introduce at this point  is surrealism.

I gave out large white paper and the students drew buildings and trees on the bottom of their paper and themselves flying horizontally on the top section. They could either fly with someone or a favorite toy which they needed to hold. The sun or moon could also have a face. They colored in with oil pastels and painted the background with watered down paint. They also added salt to their wet paint to give their background a nice effect.

I loved how these pictures turned out and the students were very pleased too. See how beautiful they are?

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