2nd Grade

Welcome to 2nd Grade Art!

I am excited to have your child in second grade art! We will spend time learning about proportions of the human body (are your children drawing elbows and knees yet??) finding shapes in animals, learning about abstract art and color.  I have highlighted some of the assignments below. If you click on a picture, it will take you to an album in google photos. Use your back button to return here. I'm looking forward to a fun year!

Mrs. Silus

2nd Grade Torn Paper Bodies


Students learn about human proportion and tear paper using a template. When they finish tearing all of the pieces, they place their people doing something active.

Learning Objectives:
  • Body Proportion
  • Active Pose

2nd Grade Bending Bodies


2nd graders used their knowledge of proportion to draw a person in action. The person in their drawing should be six heads tall and show elbows and knees. We finished the drawing by outlining it in black and coloring it with crayons.

Learning Objectives:
  • Body Proportion
  • Composition
2nd Grade Cozy-Lonely


We looked at the art of abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky and then made our own abstract art using construction paper. The samples shown are using a different type of paper. Our goal is to have most of the shapes touching and overlapping (cozy) and one shape should be lonely.  This helps add balance and keeps your eyes moving.

Learning Objectives:
  • Patterning
  • Composition
2nd Grade Animal Stack Ups


Can you get a giraffe to balance on an ostrich? Let's have fun stacking animals! The second graders will look for common shapes in a variety of animals and then show their skills by drawing different types of animals all stacked up. We finish off the drawing by filling the animals with pattern in marker.

Learning Objectives:
  • Finding shapes in different animals
  • Patterns
  • Details
2nd Grade Animal Plaques


The second graders will use their knowledge of animals to create a clay animal with a background.

Learning Objectives:
  • Relief Sculpture
  • Texture
2nd Grade - Variations


What does it mean to use a theme in your artwork? We will look at the work of Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Paul Giavanopoulos to see how artists use themes.
The students will design their own simple shape to use in a painting. They will mix colors to create tints.

Learning Objectives:
  • Theme
  • Tints and color mixing
2nd Grade Birds


Birds are are made up of a circle and an oval. We will practice drawing birds from pictures. the students will color the birds with watercolor and try to match what they see in the picture.

Learning Objectives:
  • Finding shapes in the bird
  • Local color
2nd Grade Green Green


How do you make green? We will use watercolor to practice mixing green and paint vines trailing down the paper. Students will observe three types of plants: hoya, philedendron and an ivy. We also take a cutting of the plant and watch it take root!

Learning Objectives:
  • Mixing green
  • Observational Drawing
2nd Grade India
From 2nd Grade Mehndi


For several years the 2nd grade has had an India Residency where they learn about the culture of India and it's art. The art program supports this by creating two pieces. We do a Mithalia drawing that includes a decorated animal with a border and they practice creating body decoration called Mehnde.

bridge painting
2nd Grade Bridges
2nd Grade Dinosaurs


2nd graders learn about basic bridge types and see a slideshow of bridges from all over the world. They create their bridge in crayon and marker and then use watercolor for the sky and water. 


2nd graders love dinosaurs! We learn a simple way to draw dinosaurs and then place them in a prehistoric setting. We color the drawing with markers and try to show texture.

A knowledgeable second grade student:

       ©       Demonstrates skills using materials, techniques, and visual art concepts

                •  explores the media/techniques of clay sculpture, collage, oil crayons, figure drawing, and marker

                •  uses primary colors to mix secondary colors

                •  understands that texture can be felt and seen

                •  understands and uses pattern and repetition

                •  understands that size is relative

                •  uses angle to show action in figures

       ©        Describes works of art

                •  looks for the main idea and meaning in art works

                •  describes images seen in art work

                •  understands that art is made by people for different purposes

                •  understands that artists get their ideas from many sources

           ©       Relates art to history, culture, and other disciplines

                •  expresses perceptions and feelings about his/her everyday life and environment

                •  understands that artists sometimes use symbols to show meaning

                •  identifies art works from other cultures

                •  understands that art works serve a variety of functions, i.e. as body decoration, shelter, illustration

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