2nd graders enjoyed discussing Australia and it's native people, the Aboriginals. We looked at a variety of Aboriginal Dot Paintings and found animals and symbols inside them. Then we looked at pictures of animals that live in Australia such as Koalas, dingos, crocodile, porcupines and many more. After the children choose an Australian animal and started with a sketch, the next art class 2nd graders began to paint in the animal and background all while listening to the musical sounds of the didgerdoo. We looked at and talked about different aboriginal symbols, their meanings and added them to our art work to tell more of a story. The last step of this Art lesson was to add the dots. It was fun to explore another culture and Art style, of course the 2nd graders work is outstanding!
To wrap up our color and line unit Kinders finished with an art activity learning about warm and cool colors. First we looked at different art works that used either warm or cool colors to help us recognize what warm colors are vs. cool colors. After, each table group worked together sorting cool and warm color swatches to help us better understand warm vs. cool colors. At the end of this art class every kinders applied their knowledge individually and painted a painting half with warm colors and half with cool colors. The following art class we reviewed all the different lines we learned about earlier in the year: squiggly, wavy, zig zag, dashed, dotted etc. The Kinders were to create a setting or rising sun over an ocean using different lines. The sun set had to be on the warm color side and the ocean had to be on the cool color side. We ended this lesson with a critique of the classes work.
Art can tell a story, and stories can inspire art. For this art lesson we read 2 Native American stories Tomie DePaola's The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and Paul Globe's The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses both with beautiful illustrations. We discussed how artists can be authors too.
The first step was to create a radiating sunset with paint. The following class we practiced drawing horses, we talked about the shapes we could use to draw a horse, and we looked at pictures of horses. Then we learned what a silhouette is: the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single color, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject.
These 1st graders did fantastic!, it wasn't easy to draw and cut out a horse.
Did you know our school Wawaloam Elementary was named after the Narragansett Tribe Princess Wawaloam who lived over 350 years ago in our area.
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