This project allowed students to review texture, shape, line, pattern and collage. It was a great way to start off the year.
In science, second graders learn about life cycles. In art, we talked about the life cycle of a butterfly and tricks artists can use to create symmetrical art (folded paper!). Students spend a day painting and then a day or two carefully adding color with oil pastels.
This is one of my favorite painting projects for lower elementary. Students spend one day painting black lines on white paper. I have them use a cardboard square and stamp it in the paint. On the next art class they paint with watercolor paint. Each is beautifully unique! It's a great way to teach line, shape and color.
Students experimented with Jackson Pollock's drip painting method. They found this to be super fun (and super messy!). After the paint dried, they made a paper loom from one painting and cut paper strips from the other. They learned about warm colors (red, orange and yellow) and cool colors (blue, green and purple). On the final day, each student wove their paper strips over, under, over under to fill the loom.