“Woman in a Hat”

2nd Graders did observational drawings based on the Picasso print “Woman in a Hat with Pompoms and a Printed Blouse” They did not draw with pencil first. They could only use markers.

This was difficult for some as they could not erase mistakes.

They did a great job.

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Portland Artist Jesse Reno inspired paintings are finally done!

Of course I had to hang the district show tonight and these could not be in it!

AGGHHHH!!  It never fails.

So if you did not read the past blog you will have to check it out.  I started with the kids creating textures using their shoes.  I was going to do something with a contour line shoe after but found myself surfing the net and came across Portland artist Jesse Renos youtubes.  I fell in love with all the primitive images and knew that I would incorporate this into the textures.

“Acceptance, That is the Key to Unlocking”

We did some “imagination busters” and on the smartboard and created our own new animals by combining 2 -4 animals.  The requirement was that the new animal had to have a combination of animals with fur, fins, scales, or skin.  But it could not be both fur…..and of course they could not just be BORING animals like a cat or a dog!


They brought back their homework and we traced at least 2 on the back of their shoe textures.  They cut them out and then needed to use 2 spirals and other shapes in the background.  We talked about repetition of images and off they went.

Once everything was glued down they use their 3 favorite chalk colors to scribble in some color in the background.  Thinned down white tempera paint was smeared over the chalk for the pastel coloring.  Last, they added additional black and white drawings to complete the image.


Foreground, Middle ground, Background

2nd graders learned about the placement of objects in a work of art.  They painted hills then added snow people.  Basic stuff until they had to dress them remembering that everything gets smaller as the object goes into the background.   Once the hats, scarves and gloves were added next came the STORM!!!  Loading up the toothbrushes and we had “snow”!

I also try to educate our parents as well.  When I put up a display of the kids work I try to include a write up to let parents know all the concepts that their young artists learned.  So this way they actually understand what went into the art.  Hopefully they don’t just see Snow people paintings, now they can have a conversation with their kids about foreground, middle ground and background!


Texture shoes, lines and shapes

Did you know that someone had to design the bottom of your shoes?  Now Second graders do too.  There are more than zigzags and ripple lined treads now!  I could not believe all the variety of designs now left in the snow!!  What a great way to advertise your product.  2nd graders are using these decorated steps to create a unique crayon design.  They were so excited to take off their shoes…IN ART!!! Once they started working on finding the empty shapes, they were so FOCUSED!

I will later show them some of the art of artist Jesse Reno.

I love art teacher blogs!.  I get some great inspirations. Thanks to Pamela Holdermans blog I came across Jesse Reno.

I’m sure this will lead to some interesting conversations and comparisons.  This will set them up to learn more about the primitive art that influenced him.

Our next project will be of Aboriginal influences.

We may even use the shoe texture piece as our background…….it’s about the process more than the project!


We also watched a couple of videos about crayon artist Herb Williams  check it out!

Kandinsky to trees

Once students were familiar with the art of Wassily Kandinsky we designed our own Kandinsky-like trees using our knowledge of complementary colors and how to draw a tree.  Students again mixed all their colors using primary colors plus white!  Check out a few of them! 

2nd Grade meets Wassily Kandinsky

Students began this study with a brief look at Kandinsky’s variety of works.  They noticed a progression of the artist images “disappearing”.  We talked about shape and the colors that he used.  Students are using crayon and loads of muscles to create their own circle image, like Kandinsky’s Farbstudie Quadrate, c.1913. They are now gathering lids and circles from the recycle bins and will be creating a dimensional circle design.  I wish I could take credit for this idea but I found it on the internet from another art teacher.