Friday, February 5, 2016

2nd Grade "Princess and the Pea" Collages

To connect with the fairy tale unit the students were working on in their classroom, the students created artwork inspired by the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea." First, the students painted a number of small sheets of paper and used tools like sponges, scrapers and toothpicks to create a variety of textures. Then, the students cut the paper in strips to create 20 mattresses that were glued to a piece of construction paper. They used construction paper to create a prince or princess along with their mattress and crayons to add any other details. These pieces are so colorful! It was a great way to use painted paper to create an interesting collage. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Butterflies

The Kindergarten and 1st Graders learned about monarch butterflies and the long journey they make to Mexico every winter. In this lesson, the students learned about symmetry and how to use basic printing techniques to create a symmetrical butterfly. On a piece of paper, the students painted the letter "B" in orange, folded the paper in half and pressed them together to print the shape on the other side of the paper. They repeated the same method to add black and white to their butterflies. It was really exciting to see how everything looked after opening the paper back up! Some of the classes had the opportunity to cut their butterflies out and create a collage with the butterfly. The butterflies are all unique and beautiful.