Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2nd Grade Winter Art

Abstract Painting with the Winter Colors

This was a very fun lesson. First we talked about the winter season and what colors we see in the winter. We learned about cool colors and we looked at famous artwork with primarily cool colors. Then we looked at the color wheel and discussed how to make colors lighter or darker by adding white (tint) or black (shade) to a color. We discussed a palette and how it describes the colors we have to work with. Then we created a scientific experiment by playing with mixing colors. We used blue, violet, white and black to create different shades and tints of color to create an abstract painting with cool winter colors. First we painted shapes and then added more colors to create beautiful lines and shapes with different colors. When we finished making our shapes, we painted organic lines swirling around our shapes. We filled our entire paper with lines and shapes of different colors. We added splashes of color to give our paintings some pizzazz.

Core Tie-In: Math, Science,

Art Concepts: Color, Line, Shapes, Tint, Shade, Organic, Geometric

Vocabulary Words: Tint, Shade, Cool, Abstract, Experiment

Kindergarten Snow Crystals

As part of this lesson we studied the painting "Snow Queen" by Lee Bennion. We painted a beautiful watercolor sky using the cool colors blue and violet. When we were finished painting we sprinkled salt on our pictures to see if we could make tiny little snowflakes where the salt landed. We read the book Snowflake Bentley and looked at beautiful pictures of real snowflakes while our paintings were drying. Finally, we walked around the room and looked at each others pictures to see the little salty snowflakes that magically appeared on our pictures.