2nd and 3rd Grade’s latest project is an animal abstraction, where they draw one half of an animal’s face realistically and the other half in semi-abstraction. The realistic part was easy. They all picked an animal and followed the image. It’s the semi-abstraction that caught them off guard. It was surprisingly difficult to let go of the visual standard that they started with the realistic half of their animals. But once they understood that it was okay for the eye to be a little crooked and the colors to be picked on a whim, they really opened up to the idea. There was a lot of laughter as silly patterns and vibrant colors showed up on their papers. The last step is to add a totally abstract background from magazine clippings, which we’ll be starting when everyone returns from Break.