Category Archives: 2nd/3rd

3rd grade: Alberto Giacometti

After learning about the artist Alberto Giacometti, 3rd graders “struck a pose” for their friends to sketch them in the style of Giacometti ( extremely tall, impossibly thin, unproportioned). They are currently working on sculpting a “metal” (tin foil) Giacometti figure!

Here is a friend posing in a split just like her Giacometti figure!! 🙂


1st-5th grade: Jackson Pollock

1st-5th graders took a break from their current projects today to have a fun day with paint! We discussed the art of Jackson Pollock, who was an American painter and played a large part in the abstract expressionist movement. They looked at Pollock’s art and had the opportunity to create their own Pollock “splatter art”. As you can tell, we had a ton of fun getting messy with the paint!

2nd Grade: Art of Japan

2nd Grade has been studying landscapes. In particular, we looked at the landscape scrolls of Japan, and the ink/watercolor washes they used to paint them. The students were eager to ask questions and learn everything they could about the history of the scrolls and how they were used, which really impressed me! They soaked up the information like sponges and applied it to their paintings and their conversations while we worked. I think the finished products are simply beautiful. I cannot wait to hang them up!


2nd Grade: Value Silhouettes

Last week, the 2nd Grade class completed the Value Silhouette project. It consisted of 3 parts. First, they drew or traced an animal of their choice onto their papers. Second, they painted a value scale around the animal. And finally, we had a critique where the class got to talk to each other about things they were proud of and things they thought they could do better. After critique, I let everyone go back and correct anything they wanted to fix before turning in their papers. I was so impressed with how well the class handled feedback from their peers! Everyone was very supportive of the work of their classmates. These paintings are now up in the hallway for everyone to admire.