Second Grade: Symmetrical Name Creatures

Second grade scientists took inspiration from nature, and discovered insect-like creatures hidden within the shapes and lines in their names to create these wonderful, symmetrical name creatures. They took it a step further and examined each other’s name creatures, considering the purpose of each detail, from wings, to pincers and antennae. Here are some of the results!

"Khloee"

“Khloee”

"Sadie"

“Sadie”

"Ace"

“Ace”

"Zachary"

“Zachary”

"Brian"

“Brian”

"Kayli"

“Kayli”

"Finnegan"

“Finnegan”

 

Second Grade: Interactive Chalk Drawings

How awesome are these?! My second graders had a blast creating these interactive chalk pastel drawings based on one of their favorite foods. If you’re from Ithaca or have visited Ithaca, chances are you’ve stopped by Ithaca Bakery (I hope you have!), which means you’ve seen their expansive menu. We had the pleasure of working with Sara E. Fort, a local artist who creates the beautiful chalk pastel menus for the bakery as a part of her role as the bakery’s graphic designer. Sara is so incredibly talented, and the kids loved having a “real artist” in our art room!

As much as I love the final products, my favorite part of this project was witnessing the play and imagination that went on as their food drawings came to life and they pretended to interact with the artworks. Lots of laughing, lots of chalk pastel-covered hands, and a lot of proud artists!

A big thank you to Sara for spending time with us and inspiring us through your work!

NOTE: For all the art teachers out there, I purchased Chalk Board Contact Paper and covered large pieces of cardboard. The paper went on smoothly, took the pastel quite nicely, and clean up was a breeze!

Second Grade: Comfort Boxes

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Second Graders created these warm and fuzzy artworks inspired by artist Kim Welling’s whimsical “Instant Comfort Pocket Box.”

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I knew my second graders had to make these when I saw the comfort boxes on Pinterest and thought to myself, want to make a comfort box! And who wouldn’t love to receive one of these? I really love Welling’s art work and the hand-drawn yet graphic qualities it carries…I think it’s a gift if you can create art that is so easily accessible to people of all ages. Enjoy 🙂

Parker

Parker

Ben

Ben

Sophia

Sophia

Amaya

Amaya

Jaden

Jaden

Cole

Cole

Aiden

Aiden

Delaney

Delaney

Hailey

Hailey

Wabi-sabi

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“Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature…It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent.”

-Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of “The Wabi-sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty”

Second graders embraced the Wabi-sabi way of art as we created these imperfectly beautiful pinch pots inspired by the tea bowls designed with cobalt blue from Mid-15th Century Arita, Japan. We talked about how our world and the people around us (including ourselves!) are always changing, and never perfect, but that’s what makes us beautiful.

The following photographs were taken by second grade artists!

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