2012 Projects for Second Grade:
Project: Contour Line Drawings
Lines are the most basic element of drawing; they’re basically a moving dot. Lines can go up and down, back and forth, straight or curvy. Artists use contour lines to make art work look more interesting and realistic. In this activity, students will trace a leaf with concentric contour lines to create dynamic and dimensional images.
A contour is a line that defines or bounds anything — defines its edge. There are more contours on any complex object than the outside edge. There are many more subtle contours that can be seen and drawn. Things like folds and color changes can be represented by contour lines— anything that has an edge.
Lesson Plan and Support Document:
Contour line lesson for 2nd Grade
November: Geometric Shape
Project: Paul Klee Geometric Castle and Sun
The project is based on Paul Klee’s Castle and Sun painting. Students will be creating their own Castle and Sun piece using construction paper crayons on black paper. They will trace pre-cut, cardboard geometric shapes to create their castle.
2nd Gr Geo Shape Klee LP
2nd Gr Geo Shape Klee Samples
2nd Gr Paul Klee Castle and Sun Color
About Paul Klee Castle and Sun
Background information about artist Paul Klee
A short bio of Paul Klee
Basic information about shape in art
January: No Art in the Classroom
Project: Kandinsky Concentric Circles
This project was originally written as a geometric shape project; however this year we are focusing on the link between emotion and color. Kandinsky was a fan of all the arts, including music. He believed that the emotion of a painting can be projected through the use of color. The students will be listening to different types of music, while painting simple concentric circles. We are experimenting to see if the emotion of a song will influence the color choices of our students.
2nd Gr Kandinsky Color LP
March: No Art in the Classroom