Flowers, 2nd Grade

Happy Spring! 

Enjoy this Spring inspired project created by our 2nd Grade Artists!  Students were introduced to the work of Andy Warhol, through the use of an Emaze presentation.  Students learned the history of Andy Warhol and how he became the Prince of POP! After introducing students to the artist students used art criticism to answer questions, “What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder? when looking at his,“Flower” print.


Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964. 

We also watched a neat video on Pop Art that my second graders just loved!

We got started by creating our grassy background. Students used repetition in lines to imitate the grass seen in Andy Warhol’s Flowers. Our second graders used a variety of lines (tall, thin, thick, wavy, straight) to create their grassy  texture. They also played with different  values of green and blue oil pastels to create depth, highlights, and shadows.  Next, we used our mop brush to paint green and black liquid watercolor over our entire paper. We learned that this is called a resist or as I like to call magic

On day two, we used simple shapes to draw flowers. Students drew their flowers on a small 4”x 4” piece of paper. These were then transferred to a Styrofoam board.  I have to give a big shout out to Cassie Stephens for her awesome printmaking techniques and videos! We traced over their lines two times to create an imprint in the foam. We used two different color pens to keep track of where we have been and to make our lines were deep enough. Next, we cut out our flower shape and prepared to print!  Next class students will be using the printmaking process to print their flower 2 to 4 times. Students use their knowledge of warm and cool colors and friendly colors. Students enjoyed taking turns at the printmaking station and pulling multiple prints (copies) of their flowers just like Andy Warhol did! I just love this lesson and couldn’t wait to blog about it. Inspiration for this lesson came from Deep Space Sparkle! 

FullSizeRender-42B’s Flowers are currently on display outside the cafeteria, just in time for spring! I couldn’t wait to get these artworks back from Square 1 art so that I could put them out on display for all to see and enjoy.

3rd Grade, Almond Blossoms inspired by Van Gogh

“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly’.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh accomplished this and so much more in his short life. Almond blossom

 Vincent van Gogh, Almond Blossom, February 1890 oil on canvas, 73.3 cm x 92.4 cm

It was years ago, at the Van Gogh Up Close exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that I first came in contact with Vincent’s beautiful, “Almond Blossom” painting. The final painting before exiting the show,  they truly saved the best for last. The story behind this painting makes it all the more special. Van Gogh created the painting for his newborn nephew Vincent Willem. His brother Theo wrote, in a letter announcing the arrival “As we told you, we’ll name him after you, and I’m making the wish that he may be as determined and as courageous as you.” Vincent Willem would later go on to found the Van Gogh Museum. The meaning behind this painting is one of hope, love, and happiness.IMG_6995

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After viewing and discussing the painting, each student created their interpretations of it. They mixed paint to create value in their color and used Van Gogh’s signature style to outline their trees shape and create visual texture in their brush strokes. We collaged on pink flowers after we learned that the ones in Van Gogh’s painting originally were pinker but have faded due to exposer to light. The almond tree, a symbol of new life and springtime, made the perfect subject matter for our artwork. I’ve loved watching these creations blossom and take form.

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IMG_7006 Students filled in their picture plane with blossoming branches that seem to float against the blue sky. Students created their blossoms in many stages, from bud, to peak blossom to falling pedals. They did so splendidly. So proud of our blossoming third grade artists!