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.

4th Grade, Mandalas in the Making

Here is a sneak peak at the marvelous mandalas, our 4th grade artists have been busy created. We are currently in the final stage of the printmaking process. Students are finally seeing their designs come to life in color, shape, and  space.  Students have been busy the past couple weeks creating their mandala designs and tracing them onto styrofoam plates. The process of creating multiple impressions of one image, made the printmaking process so magical and fun.  I have enjoyed watching our 4th grade artists work together to create each of their 4 prints.

printmaking stationOur new printmaking station (my desk) 

The printmaking process 2 The printmaking process

pulling prints 1

The printmaking process

Our relief prints were created by transferring ink from our styrofoam plate to our prepared paper.  Impressions were pressed onto hand painted watercolor paper. Students created their abstract backgrounds using liquid watercolor, in either a warm or cool color scheme. When cut out and assembled,  our 4 ‘limited addition” prints, created one mandala.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Finished Mandalas, created by 4We and 4F, on display now!

2nd Grade, Visual Texture Fish

Second Grade has been learning about visual texture in Art!


Owen 2B


Chloe 2B


Colin 2B

Students used line, shape, and texture, to create fish for their Marine Habitats. Our fish were created using the printmaking process. After creating our fish, we traced them onto styrofoam plates. Next, we cut them out and began printing them using colorful printing ink and construction paper. Students loved mixing gold or silver with their color, and applying it to their fish using a brayer. We created our underwater scenes with our knowledge of marine habitat creatures and plants. For the background, students used oil pastels and tempera cakes. Students could also choose to add salt to create texture in their ocean water design. We attached our fish using sticky foam circles (3-D O’s) to create 3 dimension in our design and make our fish stand out.  Our second graders did an awesome job making their fish look like they might feel in real life. These works of art made a wonderful addition to their habitat studies.

IMG_2684A collection of 2B’s artwork

IMG_2682A collection of 2C’s artwork