The 2nd Grade knocked out some amazing art work. First they did Royal Self Portraits using collage and mixed media. They also worked hard on making Mexican Suns using plaster gauze strips and paint.
For the self portraits, they were supposed to black out any teeth they might have missing or in stages of coming in. It gives everyone such character.
We talked about observing themselves in a mirror as well as thinking about color choices. The head was painted to match their own skin tone and using oil pastels they added their facial features.
I can't believe I only took one picture of this stage!
Then once the background was colored in, the students had to add a crown (for the royal part) and a shirt. I think they are so cheerful.
The Mexican Sun sculptures were a lesson in perseverance! It was hard to create the armature support from a paper bowl and cut triangles with masking tape. Then they had to wrap the whole thing in gooey plaster strips.
Then the students went to town transforming the dried plaster sun into a vibrant mexican sun. These are on display outside the cafeteria for the next few weeks.
Once the rays were painted, the students cut out circles and drew on the faces. These were supposed to be ready for the Mexican Fiesta, but the snow day bumped things around.