Friday, October 24, 2014

Underground drawings, 2nd grade





Second graders are finishing up some really creative drawings set under the ground, so we did a lot of visualizing to come up with our ideas. We looked at some classic book illustrations by Garth Williams of Cricket in Times Square fame and the always classic Beatrix Potter. All of these story animals live in a hidden away, subterranean world and the job of the illustrator is to create that world.




We talked about visual textures found in the layers of soil, clay, and rock. Some drawings show a realistic setting for a possible hibernating animal, readying for winter, and others have more of a sense of humor about them, as if the animals lived like people.


Thanks to North Art Alert for posting their lesson on underground worlds - my students were inspired by yours.






















7 comments:

  1. I freaking love these! Well done. There is a good chance I'll be borrowing this lesson.

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    1. Please do! And thanks for leaving a comment too :)

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  2. Lots happening underground! Love opportunities for kids to design and innovate. You always have so much good stuff going on over there : )

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    1. Hey thanks SJS Art Studio, it is always fun to see what they come up with

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  3. There is something magical about drawing underground :-) May be it's why Alice in Wonderland is so magical as well :-)

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  4. Hi Hope,
    I'm going to give this a shot with my 2nd grade kiddos this year!! EXCITED!

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  5. Love the ants. We will be doing these. The children will be learning more about them from our Flipping Learning Blog on http://flippinglearning.blogspot.co.nz/ Thanks for the inspiration and time you put in showing us what you have been doing.

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