Insects on Flowers
Second graders learn about insects in their classrooms, and we created these insects on flowers chalk pastel sun catchers in the Fine Arts Studio. Students were introduced to the basic body structure of all insects (head, thorax and abdomen and six legs), scientific drawings, and the importance of insects in the web of life.
Finally it was time to create! Second graders began by planning an interesting composition using cropping or “zooming in,” overlapping to create space (an element of art), warm and cool colors, blending with chalk pastels, and creating emphasis in art. This unit was PACKED!
Completed artwork was coated with baby oil to blend colors and create a translucent effect so the art could be appreciated in a window display. With the sun shining through, these pieces are stunning!
MA Frameworks-2.6 For space and composition, explore composition by creating artwork with a center of interest, repetition, and/or balance Demonstrate an understanding of foreground, middle ground, and background 1.1 Use a variety of materials and media, for example, crayons, chalk, paint, clay, various kinds of papers, textiles, and yarns, and understand how to use them to produce different visual effects 1.2 Create artwork in a variety of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) media, for example: 2D – drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, weaving; 3D – plastic (malleable) materials such as clay and paper, wood, or found objects for assemblage and construction 1.3 Learn and use appropriate vocabulary related to methods, materials, and techniques