Second graders read the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” which is a hilarious story about a giraffe named Gerald who can’t dance. You can buy the book or you can watch a video of it, which I really like because someone has come up with a song that goes along with the story! So cute.
Anyone notice my blog face lift? I chose another theme, I’m liking how simple and clean looking this one is compared to the last. Over the summer while I don’t have many readers/viewers I may play around more. I’m still toying with the idea of taking on the graphic design of it all to myself instead of using a theme from wordpress. We shall see. 🙂
On to the artwork! That’s why you’re here!
I love when I can incorporate art into what the students are doing in their classroom curriculum. The teachers here are so awesome, and the 2nd grade team came to me and said that in their curriculum it suggested we tie in art and poetry. So the students wrote poems about a mood or emotion in the classroom, and then in the art room we created artwork that tied to their poems. I sent their artwork to the classroom so they could display them together in the hallways. I’ll try to go snap some pictures sometime of everything pulled together so you can see that too!
We are working on a collaboration project with art and writing. Students learned about poetry in their writing class and wrote a mix of different poems. In art class, they are creating artwork that relates to their emotional/mood poems. We aren’t quite done yet, but the 2nd graders have loved this website a colleague shared with me. Some are still working on figuring out their color, so I promised I would post the link here, so they could view the site from home. Here you go: http://www.mariaclaudiacortes.com/colors/Colors.html
Gah! I love these! Such a great spin on what we are supposed to do with second graders according to the curriculum. I’ve seen a gazillion coil pots, and I’m so glad I have such a great art teacher to follow in the steps of (and an awesome part-time art teacher who I teach with!) to give me great ideas! This is one of their projects and it is so awesome. You teach the kids about coils, spheres, and spirals and how to make an object from those!
Can you tell Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists? Well, if not by the double Van Gogh inspired artwork posts, I’ll just fill you in – he is! I love his brush strokes. My absolute favorite of his is this one: Starry Night over the Rhone I just love it!