Friday, March 12, 2010

2nd Grade Neighborhoods

Second graders have been working on a neighborhood scene collaboration. We started by talking about the colors and textures we saw on buildings. We wanted to mimic these textures and colors with paint, so we used unconventional materials to apply paint to paper. We explored how sponges, combs and brushes created different painted effects. Next, we created one piece of paper with the color and texture we wanted for our building.
The following week, we looked at the work of Melanie Hope Greenberg and Red Grooms to see what kinds of art people have made about neighborhoods. We then took the paper we had painted and began collaging it to create a building for our neighborhood. Over the next few weeks, we added details, people, trees, cars and other things that we would see in the neighborhood. Each building was added to the cityscape and then the details were added to bring our neighborhood to life. Here are a few photos and there will be more to come:


  1. What a wonderful collaboration! It reminds me of Ezra Jack Keats.

  2. I just love these types of group projects. So distinctly elementary!
    Nicely done.

  3. I love that you are introducing your students to so many different types of artists!