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2nd Grade: Snowman Families!

2 Mar

Or should I say “snowpeople” families?? In Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Johnson’s Art Rooms, 2nd Graders have been drawing portraits of their own families… as if they were snowpeople! We even have a few snowPETS featured, too 🙂

We also took a look at the book, “Snowmen At Night” by Caralyn and Mark Buehner for inspiration in creating our scenes!

After drawing our families, we practiced turning the circular bodies of our snowpeople into spheres using paint.

Check out our wonderful snowpeople families below! (And don’t forget to click on any image to make it larger!)


2nd Grade: Can You See What I See?

13 Jan

In Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Johnson’s Art Rooms, 2nd Graders took a look at the work of Walter Wick, author and photographer of the children’s book series “Can You See What I See?” Then, we used painted textures and paper collage to design our own city scenes, hiding little details and pictures within our artwork for the viewer to find. Take a look at our artwork… and can you see what we saw??

(Click on any of the images to see them larger)

And here are some close-ups of our hidden details!

2nd Grade: Cities at Night!

8 Jun

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, 2nd Graders took a careful look at how different artists create cityscapes at nighttime. We discussed how buildings look when driving through the city, or viewing them from far away. We also talked about the different cities we have visited, and students chose one to feature in their artwork.

Students created a horizon line, which is the line that separates the earth from the sky. On the horizon line, students created many buildings, showing details like windows, doors, and signs. We painted anything that was “lit up” (like windows, street lamps, headlights, and stars) with a bright yellow paint.

See if you can guess which city each student featured in their artwork!

Green Day Celebration & Mural Dedication!

3 Jun

This year, Ilchester Elementary was proud to receive their official Maryland Green School certification. Part of the celebration included the unveiling of a mural created by Ilchester’s very own 2009-2010 5th Graders and 2nd Graders!

The theme of the mural was Maryland ecosystems. 5th Graders worked together with an artist-in-residence, Mrs. Suzanne Herbert-Forton to create clay tiles featuring local species and their habitats.

Around the border of the mural, 2nd Graders created clay tiles featuring butterflies that are common to our area (and that can be found in Ilchester’s outdoor butterfly garden – directly across from the mural!)

You can read more about the artist-in-residence who helped us create this mural here.

Check out some photos of the unveiling (special thanks to Mrs. Behan for the photos!):

Mr. Langevin before the mural is revealed.

Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Iris

The mural is revealed!

Stop by to check out the mural in person! It is located in the courtyard outside of Mr. Langevin’s Art Room.

2nd Grade: Self Portraits

24 Nov

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, 2nd Graders created a portrait from memory first, without any drawing instruction (called a “preliminary portrait”).

Then, we looked at artists who had created self portraits from observation:

Frida Kahlo, "Self Portrait with Monkey" (

Vincent van Gogh, "Self Portrait" (

Pablo Picasso, "Self Portrait" (

Then, students used mirrors to draw from observation – the challenge is to draw exactly what you see! We also discussed tips for drawing each facial feature and part of the portrait. We found that a face is really made up of a series of measurements:

Proportions of the head (

After drawing and coloring the portraits, students added an expressive background using the wet-on-wet watercolor painting technique. Here are some examples of our work:

Compare the preliminary portrait with the final portrait!