Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dots and Lines with 2nd Grade

I found this art activity on Pinterest.  It was an easy first of the year activity for my second graders.  Most of the kids do not paint over the summer.  We had several things going on here.  Kids had to follow directions.  As they worked, they had to judge spatial relationships on their paper.  They also became familiar with the use of paintbrushes and paint, again.  The artwork made a colorful display as a unit in the hall.  Thanks to Le Journal de Chrys for the great idea!

Get the tempura paint and paintbrushes out.
Tell kids to put a dot in the center of the page.
Then, have kids draw lines around the dot.
(I was drawing dots and lines on the marker board as a guide to help the students with verbal directions.)
Then, they drew a circle.
 By the time I got to this point, they saw the pattern and were working independently.
I remember hearing them say it looked like "suns piled on top of each other".
To me, that is a great way to describe this art.
Have a look!

 Song in the video below is "Blister in the Sun" by Violent Femmes (released 1983).
Movie is Grosse Pointe Blank with John Cusack released in 1997.  In the video, Socks the cat is being hunted down by a professional assassin.
Socks just cracks me up.  Bahahahahahahahahaha! 
Who is Socks the cat?  Socks Clinton (1989 – February 20, 2009) was the pet cat of Bill Clinton's family during his presidency. As an adopted stray cat, he was the only pet of the Clintons during the early years of the administration, and his likeness hosted the children's version of the White House website.


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