This year I set up some simple still life arrangements for 2nd graders – many had a fall theme. I grew corn this summer, and brought in some of the beautiful dark purple, almost black ears of corn for some of the arrangements. All arrangements had a combination of human-made items and natural items.
Students practiced contour line drawings in their sketchbooks for almost a whole class period. Once they felt ready to move on, they started a final draft.
Students used watercolor paints to refine and add details. We worked on mixing colors, making backgrounds of their choice, and painting layers of paint – wet on wet and wet on dry techniques.
The results of this lesson are stunning – everyone’s painting turned out phenomenal! Check out a sampling of the work below: