In grades one and two, the ability to make visual symbols, to create and communicate meaning through manipulating materials such as paint, clay, and paper is the central focus of the curriculum. Symbol-making comes about through a lengthy period of preparation and learning in which children experiment to gain understanding of how tools and materials work and how to express their expreiences through art making. in grades one and two, children understand that lines, shapes, colors, and clay configurations are more than designs and can stand for experiences of the real and imagined world. The understanding that creating a representation involves an interaction between ideas and mateirals becomes more apparent. The young artist now creates symbols that combine an emerging knowledge of lines and shapes with their experience of the world.

Children need to explore the tools and materials to enhance their basic manipulation skills and their understanding of the many possible ways to express their ideas. Students in grades one and two are encouraged and challenged to begin to make their representations mroe intentional. Making art work that expresses personal experiences, ideas, and feelings is at the heart of art instruction. Children want to communicate their ideas and tell their stories.

-- excerpt from Brookline Visual Arts Learning Expectations

Past Assignments:

Color Inventors:

The second graders are practicing color mixing with paint and remembering important art vocabulary terms like primary and secondary colors. Second graders know that the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue, and that they are important because they can't be mixed from any other colors and they are used to mix almost all the other colors in the world. Second graders also know that secondary colors (green, orange, and purple) are the result of mixing two primary colors together. Recently we added the word "tertiary" to our vocabulary. We learned that a tertiary color is a color that lives in between the primaries and secondaries on the color wheel. Tertiary colors have names that are hyphenated, like yellow-green or red-orange. We practiced making a color wheel that includes primary, secondary, and tertiary colors and got some beautiful results!


Now that the second graders are color mixing experts, they are ready to start experimenting with paint and mixing and naming their own interesting colors.

After color mixing the second graders will be making a landscape painting and learning about atmospheric perspective (objects get smaller and less detailed as they get further away, objects in front overlap and block out parts of objects behind, etc).