The 2nd graders drew and painted a still life of pumpkins and gourds from direct observation. First they drew the objects with oil pastels and then used watercolors to paint the still life. The oil pastels created a resist, which allowed their marks to still be seen, even after painting the still life. First picture is of the set up still life. Then some in progress photos and finally some finished examples.
The 3rd graders created Spooky Houses inspired by Victorian Architecture and the painting "House by the Railroad" by Edward Hopper. We looked at the painting and had a group discussion about the mood or feeling we got from the painting. Then each table looked a pictures of Victorian Architecture and as a group looked for common features in each photo. After the table discussion, each group shared what they came up with to the whole class. Students drew their houses in white oil pastel on black paper. We used cool colors to paint our backgrounds. Lastly, students cut their houses out and glued them to their background. Here's some in progress photos and some finished examples.