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Second Grade Art Kits - Descriptions

Alaskan Dinosaur Textures

This art lesson explores the scientific discoveries of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures found in Alaska, as well as the important role artists play in helping us to imagine what these extinct creatures may have looked like. Students draw an Alaskan dinosaur and add crayon rubbings for texture. A torn-paper landscape gives the art perspective.

dinosaur art

Bull Kelp Collage

Students are inspired by a Tlingit legend, and learn about a local seaweed scientist and artist. After learning about the characteristics of bull kelp, students draw bull kelp from observation on translucent paper. Colored tissue paper is added with glue and water.  Finished artwork can be hung in the window.

tissue paper collage of bull kelp

Butterflies and Bugs

Students look at butterflies and bugs in nature to learn about symmetry. They make a symmetrical butterfly or bug.

picture of butterfly art

Calder's Circus

Students create small wire and cardboard figures, inspired by the story of American artist, Alexander Calder’s, miniature circus.  Figures are painted and can be hung from a line or placed in a class scene. 

little cardboard and wire sculptures hanging

Camouflage Cats

Students are introduced to the concept of camouflage from the book, Vincent Van Gogh?s Cat. Each student draws a cat from observation which is colored to camouflage with a famous artist “environment.” The finished cats are graphed and students solve math word problems about cats.

painting of cat with floral pattern

Characters in our Community

In this lesson, students become familiar with the artwork of Rie Muñoz, a well-known Alaskan artist.  They sketch and then paint a real person or animal they know in their communtiy.  This lesson reinforces beginning watercolor skills, working wtih the brush and using the paints responsibly. It celebrates the children's reflection of their community.

painting of a person running

Charles Mason Photography

Students examine the work of Fairbanks photographer Charles Mason and make a humorous collage, combining multiple images they unify with charcoal gray tone techniques to simulate black and white photography.

black and white magazine picture collage

Chimpanzees and Jane Goodall

Students study Dr. Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees. They learn about the environment they live in and learn to draw a chimpanzee in its natural habitat.

drawing of a chimpanzee

Clan House Visit

Students work together to create a crayon resist replica of Preston Singletary’s glass house screen which can be displayed in a classroom window. They learn the basics of “Formline design,” the primary design format of the Northwest Coast Native cultures. A mini clan house model provides the class with knowledge about traditional clan houses in preparation for a visit to the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. 

light coming through a formline collage on window

Clay Masks

Students learn that clay comes from the earth, and becomes pottery when heat is added. Students are inspired by photos of cultural masks. They create a clay mask molded from their face. They add texture and color focusing on symmetry, embellishing with primary or secondary underglaze colors.

a clay mask

Collaborative Peace

The book No One Can Ever Steal Your Rainbow by Barbara Meislin is used for inspiration. The students create a “peace” mural by designing their own rainbow on 'puzzle pieces' and assembling into a class mural. Each student writes a wish for the world and the wishes then become part of the art.

A Community Made with Lines

Students explore how buildings contain many elements of lines in walls, doors, windows, arches, etc.  They use tools to print straight and curved lines to create their own buildings, which can be part of a community.

group collage of people and natural objects

Cooperative Nature Murals

Students learn about Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, who incorporated everyday life in his mural themes.  Choosing one of two nature themes, students create a cooperative mural depicting a class beach trip, or a class hike.  They use a posable people template as a guide, and draw and paint  environment such as plants, animals, rocks. 

group collage of people and natural objects

Drawing from Observation: Butterflies

Student artists/scientists observe and draw real butterflies. Kit includes 30 butterfly specimens. They draw the lines, shapes, patterns, color and symmetry of these amazing creatures, and record questions about butterflies.

a child's drawing of a butterfly

Drawing from Observation: Flowers

Using a real flower to draw from, students explore how shape, color and lines are part of the flowers "language" to attract necessary pollinators.

a child's drawing of a butterfly

Drawing from Observation: Seed Pods

Students observe seed pods to examine types of seed pod structure, looking for how and where seeds are stored. 

a child's drawing of a butterfly

Keys to Printmaking

Students create a “printing plate” using materials with texture. In this experience they consider shapes and make choices about design. Session 2 is a printing workshop! Students print their design on folded paper creating a set of cards. They notice where the “focal point” of their artwork is and use their imagination to interpret their abstract designs. 

a print made from a printing plate of cardboard textures

Mapping Our Place

Students worked together to create a map of the Juneau area, nestled in the middle of the lands of the Aak’w Kwáan and T’aaku Kwáan. 

Students map squares include unique patterns, and some of the symbols they drew into their maps show natural resources of the area.

Students maps include some of the local Tlingit place names, such as downtown Juneau: “Dzantik'i Heeni,” translated “Flounder at the Base of the Creek.”

a part of a map created by students

Masks and Symmetry

Students look at various examples of cultural masks, discussing symmetry and design. They then make their own symmetrical mask using paper and oil pastels.

a symetrical paper student mask

Mirror Drawing with Heather Hansen

Students watch a video of performance-artist, Heather Hansen. They work in partners to create a drawing, mirroring each others movement and marks wtih colored chalk. This lesson creates a calm and supportive environment.

a symetrical paper student mask

Oral Stories and Alaskan Animals

Session 1: After sharing a story behind one of Aleut artist, Alvin Amason's artworks, students create art in his style.  They choose an Alaskan animal from a personal story and use a "resist" technique with oil pastels and tempera paints.

a painting of a salmon

Our Wild Foods

Students are inspired by the story “Mary’s Wild Winter Feast” to make a connection with wild foods in Southeast Alaska. They create an art piece that, like the illustrations in the story, reflect both realistic depictions of wild foods, and Northwest Coast Native form line design. 

a drawing of a deer head and crayon rubbings of formline design around it

Painted Mural with a Chop

Students are introduced to abstract art. They apply masking tape to a large white paper, then paint a cooperative mural in groups of 4 or 3, then add texture. They remove the tape to create contrast, then each make a personal“ signature chop” or stamp to complete the mural.

an abstract painting

Palm Pots

Partner STEAM lesson with River Rocks science kit. Students learn how to create a simple small vessel from clay, in the palm of their hand. Clay is made of the tiniest particles of rocks and other natural matter. The pots are decorated with sand and glaze and glass, all made from sand. Firing in a kiln is required. 

an abstract painting

Paper Molas

Students are introduced to Molas, the art made by the Kuna Indians from Panama. Students compare Tlingit Regalia and Kuna Molas. They make a layered paper mola using Alaskan animals. Students incorporate line, color, shape, and pattern in their art.

a paper collage of a bird


Students use information about actual pictographs found here in Alaska to do drawings on sandpaper with watercolor crayons.  Oil pastels are used to recreate the surrounding area around the pictograph.

an oil pastel drawing of a pictograph

Puzzle Me

Students draw a self portrait. They glue colored paper puzzle shaped pieces on their self portrait, then color with chalk. Finally black paint is added to the important lines on their portrait, emphasizing the power of line. It is a Tlingit value to give credit to those who teach or mentor. Students gave credit to people who taught or influenced them, and a special place.

collage of a self portrait

Shadow Puppets

Students are inspired by an instructional video of Juneau performing artist, Ryan Conarro.  Students choose a character from a Filipino folktale "Why Mosquitos Buzz Around our Ears," follow instructions for making a shadow puppet, and participate in a brief performance with a sheet and light (provided.) This lesson prepares students for further creation and use of shadow puppets.

photo showing shadow puppet screen with light and puppet shadows


Students create “shaveroonies”-- imaginative creatures from outer space. They are made by cutting paper (shaving it), texturing the pieces and piecing them together into fanciful creatures.

artwork of funny creature

Skiiers: Colors of the Arctic Winter Games

Students create dioramas for a paper-sculpture skiier outfitted in a race suit designed by students. All suit colors correspond to an Arctic Winter Games team.  Students will position their skiers in action poses to best show off their unique suit designs.  Accessories, such as warm hats, glasses and raccing bibs are added to individualize the team skiers and extend student's creative efforts.

three dimensional paper collage of a skiier

Snow Village

Students are inspired Uri Shulevitz’s Caldecott award winning illustrations from his book titled, Snow. Students draw geometric shapes with a black marker to create a village, then choose a color scheme, and paint the village with water color paints. Finally, tempera paint is applied with a cotton swab to portray a “snow  village.”

painting of a snowy town

Story in a Bag (Drama kit)

This drama lesson explores collaborative storytelling through improvisation. By following a Story Spine to teach basic story structure, students are guided by the teacher/narrator in creative dramatic play to invent character and plot within a setting. 

                                 picture of a stage wth lights           

Story Line

Students identify different kinds of lines in famous artworks. They create a continuous line abstract drawing. They embellish the drawing with colored markers. Students name their embellished line art and write about their “Story Line.”

imaginative marker drawing

Story Sculptures

Students discuss what is 2- and 3- dimensional and what defines a sculpture. They look at examples of art in their community. Students create a small free-standing sculpture based on a story (any good story will do.) This is a model of a larger sculpture they are proposing to build for an imaginary new library.

three dimensional white paper sculture

Textured Landscapes

Students study Grant Wood and look at his unique paintings of Iowa. They then draw a landscape, texture and pattern it and add color sparingly to complete their art.

landscape marker drawing with landforms filled with textures

Thinking with a Line

Students play some simple string games to learn vocabulary words for directions and types of lines. They describe lines seen in photos and in artworks. Students use a simple line printing method printing straight and curved lines. Students create a design of either an invention that contains simple machines, or buildings.

black lines printed on red paper

Tidal Zones Mural

Students use photos of beach creatures and plants, in each of four local southest "tidal zones" to create a mural. Background texture is added with rubbing plates and creatures are drawn with oil pastels.

large class mural of the tidal zones in oil pastel

Trees and Beyond

Students examine Van Gogh paintings of landscapes paying particular attention to near and far. They learn that size and placement of trees are important to show perspective. After learning to draw basic tree forms, students create a landscape that shows perspective using markers and oil pastels.

oil pastel tree drawing

Watercolor Leaves

Students practice watercolor techniques and color mixing using primary colors and creating a color wheel.  Students draw a leaf from observation, and paint it implementing new skills.

watercolor painting of a leaf

Watercolor with Rie Munoz

Students learn about Alaskan artist Rie Muñoz. They learn watercolor techniques and proper paint brush use, and create a watercolor that features a watercolor “wash” and painted “texture.”  The story The Runaway Mitten, illustrated by Rie Muñoz, provides inspiration for the paintings.

watercolor painting of a winter hat

Wire Action Figures

Students learn to draw stick figures that bend and move like real people, focusing on action words that describe the movements. Students create a wire stick figure from pipe-cleaner and use this like a small artist mannequin to form into actions that they can draw. Students create a simple book with their drawings and embellish their wire figure with colored wire, in 

student holding a pipe cleaner person sculpture
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