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Mask Making :: All Hallows Eve

Second Grade – Mrs. McCorry

October 17, 2011

While most children are busy preparing their Halloween costumes to honor their favorite super heros, sparkling princesses or ghostly goblins, we took some time to explore the history of the spooky holiday. Following a brief introduction about the history of Halloween, we discussed some fun facts about the origin and role of the mask in celebrating the holiday. The kids were shown images of masks from different cultures and all corners of the world. They were then asked to create their own vision of this all-important component of the evolving Halloween costume.

-lesson conducted by Ellen Maliff, Sandy Tijerina, Essam Abdelhamid & Anne Delmelle

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Grade 2 – Mr. Arensdorff

Volunteers – Gina Lee Robbins, Jill Christie

Project Synopsis: 

Students are shown works of American art that depict election and voting issues.  The children worked to create a picture of an outdoor gathering of people.

 Supplies Needed:

·       Watercolor paper

·       Black or dark colored Sharpie markers

·       water-soluble crayons and/or pastels

·       Colored chalk or oil pastels

·       Pencils and erasers

·       Paper cups (to fill with water)

·       Small brushes


Steps:

1.     Distribute paper and have children use their pencils to draw a picture of an outdoor gathering.  Have them include space for the sky and landscape, which will later be colored to reflect the mood.

Some examples:  a parade, a recess scene (kickball game, playground), an outdoor sporting event, the farmer’s market, a community rally, etc.

2.     Have the children outline their drawing with dark (non-washable) marker.  Remind them that they will add color next and to think about the mood or feeling of their drawing.  Is it a happy, joyful scene?  Is there tension, disappointment or worry?  How can color reflect those feelings?

3.     Distribute watercolor crayons and have the children add color to their drawing.  Have them think about how their drawing makes them feel.  What colors would they choose to represent those feelings?  Distribute brushes and small cups of water. 

4.     Have the children add water to their picture to intensify and blend the color. Remind them that just a little water goes a long way, and to be careful where they have colored small details. 

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Grade 2 – Mrs. Vincent

Volunteers – Mike Ciacciarelli, Alison White, Trina Bauling

Project Synopsis:

For Olympic Day, Mrs. Vincent’s class came up with the team name “Vincent’s Van Goghs” and we created tee-shirts.  After we talked about Vincent’s life, and we looked at some of his work, the kids were encouraged to think about nature and about working fast and loose.  The front of the shirt had a portrait Vincent for them to color, but the back was an empty frame, and they could fill it with whatever they wanted.

What was used:

  • Fabric Markers (bought in bulk from DiscountSchoolSupplies.com)
  • Tee-Shirts (pre-printed with black artwork at tee-shirt shop)
Students’ Response to the Project:
Very Positive
Teacher’s Response to the Project:
Enthusiastic & Supportive.  The kids really wanted to see how her tee-shirt came out.

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Grade 2 – Mrs. Vincent

Volunteers – Mike Ciacciarelli, Alison White, Trina Bauling

Project Synopsis:

Using the backs of plastic bowls, spackle, and bags of smooth rocks from the Dollar Store, Mrs. Vincent’s class created small “Niki” projects.  We learned about Niki de Saint Phalle, the artist behind “Niki in the Garden” at Garfield Park Conservatory.  We also read from a great book called “Niki’s World

What was used:

  • Spackle
  • Gems, beads, small rocks (bought cheap in bags at the Dollar Store)
  • stiff paper bowls
  • plastic drop cloths to lay over the desks
Students’ Response to the Project:
Very positive, they really liked working with the spackle and enjoyed talking about how they had to work quickly.  They also found Niki’s life very interesting and inspiring.
Teacher’s Response to the Project:
Great Response
Lessons Learned:
It was EXTREMELY helpful to have one volunteer spackling the bowls while the other volunteer was leading the talk.  The kids probably would have been able to spackle, but it would have taken longer and been a lot messier.  Also, the project should probably be kept indoors when finished.  The original goal was to end up with a garden stone, but the spackle didn’t hold up to rain.

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