Art Study: Second Grade

When I was looking for an art curriculum last year, I was hesitant to invest in something before I could try it out. I have very strong feelings about art, and anything that implies a correct or incorrect way of seeing or creating art, was not going to work for us. So instead of picking through someone else’s idea of how to teach art, I came up with my own.

Pablo Picasso ~ Bust of a Woman with a Hat

My goal for Art Study is to expose her to different artists, styles, movements and mediums, but more importantly, to give her the space to consider and be moved by the work, and to then be comfortable articulating what she sees and feels. I think having confidence in her perspective, is key to enjoying art. When someone tells you what you are supposed to see or feel, art loses its magic.

I found some great information online designed to show elementary teachers how to approach art study.  I also used the book “13 Artists Children Should Know” by Angela Wenzel from the library, which was very helpful in selecting the most appropriate artists and their work. 

Vincent Van Gogh ~ The Starry Night

First grade was a bit more simple, but for second grade she answers questions such as:  Whats is the focal point? What is the perspective? Is there movement or motion? What sound does it make? Is it loud or quiet? What feeling do you get from it? What colors make you feel that way? If it had a voice, what would it be trying to say?

Our county portfolio reviewer (with the public school system) is in love with our program and keeps trying to convince me to publish it! I doubt I would ever do that, but if you are interested, I’d be more than happy to share it with you for free.

Paul Klee – The Castle and the Sun

She had a wild interpretation of the Paul Klee above, it was fascinating. So far, her favorite artist is Henri Mattise, and her favorite art movement is impressionism.

She also takes an art class at our homeschool co-op where they incorporate a variety of techniques and mediums in their projects. And of course there is a lot of illustration in her creative writing and nature journal. Her preferred medium this year seems to be colored pencils, I think she likes the control of them. I recently discovered watercolor pencils and can’t wait for her to try those out this spring. 

How do you incorporate art into your homeschool? Do you have a favorite art curriculum?




4 thoughts on “Art Study: Second Grade

  1. I like what you’re doing! I don’t like curriculum either, nor telling children {or adults!} what the artist was thinking or how they should feel about a piece. We also don’t use curriculum, though I’ve gone over major artists from different time periods and we’re going back through as we create a Book of Centuries to fit them into the continuous timeline we’re creating and building on. It seemed like too much when my children were your childrens ages, but seems just right for where we are now — all the information is starting to sink in and connections are being made with all that we’re studying. Congrats on finding what works for you — Yay!

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      1. Fantastic! We’ve done a few smaller timelines over the years, but my boys are actually doing them this time instead of our doing it together which is a huge difference for us. It started a few years ago when my older son was in a theatre production class and constructed a room-long timeline of World War II in researching background for the show {The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe}. It was so fun, that once he got started, it was difficult to want to stop. Looking forward to seeing what you do next 🙂

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