In a month that we often associate with fear, we were inspired to paint like Edvard Munch and make our very own versions of his piece “The Scream.” We learned about Munch’s history as an artist, and looked at many examples of other artists’ adaptations of “The Scream.” The students painted their own background of a sunset on the sea, and posed with their best poses of terror! Their pieces of art turned out brilliantly, as you can see below.
Today we learned about the art of Henri Matisse, a painter who was very important in the style of fauve art where artists painted with wild colours. We watched the videos below about Matisse’s art, and used his style to make our own self-portraits. The students did a wonderful job of imitating Matisse’s style, and their choices of pastel colours were lovely! We now have a very colourful set of class portraits.
Using our knowledge of 3D objects from our learning about geometry in math in grade two, each student got their own Tinkercad account this month where they could design with a variety of 3D objects with all sorts of vertices, edges, and faces. After working through some tutorials on Tinkercad on how to manipulate and design objects, students used the "Key Ring, Letters!" tutorial on the website to create a custom-designed Father's Day keychains for their dads and grandpas.
Each keychain turned out very special, and they ranged from Star Wars designs to Stanley Cup models to affectionate words of endearment. The students were very proud of the designs that they worked on so independently, and the highlight of the whole project was the printing process when they got to see their keychains gradually take shape on the printer bed. It was meaningful for students to make the connection between their math learning and how that learning is useful in the world of design!
Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing 2B dads! The students in our class have been working hard on sculpting inuksuks, writing and handcrafting cards, and decorating their wrapping for their dads. The effort they put into their gifts were evidence of how much they love their dads (and some grandpas)! You can see the photos below for all the thought and effort that went into crafting the Inuit pieces of art!
Happy Mother’s Day! The students were thrilled to take home their Mother’s Day projects this past week that they had worked so hard on. You can check out the students hand-crafted cards and artwork that they were so proud of. Thank you to all you fantastic 2B moms who love your children so very well!
This past week we learned about the artist William Wegman. William Wegman is a photographer who is famous for taking pictures and videos of his Weimeraner dogs wearing costumes. His dogs are very well-trained, and have even appeared on Sesame Street. This month, 2B made our own silly-looking drawings of dogs in human roles. We hope you enjoy
The variety of cultures in communities across Canada has been a recent focus in our class, and this week we celebrated Easter Ukrainian style by decorating eggs (or “pysanky”). The students used kitskas and beeswax to create designs on their eggs, and we used real Ukrainian dyes. It was very exciting to see how they turned out after we’d melted all the wax off!
If you’ve visited our classroom this week, you may have noticed some cheery snowmen who greeted you in the hallway. We crafted up some snowmen in Art who are just as excited about the snow as we are. These snowmen have clearly learned from our Science unit on Hot and Cold temperatures about the value of insulators such as scarves, and the importance of dressing warmly to avoid hypothermia!
Mrs. Barker is a grade two teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.