At the first of the year, each 2nd grade student picked an animal and wrote a short report about the animal's habitat. So, it was the perfect opportunity to create an animal-inspired artwork.
This is one of my favorite techniques to do with younger grades because of the vibrant colors that we end up with. First, each student drew their animal in its habitat in pencil on a large (12x18") piece of black construction paper. Then, they traced over the pencil drawing in white glue. After the glue was dry, they colored in the back paper with oil pastels.
Each one turned out so unique, I wanted to put them all up here, but will have to settle for a few.
Penguins were popular for some reason. :) Yes, this is indeed a 2nd grader's artwork. :)