2nd Grade Art Class Introduction

In Second Grade Art Class, students are introduced to:

I. The Elements of Art – We will continue when appropriate to discuss qualities of line, shape, form, space, light, texture, and color that students learned about in kindergarten and first grade.

☻ Students will recognize lines as horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.

☻ Students will observe the use of line in:

Pablo Picasso’s Mother and Child

Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave at Kanagawa Nami-Ura from Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji.

II. Sculpture

☻ Students will observe shape, mass, and line in sculptures, including:

The Discus Thrower

Flying Horse (from Wu-Wei, China)

Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker

III. Kinds of Pictures: Landscapes

☻ Students will recognize as landscapes and discuss:

Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow (also known as View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm)

El Greco’s View of Toledo (also known as Toledo in a Storm)

Henri Rousseau’s Virgin Forest

Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night

IV. Abstract Art

☻ Students will compare lifelike and abstract animals, including:

Paintings of birds by John James Audubon

Albrecht Dürer’s Young Hare

Paul Klee’s Cat and Bird

Pablo Picasso’s Bull’s Head (made from a bicycle seat and handlebars)

Henri Matisse’s The Snail (also known as Chromatic Composition)

☻ Students will observe and discuss examples of abstract painting and sculpture, including:

Marc Chagall’s I and the Village

Constantine Brancusi’s Bird in Space

V. Architecture

☻ Students will understand architecture as the art of designing buildings

☻ Students will understand symmetry and a line of symmetry, and observe symmetry in the design of some buildings (such as the Parthenon).

☻ Students will note line, shape, and special features (such as columns and domes), considering buildings such as:

The Parthenon

Great Stupa (Buddhist temple in Sanchi, India)

Himeji Castle (also known as “White Heron Castle,” Japan)

The Guggenheim Museum, NYC