Dream House Blueprints

Colored pencil & pastel

How does an architect create a three-dimensional structure from drawings? The second grade investigated this question as they envisioned their future dwellings and composed blueprints for their dream houses.

The Dream House Paper Sculptures

Multimedia

Once the second graders completed their blueprints, they set to work building 3d models of their dream homes. The homes reflect not only the specificities of each students dream house but also how an idea can evolve and change during the process of building.

Basquiat Woodpanel Drawings

Mixed media on wood

Inspired by Basquiat's paintings, they zoomed in on the symbols and messages that were embedded in his artwork. The second graders came up with their own messages that they wish to send out to the public with their unique artwork. Basquiat often scratched out words in his artwork and our visiting author/illustrator, Javarka Steoptoe, shared that this was a technique to get the viewers to be curious and pay more attention to the hidden message. Find out what our students' messages were! 

My LA Starry Night 

Tempera Painting

The second graders studied Van Gogh's Starry Night painting and zoomed in on his dazzling night sky. They recreated an impressionist painting from their local inspiration.

My LA Starry Night 

Tempera paint on paper

The second graders studied Van Gogh's Starry Night painting and zoomed in on his dazzling night sky. They recreated an impressionist painting from their local inspiration.

Wayne Thiebaud's Cakes!

Mixed media sculpture

The second graders transformed their cake drawings into sculptural slices of cake. They created the base out of cardboard and then added plaster to mimic the appearance of frosting! 

Wayne Thiebaud's Cakes!

Pastel

The second graders created their own
 cake drawings inspired by Wayne Thiebaud's paintings of American treats. They emulated Thiebaud’s pop art style with an added emphasis on proportion, perspective, and colorful frosting!

Food Sculpture

Clay & glaze

The second grade created their own ceramic food sculpture then completed the works with a splash of glazed color.

The Scream

Oil pastel 

The second grade studied Norwegian Expressionism, Edvard Munch, and his famous painting- the Scream. After understanding Munch's state of mind and painting's context, students recreated paintings that show what would make them scream as Munch did! 

The Art of Puppets

In collaboration with our school puppeteer, Chase Wolner second graders design and construct handmade puppets. Through these lessons, students are practicing and advancing their art skills in sketching character development, building and painting.