“Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority.” -Bill Hewlett
I love my second graders. While very active and sometimes highly distractable, the students blow me away with their curiosity. They question everything. "Mrs P, what happens if we mix blue and green together?" "Mrs P, why does it look so cool when I paint over crayon?" "Mrs P, are rainbows really unicorn farts?" He, he, he... it's hard not to giggle at some of the things they ask. But really, questions are so good. That's when the real learning happens. I hope, that for the rest of my life, that my students always question the things that I introduce to them.
I love the Batik Fox project. First I demonstrate one way to draw a fox using shapes. While most of the 2nd graders follow along with me, a few bravely make their own. We talk about texture and color choice when they color their foxes. Using crayons, I remind them to take their time and not scribble. In fact, they need to try to color completely so that there is very little or no white showing through the crayon.
They worked so hard on drawing their foxes and they all turned out so unique.
Side note, this class does great standing up while they work. It helps keep them focused because they can move around a little without being disruptive. Once they get them colored, the next step concerns them. :) We crumple them up eight times. You should see their faces when I crumple up my example. After the third time they really get into the destruction part. Once they hit the eight times, then we lay them flat and paint over them with watered-down black tempera paint. That is what makes the foxes look batik.
Next we folded a paper in half and painted the top half with watercolor paint making sure to fold it down and rub the back before the paint dried. This transferred some of the paint to the bottom half and gave us a mirrored look. While these dried, we cut out our foxes.
We spent a lot of time practicing cutting carefully on the lines. They did so good!!