Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2nd Grade, Pennsylvania, PA

Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2nd Grade, Pennsylvania, PA

Created by Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2nd Grade, Pennsylvania, PA

Teacher: Mrs. Dengler

Title: Collaborative Surrealist Night Sky Inspired by Joan Miro

Theme: Your Night Sky, Astronomy

Materials and techniques: Students used many materials and skills for this project…Materials included chalk pastels, oil pastel, and watercolor paint. Students learned how to blend chalk pastels, how to create a resist using oil pastels and watercolor paint, drawing using simple lines and shapes, as well as cutting and gluing.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes, this project evolved a great deal from conception to the completed compositions. It was great to see students so young take abstract ideas and wrap their minds around it!

About: After learning about the term astronomy, second grade students looked at the artwork of Joan Miro and spotted astronomical details in his abstract paintings, such as the moon, and stars. Next, second grade students worked in small groups to create an abstract piece of art that represents the art of Joan Miro, ensuring elements related to Miro such as colorful moons and simple linear stars were visible in the composition. They also worked together to create people and animals in Miro’s abstract surrealist style.

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