Second Grade

Essential Questions:

  • Why is art necessary?

  • What makes an artist successful?

  • How does an artist use art to communicate?

  • What factors influence artists and artistic expression?

  • What inspires me?

  • What can artwork tell us about a culture or society?

  • What can we learn from studying the artwork of others?

  • Why is this work important?

  • How does this art make you feel and why does it make you feel that way?


  • Use the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to create a cohesive composition.

  • Use a variety of lines to create texture.

  • Create an artwork using foreground, middle ground, and background.

  • Mix secondary and intermediate colors using primary colors.

  • Create tints and shades.

  • Create positive and negative shapes in 2-D and 3-D works of art.

  • Create a one-point perspective artwork.

  • Create an artwork using symmetry.

  • Create a mixed media work of art.

  • Critique my artwork and the artwork of others.


  • Elements of Art and Principles of Design

  • Colors: primary, secondary, warm, cool, tints, and shades

  • Lines and shapes

  • Textures and patterns

  • Positive and negative space in 2-D and 3-D works of art

  • Art-related careers

  • Sculpture and three-dimensional works of art in a variety of materials

  • Identify landscape, portrait, still life, self-portrait, and genre

  • Introduce artists

  • Introduce a culture through art

  Suggested Projects:

  • Create a cityscape emphasizing shape.

  • Create an artwork using movement emphasizing line.

  • Create an artwork using warm and cool colors.

  • Create a weaving to emphasize on texture and pattern.

  • Create an artwork using overlapping.

  • Create a self portrait by selecting one of two styles (ex. Picasso/ Matisse).

  • Create an artwork using found objects.

  • Use iPad to create drawings using apps.

  • Create an artwork to show celebration in their culture.

  • Create artwork that focuses on a female artist.

  • Visit virtual art museums and discuss artwork.

  • Display authentic work throughout school, district, and community.

  • Thinking maps (circle, double bubble)

  • Portfolio

  • Rubrics

  • Sketchbook

 Response Assessment:

  • What makes my work original?

  • How does my work express my emotions?

  • What is the main idea in the work of art?

  • What inspires me?

  • How is your artwork meaningful?

  • How does the artwork express ideas about the community?

  • Can art express the hidden emotions of a person?

  • How does the artwork represent a moment?

  • Discuss composition, rule of thirds, and themes.

  • Have students keep a journal or reflection page.

  • Listen to music and create an abstract composition using elements of design.

  • Have students fill out a personal rubric to evaluate their own work.



(1) The student develops and  expands visual literacy skills, utilizing critical thought, imagination, and the senses, to observe and explore the world by learning, understanding and applying the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Students use what they see, know and have experienced as sources for examining understanding and creating artworks.

(A) Identify similarities, differences and variations among subjects in the environment, using the senses.

(B)Identify the Elements of Art, including line, shape, color, texture, and form and space and  The Principles of Design including emphasis, pattern/ repetition, rhythm/ movement and balance.


Creative Expression

(2) The students communicate ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate and progressive skills. Students express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imaginations, fostering reflective thinking and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem solving skills.

(A) Express ideas and feelings in personal artworks, using a variety of lines, shapes, colors, textures, forms and space.

(B) Create compositions using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.

(C) Identify and practice skills necessary for producing drawings, paintings, prints, constructions and sculptures, including modeled forms using a variety of materials.


Historical/ Cultural Heritage

(3) The Student demonstrates an understanding of Art history and culture by analyzing artists styles, historical periods and a variety of cultures. Students develop global awareness and respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures.

(A) Interprets stories, content and meanings in a variety of artworks.

(B) Examine historic and contemporary artworks created by men and women making connections to various cultures.

(C) Analyze how art affects everyday life and is connected to jobs in art and design.

(D) Relate visual art concepts to other disciplines.


Evaluation and Response

(4) By responding to and analyzing personal artworks and the works of others, students make informal judgments and reasoned evaluations.

(A) Support reasons for preferences in personal artworks.

(B) Compare and contrast ideas found in collections such as real or virtual art museums, galleries, portfolios, or exhibitions using original artworks created by artists or peers.

(C) Compile collections of artwork such as physical artwork, electronic images, sketchbooks, or portfolios for the purpose of self evaluations or exhibitions.


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