We're spreading the love! Students looked at artwork by Jim Dine, an American pop artist. They noticed his use of color and shape in his art. I gave second graders a 9X12 piece of white paper with heart outlines already copied on it. Students filled in each heart with oil pastels. They were instructed to use more than one color and to fill the space completely with blended color. Next, they watercolored over the oil pastel. Some students were inspired by Dine to use their thumbs to make prints all around the edges of their hearts, like he did in one the examples I showed them. I taught them how to carefully spatter paint onto the background. Some kids said this was their favorite project of the year!
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