Year 2


Students were required to draw 3 letters or numbers. Initials of your name were a suggested starting point.  They were painted in the 3 primary colours. Students had to demonstrate the ability to create shade and tint for each colour by adding either black or white paint. The background was divided into spaces where students experimented with making secondary, tertiary and pastel colours. Students had the option to outline their letters in black. Finally the background was stamp printed with recycled materials dipped into paint. This was a most valued and enjoyable activity for developing painting skills.


This printing technique is a similar process to the traditional lino cuts. Students drew a design on paper and then traced this heavily onto a sheet of foam using a thick pencil. When the paper design was removed, students refined their imprint by doing a second tracing. Printing ink was rolled onto the foam, which was then placed face down onto a sheet of paper. A hard roller was used to press the design onto the paper. WOW!!! was the commonly used response when the students peeled their foam off to reveal their design.



Students learnt how to make a pom pom and then used their creative skills to transform them into creatures.



A basic stencil was used to trace a body of a fish. Fins, eyes and a mouth were added to create individuality of design. Students used oil pastels and applied a combination of colouring techniques (eg. scratch back, blending, patterning) to detail their fish. Food dye was given as an option to colour in the background.



This activity was integrated with the grade 2 study topic. Students viewed images of various animals and were required to focus on the shapes which made up each body. Sketches were done in pencil and then outlined in black marker. Students drew upon past experiences when using oil pastels and food dye to colour, shade, texture and detail their work.


Students looked at images of dragons and then listed their features. The task was to create a collage of a dragon using scrap paper and a selection of preformed shapes. Once this was completed the artwork was then turned over and crayon blocks were used to rub over the surface of the paper to reveal a rubbing of the collage.





This activity incorporated painting, collage and linear design. Students used warm and cool colours to paint their sky and water. They were encouraged to think of different ways to create their sunset skies. Boats were collaged onto the work. Students needed to think about detailing.



Manga is a style of comic drawing created in Japan. Students were instructed on techniques for pencil shading and drawing stylised faces. Eyes and hair are distinctive features.




To create these paintings students made their own fish stencils, which were placed onto wet paint, then covered with a different coloured paint before being removed. Scrunched up newspaper and rollers were used to apply the paint and popsticks were also used to scratch detail into the paint surface. A fun activity and so effective!!




Students were taken through a series of steps to draw a wolf's head. Dry pastel was introduced and techniques were modelled. Students had to use at least two colours in creating the wolf's fur and were impressed by the effect produced when using black paper to draw on.