Each year the second grade does a program based on the book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Last year, the kids made these penguins.  Click HERE to see.
This year, we went for the penguin on an iceberg.  These penguins are pretty funny.  If you knew the kids, they would be even funnier.  Check all of the penguins out below.
Penguin on a Broken Iceberg (yeah, it broke when being fired in the kiln)
Here’s the size of the penguins.
I think this penguin got in the sauce.
Obviously, this penguin has Betty Davis eyes.
How about a mohawk penguin?
Oh my, such a shy penguin.
The penguin below just realized her forgot his wife’s anniversary.
How about this penguin?  Swagging like a flat pancake.
Penguin and his snowman friend.
The snowman and the penguin are good friends.  They are just all snuggled up on the iceberg.  Nothing like a good friend, folks.  Check out this sweet, sweet video with a father-daughter singing, “You’ve Got A Friend in Me.”
Hey!  I snagged this idea from somewhere on Pinterest and changed it up a bit!  I would love to give the creator credit, but I cannot find where I found this pop art ice cream cone.  Awesome idea, person out there in the world.  If you claim this art activity, I will certainly give u a big, bunch of credit.
So, I did a little prep work and painted some paper.  I sure am liking painted paper lately.
The first class period, the kids painted the blue background with dots. 
I gave them some yellow paper and they cut out the “POW” thingie.  Then, they outlined the POW thingie with red and put red dots on the POW thingie.
During the second class period, they cut the painted paper and some unpainted paper and made ice cream.
Also, they cut a cone.
They glued it all down.
Then, they came to me for the serious glue so we could glue down the fuzzy pom poms.
Pop Art and some Pop Muzik by M!
Second Grade always does the Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ Program.  So, we always paint penguins to go with their decor.  Check out some of our previous posts HERE.  I included a picture of the penguin with a couple of markers so you could get an idea of the size of these guys.
I showed some kids different pictures of penguins.
They drew a shape.
They used a paper plate to trace the white belly spots.
They drew the eyes, nose, and feet.
When they got their drawings just right, they painted.
Nice job, second grade!
A post about penguins in the hazy shade of winter. 

I just love these second grade owls.  Some of them made me “hoot and holler” out loud.  The project took 2 class periods. 
The kids painted the background paper.
I cut out a stencil in the shape of an owl.
The kids sponged the owl stencil that I had cut out.
Then, they used spouncers to make snowflakes.
After the owl had dried, they put details on the owl with oil pastels.

“Who, Who,” said the owl.

Here’s The Who singing “Who Are You?”
I am not sure why these reindeer have moose antlers.  When you let kids freestyle, they tend to change it up a little.  I like change.  Change is good for everyone. 
To view other reindeer posts, click HERE!

Directions for the project:

The kids drew their reindeer.  I encouraged them to chill on the details. 
They painted the background and then, the deer.
They used oil pastels to touch up and make snowflakes.
I like.
Some kids did not “ground” their reindeer, but that is okay because reindeer fly.  And well, Moosiefied Reindeer fly, too!

Here is Hozier “Changing Up” ‘Changes’ by David Bowie.

Once again, I have managed to goof up an art project.  Of course, we “un-goofed” it, but my oh my, was it a mess!

I will have to explain the process for you to understand why this project was such a debacle.

For starters, this was one of those projects that my friend, Laura Harrison, would say that I did not completely think out.  Yes, I would agree.  I often just “plunge” into things without thoroughly considering the results.

The second graders were headed my way in about 20 minutes.  I had been thinking for days about possible art projects, but I was not happy with my thoughts.  Suddenly, I remembered the kids really liking painting with forks.  I considered it possible for them to drag paint with forks and make them look like feathers.

I quickly squeezed out orange, red, and yellow paint onto plates.  The kids arrived and I explained that they would be using the fork to dip the paint and pull the paint around on the paper.  Well, you know how sometimes kids get confused with the teacher’s instructions. (ha) Funny thing, ALL the kids mixed the 3 colors on their plate to get orange.  Obviously, I said something about mixing the colors on the plate.  I am still not sure when that popped out, but it did.

Once they mixed the colors on the plate, we had orange.  I had them scoop it up with the forks and put blobs on their paper.  They dragged the blobs and I tried to explain that I wanted them to drag the blobs in the shape of feathers.  They did not understand.  As a matter of fact, you probably do not understand either.

They left.  I was left with orange blobs with fork streaks running through them.  Oh boy.

Next Week…

The kids came.
I had strips of painted paper.
They cut feathers and glued them down on the orange fork blobs that were supposed to resemble feathers.
They cut a head, beak, body, wattles, and feet.
They glued the turkey body and parts on the paper.
I hot glued eyes to our turkey friends.

I tell you, this was one of the years big messes.  It started off a hot mess.  It ended up a hot mess.  

We had paper everywhere in the art room.  Unlike me, I was a bit stressed out for a moment.  Then, I looked around and saw kids everywhere talking to each other.  They were coming over chatting it up with me.  I quickly de-stressed because there was just so much happiness around me.

Have a look at one of those things in life that I jump into without thinking.  Luckily, this one turned out pretty good.

The song “No Rain” by Blind Melon has nothing to do with turkeys.  It is not much about rain either, but I like it.  I like the bee-bee girl’s dancing.

Second Graders learned a little about James Rizzi, landscapes, and perspective in this project.  

Introduce James Rizzi to the kids 
(Previous James Rizzi Posts)

Get kids to draw a hilly landscape.

Discuss that things in the distance are smaller and things in the foreground will be bigger.
Kids draw pumpkins sprinkled on the hills using this concept.
Kids draw a James Rizzi moon and bird.

Next week, the kids painted their projects.

I think the kids were exposed to several important aspects of art.  I hope you will try this project with your kids soon.  
Here is a song about the Man on the Moon by R.E.M.
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