Pop Art Animals

Look out! My classroom is full of dart frogs, falcons and one angry, great white shark!

Second graders have been studying endangered animals and of course we had to S.T.E.A.M it out and do some awesome animal paintings.

Students started out by sketching out their animal (I printed out a picture and if I could find it – a step by step instructional on how to draw that particular animal). This was the hardest part for them because of the constant what if it doesn’t come out right fear (we all have it, second graders are just more vocal about it).


Just starting to paint that background


Students started out by sketching their animals


After sketching out their animal, they used a ruler to create a geometric background and painted with bright, “pop-arty” colors (that’s a technical term). The final step was outlining the animal in sharpie. I gave them a worksheet that you can download here EndangeredAnimal – explaining all the steps.


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Colorful Chameleons

First grade started their unit in color! After reading the book A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni, I showed the class how to draw chameleons step by step (weird voices help – and letting them put their own twist on them like a mad face, etc.)


Next was the fun part – painting! I kind of let them go wild here. My only suggestion – draw out six circles on a plate and only give them the primary colors so they have to practice mixing. The circles prevent a giant mud mess, seen in the red plate below.


Oh one last thing – the kids will explode with excitement if you show them this video of a chameleon changing colors as an intro or wrap up.