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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