Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Second Grade Architecture Birdhouses

We began this lesson by brainstorming about what job we could have if we wanted to grow up to be an artist. We looked at posters like the ones below to help guide our thinking. Some of the jobs are: Photographer, Art teacher, Interior Designer, Fashion Designer, Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer and of course, Architect.
2nd grade artists read the book, "Iggy Peck, Architect," which is about a boy who LOVES architecture and happens to be in 2nd grade! 

We thought about various types of architectural elements like Iggy did and created our own architecture in 3 birdhouses. We practiced our knowledge of the color families and chose one for each of our houses.

Finally, we drew birds for our houses and colored them with oil pastel, cut them out and glued them to their houses. What happy little birdies we have! :) 

Learning Goals: 
I can list a variety of art careers.
I can design architecture.
I can use the color groups: primary, secondary, warm & cool.
I can blend oil pastels.
I can create a collage.


  1. Great blog site! May I get your thoughts on how you make room for writing the steps to all your projects for each grade level K-5? It's hard for me to find the space to post it all.

    1. Hello Diana,
      We teach 3 classes in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. We have a whiteboard at the front of our room and we fill it with 3 lists. One for each class as you see in the photo above for 2nd grade. Sometimes it is tight but if we have to erase the prior class' instructions and use that space, sometimes we just do that. Or lay images over the top of the other classes' directions and try to not erase them in the process.

      I find it to be essential for kids to hear the directions, see them performed and then to have them written out on the board for later reference. Helps so much with them not asking me redundant questions.

      Good luck!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! I volunteer at my son's school to teach art once a month...so many schools don't have an art teacher on staff like your school is so fortunate to have, and it's left up to us volunteers. This is a wonderful resource. Your classes are so lucky to have you!