Wednesday, October 5, 2011

2nd Grade Community Collage

It all started when a 2nd grade teacher asked if I had any ideas about lessons for community.  After searching through the Crayola website and looking at lessons from the Metro-Nashville Public Schools art curriculum, I decided upon Community Collages.

We started by discussing Philip Evergood's Sunny Side of the Street and Allan Crite's Parade on Hammond Street.
We then discussed the things we see in our Community - police stations, schools, apartments, houses, fire stations, stores, etc.
Students were given a blue piece of paper.  We discussed proper cutting and gluing skills along with proper collage techniques.
The students then created buildings.  They added details such as doors and windows.  Then they began to add additional details such as trees, signs and bushes.  Finally, we used colored pencils to draw people that we would see in a community.  They cut out the people and glued them into their community collage.
Here are some of our final artworks:

 Please take a moment to visit our Communities.  They are on display outside of the art room and the cafeteria.  Enjoy!


  1. I love that you had them add the people!

  2. Nice job! Mr. E sent us over here and I just wanted to say welcome to the wonderful world of bloggers! I've added you to my blog roll so I'll be seein' ya around : ).

  3. Welcome back - Mr. E sent me. congrats on your great room.

  4. Welcome back to the wonderful world of creating and teaching art to youth!!! Mr. E sent me over - I'm in Michigan teaching to about 800 kids between two buildings and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

  5. Great idea! The kids did a really nice job, and it looks like they enjoyed the project :).

  6. Just saw your site on Mr. E's. I'm an "old teacher , new blog too. I hae taught K- and 1 classroom for 26 years and this year I am FINALLY living my 40 year old dream. I AM AN ART TEACHER!!!! I have waited for this day since I was in 3rd grade. I just started blogging a few months ago. You might want to look at my site if you have a minute. I'm new at it so have a long way to go. check out... Good luck from Iowa! Teresa

  7. This was great for a lesson I did in 2nd grade on Allan Crite. I told them how he was an "artist-reporter" and showed 8 or so paintings of his that showed life in his city. Then I had the kids make a scene of either their home or something in their neighborhood using your project idea. Thank you!! I was idea-less until I found this!