Second Graders did an amazing job creating snowbird collages. The project is based on a project over at Deep Space Sparkle. We started off reading Snowballs by Lois Elhert. Students noticed the collage and overlapping details in the book and were inspried to include that in their own artwork. We began by stamping birch trees on white paper. Students chose a piece of construction paper to glue their trees down. The next week we created “magic” paper with crayons, liquid water colors, and salt. 2nd graders included a pattern of a variety of lines and shapes and were amazed as the white crayon resisted the watercolor paint. They also thought the salt-on-watercolor effect was pretty neat. Our next meeting was used to create the bodies for our birds out of shapes. Students folded their paper into quarters and had to cut shapes in half — a great reinforcement of math concepts! The last week was filled with fun: 2nd graders used white paint and one little finger to “make it snow” on their paper. White and black crayons created branches with highlights and shadows. Some students had the opportunity to write a story or artist’s statement to go along with their artwork. They are absolutely hilarious and awesome!