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2nd Grade Art

2nd Grade Art

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Quick Overview

Following the timeline of the K12 History program, second grade Art lessons introduce students to the art and architecture of ancient Rome, medieval Europe, Islam, Mexico, Africa, China, and Japan.

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Course Overview

Following the timeline of the K12 History program, second grade Art lessons introduce students to the art and architecture of ancient Rome, medieval Europe, Islam, Mexico, Africa, China, and Japan. Students will:

  • Examine elements and principles of art, such as line, shape, pattern, and more
  • Study and create self-portraits, landscapes, sculptures, and more
  • Create artwork similar to works they learn about, using many materials and techniques—after studying Winslow Homer's Snap the Whip, students paint their own narrative landscape and design stained glass windows inspired by the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris

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  • Identify lines in artwork, such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai
  • Identify different types of artwork, including paintings and sculpture
  • Differentiate between art that looks real and art that looks make-believe
  • Learn about the life of Katsushika Hokusai and the characteristics of his works

Shapes and Colors

  • Identify shapes and colors in artwork, such as The Harlequin's Carnival by Joan Miró
  • Describe how colors are mixed to make new colors
  • Learn about the life of Henri Matisse and the characteristics of his works

Let Me Repeat Myself: Patterns

  • Identify and describe patterns in artwork, such as Surprised! Storm in the Forest by Henri Rousseau
  • Learn about the life of Henri Rousseau and the characteristics of his works

How Artists See Animals

  • Identify and describe qualities of texture in artwork, such as A Young Hare by Albrecht Dürer
  • Differentiate between realistic and abstract artwork, such as American Flamingo by John James Audubon and Cat and Bird by Paul Klee
  • Identify examples of realistic and abstract sculpture, such as The Thinker by Auguste Rodin and Bird in Space by Constantin Brancusi

How Artists See People: Portraits and Self-Portraits

  • Identify and describe the characteristics of portraits and self-portraits, such as Head of Adam from the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo
  • Learn about the life of Joseph Whiting Stock and the characteristics of his works

The View from Far and Near: Landscape and Still Life

  • Identify and describe the characteristics of landscapes and still life paintings, such as Peasants Under the Trees at Dawn by Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot and Ease by William Harnett
  • Identify in landscapes the horizon line, foreground, and background

Storytelling in Art

  • Identify and describe paintings that show visual stories, such as Snap the Whip by Winslow Homer
  • Describe an artist's source of inspiration
  • Learn about the lives of Winslow Homer and Faith Ringgold and the characteristics of their works

A World of Art: The Roman Empire through the Middle Ages
Identify and describe characteristics of art and architecture from ancient Rome and medieval Europe, such as the Column of Trajan from Rome, Byzantine mosaics, and Gothic cathedrals

A World of Art: Islam, Mexico, and Africa
Identify and describe characteristics of Islamic, Mexican, and African art and architecture, such as the Alhambra in Spain, a turquoise pectoral from Mexico, and a Benin mask from Africa

A World of Art: China and Japan
Identify and describe characteristics of Chinese and Japanese art and architecture, such as scrolls from China and Japan, and the Himeji Castle from Japan

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Independent Study Courses

Courses can be started any day for independent study courses without a teacher. Full-year courses last 12 months and semester courses last 6 months.

 

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall and Spring. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 5 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted This course is available in two forms: taught by a teacher or designed for independent use. This teacher-supported course is taught through K12 International Academy. It is also available as independent study, where a parent will guide the course.
  1. Art is Family Time
    review by Kimberly on 8/16/2016

    I love how the art course connects to the history course and sometimes even the language arts course in telling the story of a specific period of time and the people that lived there. My favorite thing to do is after we have done the basic instruction of the lesson, we gather as a family and create the art project individually and collectively. It is a great way to open up the creativity in a child when they can see that you are willing to give it a try and can laugh at yourself. We love having a family museum with everyone's contributions during this shared learning experience. They we can go to the local museum to see more pieces by that same artist or during that same period of time.

To use this course, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection.  Some courses require additional free software programs, which you can download from the Internet.

Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)

 

Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Using  Mobile Devices with the Online School

Unfortunately, many portable devices do not support the software products required to run the Online School. These devices may include (but not limited to): Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Kindles, eReaders, and Andriod phones.

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.