Grade 2 – African Animal Portraits

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Second graders were inspired by the photographer Nick Brandt to create these amazing animal portraits.  First students spent some class periods practicing their painting skills, and understanding why it’s important to work on a painting for a few class periods.  Then we looked at a handful of Nick Brandt’s photographs, and talked about why an artist might create portraits of animals.  Students used some reference images to create portraits of an African animal, as well as an African landscape for their background.  Check out my post on my art ed blog for more detailed information and resources.

I’m so impressed by the work these second graders created this year.  They’ve really honed their observation skills and painting skills this year. Check out their work below!

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