Posted by: dbjaquith | June 11, 2016

Acrylic Painting

This second grader painted an array of semi-circles, making certain that no one color touched the same color. It's a game she has played many times before.

This second grader painted an array of semi-circles, making certain that no one color touched the same color. It’s a game she has played many times before.

Our PTO raises funds by doing raffles for time with teachers. Typically it happens on a Tuesday afternoon (Tuesdays are half-days) so no one is expected to provide time outside of the school day. My offering was acrylic painting on large canvases that I found in the back of the supply closet. Four boys and four girls from grades 2 and 3 joined me recently to paint their canvases. I wasn’t sure if 2 hours would be enough time but it turned out to be perfect! Most came with a plan in place and started sketching with chalk right on the canvases.

Working large is not often possible due to large classes and limited table space. In this case, with just two students per table, the huge canvases could be accessed from all sides.

Working large is not often possible due to large classes and limited table space. In this case, with just two students per table, the huge canvases could be accessed from all sides.

The Liverpool team logo - his mom told me that she was shocked at his interest in acrylic painting. Yet he showed up with his team shirt so he could faithfully copy the logo.

The Liverpool team logo – his mom told me that she was shocked at his interest in acrylic painting. Yet he showed up with his team shirt so he could faithfully copy the logo.

Silly me - I pre-painted the canvases gray so there wouldn't be any white space. That turned out to be a bad decision on my part.

Silly me – I pre-painted the canvases gray so there wouldn’t be any white space. That turned out to be a bad decision on my part.

In order to make the best use of our time students placed their paintings outside to dry quickly in the sun so they could add details on top of painted areas.

In order to make the best use of our time students placed their paintings outside to dry quickly in the sun so they could add details on top of painted areas.


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