This is another amazing project courtesy of Cassie Stephens. Click her name to find detailed instructions for this lesson. For some background information on Chile and arpilleras, we checked out her Prezi, which can be found here. Ask your 2nd grader the following questions about Chile: 1) Where is Chile located? 2) What mountain range is in Chile? 3) Name the ocean that borders Chile.
1) Make painted paper
First, we started by making painted paper. Kiddos LOVE making painted paper because 1) it is messy and 2) everyone is successful! Simply paint and add texture!
2) Create the land + Andes Mountains
To create the land and Andes Mountains, we took our painted paper and ripped it from short end to short end (creating a piece of torn paper that was 12 inches across). Students layered 2 different pieces to create variety. These were glued down onto a piece of 12 x 12 paper and they grabbed a piece of 4 x 4 bright colored copy paper and went to the floor to learn how to make an origami house!
3) Make an origami house
I got a refresher on how to make an origami house from this Youtube video. I demonstrated on a larger piece of paper (the kiddos were making a house with 4 x 4 colored copy paper). Once they had a house, they added windows and doors and glued them onto their landscape.
4) Add clouds and details
By this point, the artists are pretty familiar with where they can locate tools in the room and what medium they like. They could use chalk pastels, oil pastels, Sharpie, painted paper, or felt to add details to their landscape.
5) Whip stitch a border
While the kiddos were adding details, I punched some holes on the sides of their work. Upon entering the art room, they chose a piece of yarn (about 22-24 inches) and sat down on the floor. I modeled taping one end to the back of the paper and a whip stitch. The pattern is simply up, pull, up, pull. They caught on pretty quickly. The other end of the yarn was taped and they did the other side independently.
The second grade artists are SO PROUD of their Chilean landscapes! I love all of the bright colors and textures. Thanks again, Cassie Stephens!