Wednesday, August 28, 2013
First day art lesson for second grade - Hot Potato Self-Portraits, a success!
We gathered in a circle and played a game of Hot Potato. Only instead of a potato, we passed a garbage bag full of hats, necklaces, glasses, and scarves. When the music stopped, the person holding the bag wasn't out, they just had to reach into the bag and pull out an accessory to wear.
I admit, it got a little loud. Second grade was super excited, but they did a wonderful job following the game's rules and cheering on classmates. I had planned for a 15 minute game which was also perfect to empty our bag. Each student had at least one item to wear, with some sporting 2 or 3!
We returned to our new assigned seats. Each child received a mirror and continued modeling their new attire. I reviewed a bit of information about self-portraits, and asked the students to draw what they saw in the mirror.
The class remained engaged for 15-20 more minutes. Some students had the chance to color, others did not. Some kids were completely stumped at drawing hats, while others just went for it. It was a lot of fun!