Painting in the second grade continues to live in the imaginary realm. Stories about the colors and how they behave with each other help the children enter the world of colors. Students begin to expand their palette to include many more colors in each composition, while still bringing attention to technique and care for materials.

Form Drawing

Form drawing is a process beginning with the students outlining an image in the air and then recreating the shape with the finger on the page. This exercise is meant to stress the physical or mental movement and activity that occurs prior to when the actual drawing is made. In second grade, forms that emphasize symmetry on an axis, mirroring exercises, and above-below exercises along with “running forms” that move across the page horizontally or vertically create the basis for cursive writing and fluidity of thinking.

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