While the original idea for this project (Torn Paper Zebras) was found on the wonderful Deep Space Sparkle Website, I decided that since I have (6) 2nd grade classes, that would be waaayyy too many zebras hanging around this art room! So, I decided to make this a unit on wild animals, making a Power Point Presentation for each class on a different wild animal to introduce our animal and our art project. So far, we've learned about zebras, lions, tigers (2 classes made tigers) and owls. Still to come are giraffes. 2nd grade students love to learn and talk about wild animals... really, who doesn't? They're endlessly fascinating. We not only learned about the animals and their habitats, but also about different types of animal art, how the animals are the subjects of sculptures, paintings, drawings, graphic design, and more.
First, the outline of our animals was drawn using an oil pastel, then we tore and pasted stripes, manes and feathers on. Next, the students cut their animals out and glued them to another sheet of paper that would become their animals habitat. Students got creative, making rainbows, suns, clouds (even rain clouds with raindrops falling from them!), grass, water, rocks, trees, flowers, moons and stars. They really enjoyed this project from start to finish and so did I... we learned a little about our animals and a lot about how to take what we learned and create a wonderful work of art from it!