4 In 2nd grade/ Architecture/ Tempera Paint

WOW city

I just love these colorful cities created by 2nd graders. We looked at the book WOW City by Robert Neubecker.(Thanks to Deep Space Sparkle for introducing us to him!) We examined the characteristics of the city skylines, windows, doors, and rooflines.



Week One: Read the book WOW City. then students used pencils to draw 4-5 buildings. filling up their 12 x 18 construction paper. After the buildings were created students painted with large brushes and vivid colors to complete their cities. Let Dry


Week Two: Students used painted paper to create windows, and decorations on the buildings,

then environments were added: roads, clouds, sun, trees, etc.


Week Three: Students dipped straight edges into black paint and outlined their buildings. This last step really makes the colors and shapes pop! The cities are so bright and cheerful…
Wouldn’t you want to live in these adorable cities?

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    October 13, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Terrific! I especially love the straight edge dipped in paint outlines! Sometime the simplest ideas are the most effective. Thanks for sharing.

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    Princess Artypants
    October 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

    i was going to say exactly what phyl said– never thought about using a straight edge like that- -what great idea. what a cool project.

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    October 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I'm loving these cityscapes! They have so much energy with the bold colors, patterned windows and black lines. Wonderful!

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    October 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks guys! My straight edges are white plastic sheets from the local dentist office, you know the ones that they put in your mouth to hold the x-ray film. Well I have bigger sheets of that and it really works swell! 🙂

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