Castles are a sure thing in the art room. Every grade level loves to make castles and I often do a castle project with my fourth grade students. But this time, I wanted an easy, two-lesson project better suited for my second grade students. The castle project from Knights and Castles Things to Make and Do (Activity Books) was a great place to start.
Instead of the 3-D castle illustrated in the book, I opted for a “flat” project. After a brief talk on castles and all the wonderful features they have, I demonstrated basic castle drawing techniques. We used white oil pastel on black paper to draw the castles. Then, using a household sponge cut into 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pieces, children dipped damp sponges into silver metallic tempera paint and created the stones or bricks. You should encourage stamping right off the ends of the castles as the castle will be cut out later on (this solves the problem of fitting full sized bricks into small spaces, although you can also use the ends of the sponges). The book suggested using erasers dipped in paint for the creation of the bricks but I found that this didn’t work very well. I also didn’t want to use my erasers in that manner. The sponges created an old-world effect that the children loved.
Once dry (usually the end of class one), children cut out their castles and began creating windows, doorways, flags and banners. I set out a tray of paper scraps, scissors and glue sticks and gave a few directions on how to cut out an arched window (fold paper in half), flags and banners.The children completed their castles at varying times, so to entertain the children who finished early, I set them to work painting the background. They really enjoyed the freedom to create their own signature castle. This was a very easy, successful, 2-lesson project that I would highly recommend!
Second Grade Castles…
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