2nd grade artists began this project by experimenting with watercolor. They practiced mixing and blending their paints to create magical skies. Their watercolor skies would become the background for their New York City Skylines. To prepare, students looked at images of New York and discovered the elements that make the city so unique. We talked about the tops of buildings and how much they vary in height and shape. Then the students painted the buildings' silhouette using black tempera paint. Unlike watercolor paint, tempera paint is opaque which means in is thick and not transparent. Once their buildings were painted, they used oil pastels to add window patterns. Here is a sampling of their work. Enjoy!