Second Grade

In Second Grade, students become more aware of the idea that all things made by people reflect a creative decision. They learn that artists of various cultures have made contributions to our artistic heritage. Students are encouraged to make thoughtful use of the elements of design to enhance their personal stories.

Second Grade Art Vocabulary

"I Can" Statements


I can make lines in different directions (diagonal, horizontal, vertical).

I can simplify or combine shapes

I can purposefully use primary and secondary colors

I can add materials to my artwork to show texture.

I can show foreground and background space

I can use a variety of patterns

I can use proportions

Clay: I can use variations on coil technique and "butter" or blending to create a clay form

Mark-Making: I can draw a portrait with eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair and some additional details


I can discuss works of art based on theme, materials or technique as a reason to display the work at home, school, or other places in the community.

I can choose which of my works of art I like better and talk about it

I can discuss my art using art vocabulary


I can identify the work of famous artists and a notable artist from Park Ridge history

I can identify secondary colors

I can identify a portrait, still life, and landscape.

I can identify foreground and background.

I can identify different media (materials) and tools for making two and three dimensional art


I can create works of art about events in my home, school or community life

I can show emotion in a portrait

I can identify the work of famous and regional artists and create art inspired by classroom science and social studies units.


Regional Art & Reflecting on Personal Experiences