I recently started teaching second graders art. It's been a wonderful experience for me. I have been collecting research about new projects from all over the internet. This one is especially lovely for young kids. Try it!
With the criteria of teaching the 2nd graders the difference between Geometric and Organic Shapes, we made a sculpture in the likeness of Dale Chihuly, with recycled plastic bottles.
Day 1: Talked about the differences between Geometric and Organic Shapes, then designed our pop bottles using shapes and patterns.
Day 2: Talked about the artist, Dale Chihuly and his method of glass blowing. Then the students each painted one bottle.
Dale Chihuly chandelier
Day 3: The students cut their bottles into a spiral shape (leaving the cap on, to help me hot glue them together on a paper towel tube), then made eye-patches to help remind them of the artist's name.