The 2nd graders are watching their caterpillars turn into chrysalises, turn into painted lady butterflies. While studying life cycles in science class, they have been learning how to draw realistic butterflies. When we started this project, this is how they drew butterflies:
We looked at photos of real butterflies and noticed that a. the antennas are not curly, b. the wings are more triangular shaped, c. there are simple lines and patterns on wings, definitely NOT hearts.
After drawing butterflies, the students transferred their images onto clay tiles. Adding and subtracting clay resulted in beautiful relief sculptures.