The 2nd graders and I are using food for inspiration this 9 weeks. It is part of their common core, and the 2nd grade classroom teachers were a bit hesitant about this theme. I was not. I have some really great art projects stored up regarding food- cause this art teacher loves a good snack. For this project, I had each student write a "Menu" which included their favorite food items. I then gave them each a paper plate, and we drew the food (practicing scale and proportion, along with reviewing "bird's eye view"). They colored the food with crayon, and used water colors to jazz up their plates. During another session, we used corrugated cardboard pieces to stamp black lines and create a pattern which would later serve as their place mat. On assembly day, we added silverware (which was wrapped in foil) cups, and napkins. They loved the variety of materials, and I loved the opportunity to review concepts from the year, along with seeing the personality in their plates. We tackled this project while waiting for our coil bowls to get fired- next week we'll glaze them.