Second grade learned about the Plains Indians, with a focus on headdresses worn by tribal chiefs. We looked at the paintings of E. A. Burbank, who created more than 1200 portraits of Native Americans from 125 different tribes. Burbank painted portraits of some of the most famous native American chiefs, including Chief Blue Horse, pictured above.
Second graders started by creating an atmospheric watercolor for their backgrounds. We then learned to draw portraits in profile and to layer colored pencils to build up various skin tones. Yarn, fabric, and scrap paper were added to our drawings to give them a three dimensional quality. Lastly, paper feathers and “war paint” were added to complete the portraits.