Psychedelic Sand Dollars

It has been a short week in the art room for 2nd grade. But the students have worked hard to complete a colorful project. With the warmer weather approaching and thoughts of summer vacation, I thought it would be fun to focus on a beach related theme, sand dollars! I had collected some great samples of sand dollars many years ago, while vacationing in Washington State and brought them in for the students to study. This art lesson required the students to use brightly colored chalk and glitter creating something psychedelic or more imaginary in appearance. Students were instructed to draw at least four, large bumpy circles two of which needed to overlap. They were also encouraged to draw one sand dollar going off the edge of the paper so that only part of it was left on the page. ” Since the sand dollar looks like it is leaving or entering the picture plane, it creates a feeling of movement. It suggests to our mind that this position is temporary and change is imminent since the ocean is always moving.” Dynamic Art Projects for  Children: Includes Step-by-step Instructions And Photographs Denise M. LoganStudents then filled in the sand dollar components; the inner and outer flower or star-like shape and notches around theedge. 2nd grade were encouraged to fill their paper with their designs and to use lots of different colors. They drewan additional sand dollar on a brighter colored piece of paper. This was cut out and glued on to their main compositionextending over the edge. The final step was to add a thin glue line around the sand dollar shapes and random dots.Gold glitter was then sprinkled over the entire design to simulate the sun glistening on the sand. I love the end resultsand I hope you do too.

Sand dollars

Delicate star-like/flower design

Ava E.

Cami H.

Ashlyn L.

Davis M.

Collin F.

Gabriel G.

Michael M.

Taylor W.

Kaleigh C.

Isaiah S.

Madeline L.

Connor B.



About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at and to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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