First graders have been Dancing with Degas! Our students learned that Edgar Degas was a famous Impressionist artist that is most famous for his drawings and paintings of ballerinas. After learning about Degas’ life through a storybook, the first graders discussed what movement activities they enjoy. Using simple shapes, students created these beautiful figure drawings of themselves and a friend. A horizon line across the page gave the figures a floor or ground to stand on. We discussed how drawing their friend smaller and higher on the page would give the picture depth and make them appear further away. Lastly the artists added color using oil pastels. If Edgar Degas was still here….he would have some competition with these great artists!