In Grades 2, students begin to explore art in the world around them, to understand that people all around the world create and enjoy art, and to develop the ability to communicate about their immediate environment and interests through visual images. They engage in a variety of drawing, painting, print-making, and sculpting activities and are introduced to and learn to use a variety of art tools, materials, and techniques. They learn about some of the elements and principles of design and begin to describe how the elements are used by artists. They generate and develop visual ideas, using imagination, observation, and experiments with materials. And they apply their knowledge of design elements and principles to create works of art that tell stories and express thoughts, feelings, and insights.