Thank you to DeepSpaceSparkle for this...we loved the idea and ran with it.
I started off by talking a little bit about Matisse's paper cut-outs and showing them his work. I gave them their paper and access to a huge scrap cart. I showed them examples of other students artwork online, and then discussed with them about cutting out letters, shapes, etc. They really liked this, even after I told them NO pencils, surprisingly. I am in awe of how great these turned out in 2nd grade. I wasn't sure because I did them with a younger grade then I saw on Patty's blog. But, it worked...and pretty wonderfully, too.