Coffin Creations!

Marco's ocean collage

Marco’s ocean collage

Coffin students are already busy with their first projects!

Second grade has looked at Henri Mattise’s collages depicting the Flight of Icarus.  We discussed how Matisse simplified his images and used bright colors to make his collages bold and striking.  Students were allowed to choose any subject for their collage and worked on practicing their cutting and gluing skills.

Third grade looked at Georgia O’Keeffe’s A Sunflower from Maggie painting.  We saw how a sunflower can be created from repeating and layering very simple shapes and marks.  We used black tempera paint to outline our sunflowers and let them dry.  Next art class we will use oil pastel to color our sunflowers.

3rd Grade Sunflower Paintings

3rd Grade Sunflower Paintings

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Self Portraits

2nd grader self portraits

2nd grader self portraits

All Coffin and Gerry students drew a self portrait this March!  We used pencil, Sharpie, crayon, and watercolor.  Students used scrap paper to help mix the perfect colors for their skin, hair, and eyes.  We discussed the placement and size of our facial features.  Our surprising fact for drawing portraits: our eyes are only halfway up our head!  These portraits are for the Coffin-Gerry PTO’s Original Works fundraiser.  If you are interested in ordering any products that feature your child’s self portrait, please return the artwork, order form, and payment to your classroom teacher by Friday, April 1st.  If you’re not interested in ordering, simply keep and enjoy the portrait!

2016 Winter Concert

Coffin and Gerry’s 2016 winter concert will be on Tuesday, February 9th, at the Marblehead Veterans Middle School.  Gerry’s will begin at 6:30 PM and Coffin’s will begin at 7:15 PM.  Please check out our Winter Concert Invitation!  Thank you Lucy and Hayden in grade 1, Cordt and Zach P. in grade 2, and Abby in grade 3, for providing the beautiful collages!

Paper Animals

Kindergarten paper animals

Kindergarten paper animals

Kindergarteners are creating paper animals!  I really enjoy this project — just look at those faces!  We folded a rectangle of oak tag in half to form the body.  To make legs, we folded two long strips of oaktag in half and glued them to the body.  Each end of the folded oaktag made a leg, so all our animals have four legs.  We colored our animals with crayon and thought about what its coat would look like.  Some students needed to add spots and stripes, and some added lines to give their animal’s coat a rough texture.  We drew and cut out the tails and heads and glued them on.  Next week we will build an environment for each animal to inhabit!

National Grand Bank

Student work for the Fall 2015 exhibit at the National Grand Bank.

Student work for the Fall 2015 exhibit at the National Grand Bank.

Congratulations to the following students whose work will be showcased in the National Grand Bank on Pleasant Street: Max G. in Kindergarten, Riley C. in 1st grade, Madeline F. and Brianna C. in 2nd grade, and Madeline L. in 3rd grade.  Five students from each school (or pair of schools, in Coffin/Gerry’s case) in Marblehead will have their work on display this fall.  The display will be hung on November 19th.  I encourage everyone to stop in at the bank and take a look — you can see what other students your age are making over at Bell and Glover, and you can see what kind of artwork the older kids are doing, too!

Thumbprint Turkeys

1st grade turkeys!

1st grade turkeys!

First graders used their thumbprints to create a whole flock of turkeys!  First we pressed our thumbs into the stamp pad for two seconds.  Then we pressed our thumbs against the paper for another two seconds.  After washing our thumbs off, we then used skinny Sharpies to draw in turkey details, such as beaks, wattles, wings, feathers, and feet!  Many students thought of different activities for their turkeys — I saw turkeys eating worms, turkeys flying, turkeys running, and one turkey trying to eat the sun!  (“He’s a weird turkey,” according to the artist.)