3rd Graders Are Out of Their Gourds!

3rd grade gourd studies

3rd grade gourd studies

This week I brought in decorative gourds to share with the third graders.  So far Mrs. Sheridan’s class has drawn gourd studies using pencil and Sharpie.  Each table received a tray with two different gourds.  Students were allowed to move around to each table to see different gourds throughout the class.  We looked carefully at every detail and tried to draw our gourds realistically.  Some of the things we paid attention to include the spacing of the ribs, the texture of the gourd, and the fact that the stem would be placed differently depending on the angle of the gourd.  Next week we will use wet-on-wet watercolor technique to paint our gourd studies.

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Completed Sunflowers

Completed 3rd grade sunflowers in Mr. Satterfield's office

Completed 3rd grade sunflowers in Mr. Satterfield’s office

3rd graders have finished their Georgia O’Keeffe sunflowers!  After painting the outlines with tempera paint, we used oil pastels to add color.  When deciding on our color palettes, we decided to use warm-cool opposites to help our sunflowers stand out.  If students used a cool color for their background, they used warm colors for their petals, and vice versa.  These particular sunflowers are currently brightening Mr. Satterfield’s office!

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

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!

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!

Coil Pots

3rd graders used the score and slip technique to create coil pots.

3rd graders used the score and slip technique to create coil pots.

3rd graders in Mrs. Sheridan’s class used clay this afternoon to build coil pots!  We started by rolling a ball of clay and then flattening it to create a base.  Next, we rolled out coils of clay.  A lot of students are already familiar with rolling coils.  If you’ve ever rolled a snake out of Play-Doh, you’ve made a coil!  We learned the score and slip technique to attach our coils to the base securely.  Some students chose to attach a coil to the side of their pots to create a handle.  We will let the clay dry completely before it is fired in the kiln.  Afterwards, students will glaze their pots.  The rest of the 3rd grade classes will begin their coil pots soon!