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

Sunflower Paintings

Some real sunflowers to observe!

Some real sunflowers to observe!

Mrs. Janock, Ms. Johnson, and Mrs. Nigro’s students leapt right into a painting project this week.  I saw sunflowers for sale at the grocery store and couldn’t resist!


We looked very carefully at the sunflowers and paid special attention to the center of the sunflower.  We then looked at Georgia O’Keeffe’s sunflower painting.  We noticed how Georgia O’Keeffe cropped in on the flower and showed it up close to the viewer.


Students chose to use either a cool palette or a warm palette for their painting.  For these flowers, we will focus on realistic textures and details, but imaginary colors.  We started by painting one circle for the center of the sunflower and adding concentric circles around it to form the florets.  We then chose a color for the petals and painted all the way to the edge of the paper.  Next week we will go in with oil pastels to add texture and details.