Kindergarten students have been hearing firebird stories in art class! The firebird is a magical bird that features in several Russian stories, including a ballet by Stravinsky. We worked on using simple shapes to draw a firebird and color it with markers. We then practiced our gluing skills by gluing the firebirds onto a frame and then collaging golden metallic paper onto our work. Students used the gold to create golden apples (they make the firebird’s voice sound beautiful!), golden swords, golden eggs, and even fire surrounding the firebird. One of the things we focus on in kindergarten is skill with materials — taking care of our art materials so they stay nice, using the right amounts, and keeping our artwork as neat as possible so that our viewers can focus on our creativity. Some of the things we are working on include:
- Capping markers when finished
- Carrying scissors safely
- Capping glue sticks when finished
- Twisting out an appropriate amount of glue
- Always applying glue to the back of the small thing, not the front of the big thing (my art room glue rule!)
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!
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!
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!
Kindergarten students used oil pastels and watercolors to create these colorful paintings.
Kindergarten students looked at Wassily Kandinsky’s Concentric Circles study. We discussed the meaning of the word “concentric” and where they might have seen concentric shapes before (ripples in a pond is a popular example!). Students then folded their paper into quarters and drew a series of concentric shapes in each corner. They colored some of their white space with oil pastel and some with watercolor. We learned to blend oil pastels with our fingers (it’s a bit messy, but really fun!) and we learned how to take care of our watercolor paints and our brushes.
Kindergarten concentric shape paintings
Kindergarteners looked at Vassily Kandinsky’s Squares With Concentric Circles painting. We folded our paper in half and half again to divide the sheet into four segments. Then we used oil pastel to draw a shape inside each segment. We then drew larger versions around each shape to fill up the space. In the next art class, we discussed how to develop good painting habits, such as cleaning the brush and adding water to the paint.
Abby’s Hand Drawing
Welcome to the Coffin and Gerry Art Blog! I am so excited to start a fresh new year with your children. Kindergarteners started their first project this morning. We traced our hands, wrote our names inside the palm, and added embellishments with Sharpie and crayon. Hopefully looking at their hand art this week will help me learn their names faster, but we’ll see!
First graders and third graders drew me their favorite summer memory. I have seen everything from aquarium visits to camping to getting to see an aircraft carrier. It looks like everyone had a summer filled with wonderful experiences.
The first week is always a little hectic with students learning new seats, new routines, and new classmates. I am glad to be a familiar face for my older students and I hope to be a welcoming presence for the kindergarteners. Next Tuesday we will start digging into our first “meaty” projects — collage and painting. I can’t wait!