Earth Day Posters

3rd graders work on Earth Day posters

3rd graders work on Earth Day posters

The Coffin School’s 2nd and 3rd graders just finished working on posters for the Marblehead Conservancy’s Earth Day and Arbor Day event.  Students selected a photo of a local plant, bird, insect, fish, or mammal and practiced drawing it on a small sketch paper.  We then drew borders around each poster and added our drawings.

Students penciled in a box around their drawing and gave it a colorful background to help make the poster eye-catching.  There are nine posters in total; please keep an eye out around town for them over the upcoming weeks!


Pastel Pumpkin Portraits

Sebby's chalk pastel pumpkins

Sebby’s chalk pastel pumpkins

3rd graders are continuing work on their pumpkin portraits.  This week we discussed using deeper, darker colors to suggest shadows and lighter colors to create highlights on our pumpkins.  This makes them look even more realistic.  Fortunately, the chalk pastels blend and smudge easily to create these effects!

We used warm colors on our pumpkins and cool colors in the background to help the pumpkin really stand out and be noticed!  As you can see, chalk pastels are a little messy, but also a lot of fun!  Next week we will continue to add color.  I will spray them with fixative after school to help cut down on the smudge factor!

Autumn Trees

Reagan's tree drawing

Reagan’s tree drawing

Kindergarteners have been noticing the way the leaves are turning colors and falling from trees.  We discussed that all trees have a trunk — it can be tall and thin like a birch tree, or wide like an oak tree, or crooked like the trees on Devereaux Beach — and branches grow out from the trunk, and smaller twigs grow out from the branches.  We thought about how branches are wide closer to the trunk and they get skinnier and pointier toward the end.  Students drew their own trees with oil pastels and used their fingers to blend the colors inside the trunk and branches.  Some students had time to add the sky and environmental details.  Our next step is to glue on pieces of tissue paper to create leaves — they can still be on the tree, or they can be swirling around in the air, or they can form a big leaf pile at the base of the tree!


Kendall's pumpkin painting

Kendall’s pumpkin painting

The Coffin School garden has been growing some spectacular pumpkins this fall!  I picked two from the back garden and brought them into the art room for students to observe.  We carefully examined the shape of the pumpkins and noticed that while they were mostly oval, they were a little irregular — one had a taller side and one had a flatter bottom.  We also noticed the directions the ridges curve in, the way the stem looks bumpy, and the dirt from where the pumpkin was resting on its side as it grew.


After drawing the pumpkins in pencil, students had a choice to either outline them in Sharpie or black tempera paint.  Next week we will use chalk pastel to color our pumpkins and review warm and cool color relationships.