Coastal Landscapes of Maine.


Well, we are off to a new year in Art Room 124! Hope your year is starting off great! If you have been following the blog over the years you would know that my school does a school wide theme every year. I design fun T-shirts for all the staff to wear and our large projects and art show relate to that theme as well. 


So, after traveling to the beautiful state of Maine I knew right away that my first project with my fabulous 4th grade artists was going to be landscapes along the Atlantic Ocean.


First, I projected our inspirational photo on the Eno Board, 

taken on my vacation at the beautiful 

Acadia National Park.

Along with the photo I displayed swatches of colors that we would be using.
Next, students picked a piece of 12 x 18 construction paper and used pencil to draw basic landforms. They referred to the photo to draw foreground, middle ground and background.
Students started painting with tempera paints, adding tints for the sky and some glorious shades of blue for the ocean.


After the sky and ocean were created the landscapes were painted. We looked at the photo and discussed how the land in the foreground was much brighter than the land in the background.




The next layer of our project was adding the details of the landscape with
Look at the rocks in the foreground and discuss the texture. Curved or jagged?


Lastly, students used oil pastels to add more texture to their paintings. For some reason my students LOVE using oil pastels and get pretty excited when they work with them.





12 x 18 Construction Paper
Tempera Paint, Brushes, Placemats.
Oil Pastels
Painted Paper

Have a “Splashing” good time creating some coastal landscapes!
Laura 🙂



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  • Reply
    Mrs. C
    September 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Simply gorgeous as always! I really enjoy seeing your students work 🙂

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    September 22, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Gorgeous artworks. Love the colours and the textures. Your students are very clever and creative!

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    Gail Bartel
    September 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Beautiful, love the colour choices.

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    September 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Just Beautiful! Your students' work always have such great colors and texture!

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    Elisa Santambrogio
    September 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Congratulations! Your students are great artists 🙂

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    September 25, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Ah, you know I love Maine too, and can definitely smell the salty air in these lovely expressive paintings! Beautiful as always. Must pin…

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    Ruth Lee
    September 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Gorgeous! Your students really captured the different textures and movement of the water.

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    Patty Palmer
    September 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Absolutely love everything you and your students do. These are especially beautiful as it reminds me of home.

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    cheryl meehan
    September 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Fabulous project!

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    December 31, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring! I will share for sure on FB and Twitter!

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