Greetings from the students of Pastel, Charcoal and Chalk!

New friendships are being made as we explore the possibilities of charcoal this week! Vine, willow, compressed, pencil…who knew there were so many different charcoal options?! Inspired by Claude Monet and the Impressionists, we took our work outside to view the effects of natural light. Claude and friends called this “en plein air”.

College for Kids students complete charcoal composition in Pastel, Charcoal and Chalk.

College for Kids student completes charcoal composition in Pastel, Charcoal and Chalk.

We chose a spot on campus for our charcoal composition that was pleasing to look at and had a nice variety of contrasting values. We tried to capture the components of light in our composition- highlights, lights, shadows, core shadows, reflected lights and cast shadows help bring our work to life.

A charcoal composition in Pastel, Charcoal and Chalk.

A charcoal composition in Pastel, Charcoal and Chalk.

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Erin Ennis holds a Masters of Art Ed from UNI and is a National Board Certified teacher. This is the fourth year for Erin at College for Kids. She absolutely loves it! During the school year you can find her at  Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids where she teaches Drawing, Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, AP Studio Art and AP Art History.

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