Fern I. Coppedge Road to Lumberville

Descriptive Writing using a work of Art

Fern Isabel Coppedge was an exceptional landscape artist. She lived in New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Several of her works are on exhibit at the James A Michener Art Museum.
Coppedge was a member of the Ten Philadelphia Painters, a group of women artists who worked together, in 1917, to promote their work.

Select one of her works posted on the James A Michener Art Museum web site.

Imagine yourself in the scene. Write a descriptive paragraph (essay).

What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel? Can you taste something?

Make an effort to use at least two literary devices in the description. (Literary devices include: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, and hyperbole.)What is your reaction when you look at this painting?

Are you: gloomy, excited, tired, euphoric, anxious, peaceful, annoyed? Depending upon on your age, your perspective might be quite different. How would a young child view this scene? What about a new driver?

You could take the perspective of a person on foot who needs to deliver a heavy package or
an elderly woman wearing heels and a skirt.

Review your work. "Can the reader identify which painting you are describing?" Include details that provide clues for the reader. Resources:Helper words for descriptive paragraphs. Convey a single, effective picture. A cluster or cloud diagram can aid you in brain storming ideas Use a thesaurus to embellish your writing and to extend your vocabulary.

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Posted 8/2006 by Cynthia J. O'Hora, released to public domain

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Aligned with the following Pennsylvania Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, History, Arts & Humanities

Writing Standards:
1.4 Types of Writing A. Write narrative pieces stories, poems, plays, and letters that include: literary elements and literary devices
1.5 Quality of Writing A. Write with a sharp, distinct focus identifying topic, task and audience. B. Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic. F. Edit writing using the conventions of language.