First Grade Trees

WE CAN….make many, many kinds of lines!  First graders learned about one of our most important art elements – LINE.  They practiced making oodles of different kinds of lines, including zig-zag, mouse ears, roller coaster, castle, and cloud.

After tracing their hands to create their “tree”, lines and color were added.  Then they were challenged to make at least 8 different kinds of lines as they decorated their leaves.  They were up for the task!


Then came the tricky part – mindfully cutting out their leaves and glueing them to their trees….looking out for the Glue Monster (no big gobs of glue!) and placing their leaves using their “artist’s eye” for a beautiful fall work of art.

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More of our beautiful line trees can be found at our ARTSONIA on-line art museum!

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Oh how I love seeing these 5th grade boys drawing in their sketchbooks!

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Happy Day in the Art Room….

I do enjoy a full drying rack – sign of a busy and happy painting day in the art room!



Stay tuned for a new project update!

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All That Beautiful ART!

Georgetown’s artists are busy creating beautiful works of art,  and the artwork is…piling up!


Mrs. Persch and I will be trying a new system this year to send your child’s artwork home.  The art pieces that our artists have put their heart and soul into creating are often crammed into backpacks or folded into little squares, arriving home in a crumpled pile – this makes us so sad!

This year we’ll be saving all our students’ work (several thousand pieces – we’re not kidding!!) and will have it available for you to pick up during fall and spring conferences.  Our hope is that more student art pieces will make it home in a better condition for you to enjoy!

See you in November for our first Art Pick Up opportunity!


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And…Here We Go!

Hello everyone – we are off and running with another year of creativity at Georgetown!


This year is extra exciting because we have added another ART ROOM for Mrs. Persch – right next door to Mrs. Brouwer’s art room!  Mrs. Persch teaches all four Kindergarten art classes, plus Mrs. Woodring’s 1st grade and Mrs. Greenlund’s Second grade artists.  This new room is a busy one; it is also used for some music classes, AND Mrs. Wert’s pre-kinders meet there for art and music with Ms. Darish!

IMG_3864 Mrs. P.’s room – don’t you just love those big paintbrushes hanging from the ceiling?


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Our first week began with a calm start as we began learning new routines; even the first day of school dawned cool and quiet.  Here’s a look at the playground around 7:30 AM  last Tuesday.  So peaceful!


We all spent the first few days getting our creative brains working again, playing some fun games and doing some nice “finish the drawing” warm ups.

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We’ll be working on some very neat NAME projects in the next week – see them soon here!

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What’s YOUR Name?

Our first big art projects this year are all about NAMES!  Each grade level is learning a different way to write their names – 1st and 2nd grades are learning BUBBLE LETTERS, 3rd is learning BLOCK LETTERS, and grades 4 and 5 are learning how to write their name in CURSIVE.  Students then added the art elements of line, shape, and color to turn their names into a work of art.

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Grades 1 & 2 bubble letter designs



Grade 3 block letter designs

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Grade 4 cursive writing designs


Grade 5 cursive writing designs

We also spent some time looking at how other artists use words and letters in their art pieces.  We looked at the words that Faith Ringgold includes around her Story Quilts.


Andy Warhol’s “100 Cans” and Juan Miro’s Hirondelle/Amour also brought some interesting discussions about words found in art.images-1 images

“I Can” Goals:

I can write my name in block, bubble, or cursive letters.

I can talk about different works of art.

I can use the art elements of line, shape, and color to create a work of art using my own name.



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Welcome Back!


Hello Georgetown Artists! Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch would like to welcome you to Georgetown! We’ve been busy getting two art rooms ready for you – yes, you read that right, TWO ART ROOMS! Mrs. Persch will also have an art room this year and will teach Kindergarten and one 1st and 2nd grade at Georgetown, and Mrs. Brouwer will teach 1st through 5th grade art in the other art room. We can’t wait to show you all the changes we’ve made, and to start creating beautiful works of art with you.

Please drop by for a visit during Open House times next week – see the Georgetown Blog for open house information.

See you all September 2nd!

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Georgetown is Looking Spiffy!

Our floors are shined up and teachers have been busy getting their classrooms ready for a new school year.  I’m excited to tell you that we also have nine NEW pieces of student artwork that have been added to our permanent collection!  Our wonderful Mr. Rob has installed the pieces throughout our building – take a few minutes when you are visiting Georgetown and see if you can locate them!

Hint:  one of the largest pieces we’ve ever had framed, by Cotey S., is hanging in the cafeteria – you will be amazed at Cotey’s skill in creating a work of art in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.  (See more about our Georgia Project here.)

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Here are the rest of the newly framed pieces (sorry about the glare from the lighting – when you see the pieces in person, I promise they look FAB.)

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HUGE thanks to our amazing Georgetown PTC for funding our Permanent Collection at Georgetown – your support is truly appreciated!


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A Look Ahead….And Back!

If you are visiting the Art Room Blog because you will be new to Georgetown Elementary in the fall….WELCOME!  Please explore our art blog to see what we create – and don’t forget to take a look at the over 6,000 works of art on display in our on-line Art Gallery, ARTSONIA as well.

As our school year comes to a close, here’s a look back at what it’s all about….the annual HPS Student Art Show. Check out our Georgetown artists and their beautiful smiles!

Mrs. Brouwer will be at the Georgetown Open Library on Tuesday, July 15 from 10-12.  Stop in for a visit!

We’ll see you in the fall!  Have a wonderful summer everyone!

Love – Mrs. Brouwer & Mrs. Persch

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The Library is OPEN!

Don’t forget to visit the Georgetown Elementary Library during our summer library hours!  The library will be open every Tuesday through July 29 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Mrs. Brouwer will be helping out at the library on Tuesday, July 15th – I would love to see you and hear all about your summer vacation!




While you are at the Library, be sure to look for some of my favorite ART books!


ANYTHING by David Wiesner…I just love the artwork in his books!


A classic – Nina Laden’s Pigasso and Mootisse!


You can’t go wrong with any book by Lois Ehlert – this is one of my faves.


I could spend hours looking at the illustrations in the books by Graeme Base – and his stories are cool too!

See you at the library!


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