Third Grade and The Rule of Thirds

Third grade artists learned a new “artist trick” to make their artwork more interesting and visually pleasing – the Rule of Thirds.  (Shhh…they also worked with fractions, but don’t tell them!)

Students learned that the human eye naturally gravitates to certain intersection points when an image is divided into thirds.  Placing objects on these points creates a stronger and more visually interesting work of art.

They watched this neat little video to help them understand the concept:

They also looked at works of art and figured out how the artists used the Rule of Thirds in their work.

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Third graders were challenged to create a composition using the Rule of Thirds…and to sweeten the project, they drew Valentine candy.  It was tricky at first…but their completed compositions were – sweet, of course!

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I CAN: explain the Rule of Thirds to a friend; create a composition using the Rule of Thirds.

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Clay Days

Georgetown artists can hardly wait to take their clay projects home!  They began their projects in December, oh so long ago….and have been patiently waiting (well, sort of patiently) for their projects to dry, be bisque fired, glazed, and fired again.  And of course we have to display them for just a bit so friends and teachers can admire their creations.  Soon my friends…we will wrap these treasures up and send them home.

Elf houses, wall pockets, and bowls…ready to load in the kiln.IMG_9068IMG_9069IMG_9070

Fourth Grade wall pockets – adding beads and wire for hanging.

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Fifth grade Chihuly bowls and Third grade Elf Houses.

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Second grade Texture Houses  – a new project, and my favorite so far!

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Kindergarten India Elephants

IMG_6916The cultural focus this year in art class is Asia, and the Kindergarteners are focusing on the country of India. There is a tradition in India that happens every year called the Elephant Festival. The elephants are painted with beautiful colors and designs. The students learned interesting facts about elephants from India and compared them to elephants from Africa. Did you know that elephants from India are smaller than elephants from Africa? The artists created their own elephants by sponge painting gray paper to create texture that looked like wrinkly elephant skin. They used their painted paper to create these wonderful elephants. Their favorite part was picking out the beautiful jewel for their elephant to wear on it’s head.IMG_6914 IMG_6913 IMG_6911IMG_6910IMG_6889IMG_6888IMG_6887IMG_6871

This project was inspired by the elephant project from the blog ‘Art with Mr. Giannetto.’

Learning Goals:

I can create texture.

I can create a collage.

 

 

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Koi Paintings

Oh how I love these glorious Koi paintings by my fourth grade artists!

They learned that the Japanese Koi, or carp, is a much loved fish in Japan and is a symbol of strength and perseverance in the Japanese culture.  After a quick painting demonstration, they painted their koi with India ink on large sheets of paper.  The room was absolutely silent as everyone concentrated on their paintings.

Can’t wait to see the finished pieces after we add color!

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Fourth Grade Figure Drawings

Fourth grade artists wrapped up their study of Edgar Degas and figure drawing as they created these ballerinas and martial arts figures.

They learned about Edgar Degas and how he captured movement as he drew ballerinas as they rehearsed.

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After posing and drawing each other and drawing from wood mannequins, they had fun showing movement in these cute drawings.

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This project was inspired by fourth grader Nathan, who loves to draw martial arts figures!

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I CAN: tell two facts about the artist Edgar Degas; draw a huma figure showing movement.

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Sheep and Sailboats

Two Georgetown artists had their art work selected for permanent display at the Hudsonville Public Schools Administrative Offices. These pieces were gifted to the Board of Education in honor of their service for our district schools.

Mason Weber, a first grader in Mrs. Smith’s class, gifted SHEEP IN A MEADOW, a piece he created when he was kindergartener in Mrs. Persch’s art class. Allison Pepper, a second grader in Mrs. Ray’s class, gifted her piece, MONET’s BOAT, to the Board of Education. Allison created this piece when she was in Mrs. Brouwer’s first grade art class.

It was an honor to celebrate these two great artists and our Board of Education!

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What Does Art Mean To You?

Georgetown 5th graders were challenged to think about what art really means to them.  They brainstormed ideas together and read quotes from famous artists.

Then the painting began!  They traced their hands on canvas panels and added paint in warm colors.  They also explored making texture in the wet acrylic paint with sticks and printing with bottle caps.

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Next came the cool colors for the background.

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The final step was to collage their ideas onto their paintings.  I typed all their brainstormed thoughts and artist quotes so they could cut, color and glue them to their paintings. They also drew directly on their canvas with crayons or markers.

I love the way each student really expressed their own ideas through their paintings!

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I CAN: creatively use warm and cool color combinations; talk about art; develop my own ideas about my own art making.

See more of our Art Hands at our ARTSONIA on-line art gallery here.

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Letters From My Firsties

My first grade artists recently wrote me some fabulous letters!

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Their amazing classroom teachers have been teaching them how to write a persuasive letter – and let me tell you, nobody writes a good persuasive letter like a first grader.IMG_9605 IMG_9606 IMG_9607Who can resist these heartfelt requests to paint more, have extra drawing time, and even to have brand new pointy sharpie markers for art projects? So yes, my little friends…in 2016 we will get out the paint, break open those new boxes of sharpies, and squeeze in extra drawing time.  See you soon, Georgetown artists – and enjoy the rest of our holiday break!

 

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Fourth Grade Mandala Ornaments

Fourth grade artists learned about the art of drawing a mandala as part of their study of Asian art.  They can tell you that  the word ‘mandala’ in the ancient Sanskrit language means ‘circle’.  A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Indian religions and represents the universe.

Georgetown’s artists created their own mandalas, enjoying the meditative process of working from the center of the circle to the outside edges, adding pattern and shapes to create a pleasing design.

We turned our mandala art into beautiful ornaments, adding printed pine needles and a watercolor background.

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I Can: describe a mandala; create a mandala using line and shape; create a pleasing color combination using warm and cool colors.

See more of these beautiful mandalas at our ARTSONIA art gallery!

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Kindergarten Paul Klee Paintings

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Kindergarten artists learned about the Swiss painter Paul Klee. They viewed his painting entitled “Castle and Sun” and discovered that he liked to use many shapes in his paintings. After identifying geometric shapes in the painting, the Kindergarteners created their own castles  and suns using the same shapes.

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Kindergarten artists learned they can print shapes using every day objects like cardboard and cups. After the shapes were printed and dried, they added color using watercolor paints.

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Learning Goals –

I can learn about the artist Paul Klee.

I can print geometric shapes using everyday objects.

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