Hey, It’s Cold Out There!

We’ve been keeping warm in the art room as we create these snow-inspired winter projects.

Kindergarten artists drew fun penguins; don’t you love how their penguins are waving to you from their snowy icebergs?

What’s not to love about these snow bears?  Second grade artists said that they liked drawing them the best.  And adding the scarves and hats.  And oh yeah, painting the cool backgrounds.

Third grade artists reviewed the parts of a landscape before drawing and painting their detailed winter village scenes.  Their sky backgrounds – ooh la la!

Can’t get enough of Georgetown’s fabulous winter art?  See more HERE at our Artsonia on-line art gallery!  We’ve got over 13,000 masterpieces on display for you to enjoy!

 

A Look Back…and Forward

Hi all…here’s a look back at some fun projects that I didn’t get a chance to share with you this past fall.

Kindergarten Mr. Mondrians!

Giant Georgetown Turkey.  Gobble Gobble.

 Kinders – puttin’ a little glaze on their clay tree ornaments.

Fourth Grade Calder sculptures

What’s coming up in 2017?  Grades 2-5 are really, really, really excited to start their clay projects when we return from break.  Kinders and Firsties will be learning about color and doing some interesting color experiments and projects.  And everyone will be exploring this year’s Cultural Focus: Africa.

In the meantime….

See you soon!

Merry Mooseltoe

Second grade artists were inspired to create these fun moose drawings after looking at the book “Mooseltoe” by Margie Palatini.

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We used many different media and techniques to complete this project – stencils and crayons for the snowflake background, crayons and tempera paint for the antlers and head, and finally construction paper and silver sharpies for fun ornaments.

Each moose has its own personality…they all make me smile!

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See lots more of these cute mooses at our Artsonia art gallery here.  Parents, it’s not too late to order your child’s personalized art keepsakes at our Artsonia gallery – check it out!

Thanks to Sharpies, Paint, & Paper Blog for the project inspiration!

Winter Stars

Georgetown fifth graders are so thrilled with their 3-D winter stars!  This project has it all – a little origami with mountain and valley folds, intricate drawing and coloring options, mindful glueing, chalk highlighting, and writing…with (bonus!) fancy silver sharpies.  I love the thoughtful ideas about winter and the holidays that they wrote about to create their star backgrounds.

 

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Check out the 3-D effect – the careful folding was a challenge for almost everyone.

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Learning goals: Demonstrate a mountain and valley origami fold, use pattern, line and words to create a work of art, explain the meaning of 3-D.

This project was inspired by the always amazing Tennessee art teacher Cassie Stephens – see her Super Star project post here

See 90 more of our beautiful stars on our ARTSONIA on line art gallery here.

 

First Grade Christmas Amaryllis Paintings

My first grade artists have been begging to paint – so of course we did!  The result?  Beautiful Christmas amaryllis paintings!

We began by looking at pictures of amaryllis plants and examining a large silk amaryllis flower.  We talked about how the plant grows from a bulb, sending up a tall skinny stem, and then a wonderful flower opens up at the top of the stem.  Everyone noticed right away that the amaryllis plant has Christmas colors of red and green.

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First graders began by creating a textured pot.  They drew their plants with marker, painted, and added details with black crayons.

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See more of these beauties at our ARTSONIA on line art gallery here.

I CAN….explain how to create texture, describe an amaryllis plant, use careful painting techniques.

Let It Snow!

Kindergarten artists learned about landscapes while creating these sweet little snowscapes.  They also learned a fancy new art word: collage – meaning “to glue” in French!

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Find more of our “Let It Snow” collages at Georgetown’s ARTSONIA art gallery here.

Thanks to Krokotak for this Snowy Day Collage project!

 

Turkeys ‘N Trees

Before winter arrives…two more fall projects from G-Town first and second graders.  Both classes focused on the art element of LINE as they created turkeys and trees.

First Grade Fall Trees – firsties worked on their cutting and glueing skills while creating their trees.  Bonus – a little painting, a favorite in the first grade crowd.

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Second Grade Line Turkeys – gotta love the knobby little turkey knees.

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See more turkeys and trees at our ARTSONIA on-line art gallery HERE.

What’s In The Bag?

What to do when half of your class is finished with a project, and some students need a little more time to finish up?  Have a little fun with some mystery drawing, of course!

Fifth graders used their sense of touch to describe and draw mystery objects hidden in paper bags.  There was lots of giggling and funny faces as each student felt the item in their bag, described it to their classmates, took notes, and finally tried to draw their object without looking at it.

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This exercise was a perfect way to give my students a new way to explore drawing and challenge their powers of observation – and to work as a team to create their sketches!

Turkey Time

Georgetown kindergarten artists have been learning about the art element of line.  They had a blast painting lots of different lines.

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Their line paintings were cut into turkey feathers and carefully glued to these cute turkey portraits.  Don’t they just make you smile?  Gobble gobble!

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I can:

Paint 5 or more different lines; hold a brush correctly; use scissors and glue with care.

New from our Fourth Graders – Still Life With Zentangles

Fourth grade artists are wrapping up their first big project – a still life drawing with a zentangle background.  After viewing the still life paintings of Cezanne, Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s “Still Life with Crystal Bowl” became our inspiration piece.

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Fourth graders carefully drew their vases and colored them with crayons. They added bright fruits, coloring them with markers and remembering to add the special highlight on the fruit to give it a modern, almost cartoonish look.

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Their still life drawings were completed with Zentangle line drawings.  After practicing different Zentangles in their sketchbooks, they added their favorites to the background and foreground of their pieces.

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See more 4th grade still life drawings at our Artsonia gallery!