Fifth Graders Explore…Hundertwasser

Fifth grade artists have been exploring the work of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser – an artist we call the Spiral Guy.  They were intrigued to learn that he never wore matching socks (too boring!) and that he designed toilets and bathrooms (fun discussions for 5th graders!).

Hundertwasser and his spiral art.

Fifth graders began by painting a background and adding texture.

They were then challenged to strike a dramatic or creative pose to add to their spiral flower landscape.  As everyone created their landscapes, I took photos of their fun poses…and our fabulous fifth graders worked themselves into their Hundertwasser landscapes.

You might say that they really got INTO their work!

Big thanks to Suffield Elementary Art Blog and Deep Space Sparkle for this project inspiration – Georgetown kiddos loved it!

 

 

 

 

First Grade Meets Frederick

First graders learned all about neutral colors, tints, and shades this week.  Leo Lionni’s book Frederick was the perfect introduction to neutral colors.  First graders decided that neutral colors don’t care if they are warm or cold, primary or secondary; neutral colors are “just in the middle”.

We began by mixing white and black to create neutral gray colors, learning about tints and shades along the way.  Next we learned a fancy new painting technique called “scumbling” – ask a first grader how to “scumble” color to make some rocks for Frederick!

Their finished Fredericks are super cute!

Springy Folk Art Birds

Third grade artists are dreaming of spring while creating these colorful Folk Art birds.  Working in the style of American Folk Artist Heather Galler, their birds reflect the many patterns and bright colors that Galler loves to use in her art.

Love the way these artists have arranged their markers in rainbow order so they can select just the right colors for their project!

I CAN goals: compare and contrast folk art with other works of art; use pattern and color in the style of Heather Galler.

 

Woot-Woot! Georgetown Artists Are…Published!

Georgetown artists are featured in the March 2017 Arts & Activities Magazine!

First grade artists show off their amazing self portraits and clay pendants in the magazine’s center page spread, titled “First Grade Portraits With Pendants”, written and submitted by yours truly, Mrs. Brouwer.

Read the article and see more photos at this link: Arts & Activities

Or – see the article in PDF form here: Arts & Activities March 2017

A surprise bonus is a mention of this year’s Fifth Grade Paul Klee painting project along with several featured photos of our student’s work in an article by Tara Sartorius, Program Director of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education.

Check out the article at this link, and click back to page 26: In The Studio

Can’t wait to show my students their work in Arts & Activities magazine!

Kindergarten Hearts

Remember our Kindergarten color mixing project from a couple of weeks ago?

This week we did a little tracing, cutting, paper punching, and lacing to turn those beautiful painted plates into heart necklaces.  Kinders had a blast doing some creative yarn lacing around their hearts, and they rocked the paper punches – their little hand muscles have really gotten strong!

I Can Goals: identify primary and secondary colors; use paper punches and yarn to lace a heart.

Get Ready…For the 2017 HPS Student Art Show!

Georgetown artists have been busy creating amazing art this school year, and are already looking forward to our annual district art show!  Here are the details:

17th Annual District Wide Student Art Show

April 17-25 – Hudsonville City Hall, Lower Level

Special Artist Reception for Georgetown Artists

 Wednesday April 19 5:30-7:30 PM

The show is open during City Hall business hours from 8 AM – 5 PM.  Additional evening artist receptions weeknights April 17-25.

Here’s a look at last year’s show – see you soon!

Kinders Explore COLOR

Georgetown Kindergarten artists have been exploring the art element of COLOR.

They created power armbands while learning rainbow color order – that color guy ROYGBIV really knows his stuff!

Their primary color cars have been a huge hit; who knew you could do so much with just red, yellow and blue.

 

Next came the secondary colors, and a fun opportunity to mix primary colors to create green, orange, and purple.  We did it the non-messy way – by wiggling our fingers on top of paint covered with plastic wrap. Squishing the colors around the paper plate was a sensory bonus – kind of like squeezing a painted stress-ball!

 

We even learned about TINTS by mixing in some white with our new colors.

 

Kindergarteners loved that even our trash looked pretty on color mixing day!

 

Kinders Draw…Cars ‘N Trucks

Georgetown’s Kindergarteners are really excited about their new project…drawing cars and trucks.  We read lots of books about vehicles and talked about all the details on vehicles – big tires with fancy tire treads, door handles and doors, lights, and mufflers.  These kids know their vehicles and had a blast drawing the car or truck of their dreams.

Before they began adding color to their vehicles, we did a review of the primary colors and used just red, yellow, and blue on their masterpieces.  Mrs. Brouwer challenged them to do their best coloring by moving only their hand – not their whole arm – while coloring.  They gave those small hand muscles quite a workout!

Learning Goals: I can identify the primary colors; I can color using my small hand muscles; I can add lots of details to my drawing.  And an unexpected learning goal that I love: at the end of each class, my kinders have been telling each other what they learned that day.  Here’s one of the best ones: “I learned that when you paint the sky, the color goes all the way down to meet the ground”.

Look for these fabulous vehicles on our ARTSONIA on-line gallery soon!

Winter Foxes From Georgetown’s Amazing Fourth Grade Artists

Fourth grade artists rocked their painting skills while creating these fabulous winter foxes.  They mixed their own tints and shades to create shadows and depth on their pieces, and did a great job outlining their foxes with small brushes and black tempera paint.

Love these paintings as much as I do?  See more at our ARTSONIA on line art gallery here.

Big thanks to Little Dog Art Blog for this project inspiration!

 

Fifth Grade Snazzy Snowflakes

I am soooo in love with these snowflakes created by Georgetown’s 5th grade artists.  This began as a quick project to fill in between some longer projects that we were finishing up.  Little did I know how beautiful they would all turn out. Every single one is amazing!

It all began with these stencils I purchased last year…what to do with them?

Add markers – and a whole lot of 5th grade creativity – and WOW.

Our 5th grade boys are cool dudes…but not too cool to create some amazing snowflakes!

Did I already say how much I love these snowflakes?  I do.  I really do!  Nice job, 5th graders – you are incredible artists!

Want to see more of these beauties?  Check them out HERE at our Artsonia on-line Georgetown Art Museum!