Calder Sculptures

Fourth grade artists had a blast making these colorful Calder sculptures!  They used problem solving skills to fold and create a standing “stabile” sculpture in the style of Calder’s “La Grande Vitesse” that can be seen on the Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.

Calder La Grande Vitesse

IMG_8208 First everyone made a practice sculpture from plain paper.  Bonus if you could get your paper sculpture to stand on its own!

IMG_8243 Students traced their practice sculpture on to heavy weight tagboard, then cut and folded their mini Calder “just right” so it would stand.  Their next challenge was to add sticker dots so their stabile would be interesting from all angles.

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I Can:

*Tell a friend the difference between a mobile and a stabile sculpture

*Create a stabile sculpture that stands on its own

Special thanks to Pink Stripey Socks for this project inspiration!

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News From The G-Town Art Room

It has been a busy first two weeks in the Georgetown Art Room!  All grades began with a project that reviewed the all-important art element of LINE as they embellished the first letter of their names.

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We’ve been learning and reviewing Art Room routines and rules to help us keep our room and materials neat and organized.

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Mrs. B. does enjoy a nice neat supply basket!

And…we started some fun projects!


Fourth and Fifth graders assembled their new sketchbooks.

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Third graders began some beautiful scientific drawings.


Second graders reviewed warm colors and painted a watercolor sunset.

And First grade…well, we used rulers to draw wonderful straight lines for our Picasso project.  Mrs. B. was way too busy with this project to take any pictures, believe me!  More later on that one!

Drop by next week for a look at our finished projects – they will be beauties.


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Welcome Back, Georgetown Artists!

After a beautiful summer break, we are getting back to business in the art room!  It takes a lot of helping hands to get our art room clean and ready for a new school year – everyone pitched in last June to help clean, sort markers and crayons, and wash and fold aprons.

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Over the summer, Mr. Rob and his fabulous crew painted our walls, scrubbed the sinks, and buffed our floor.  Isn’t this the prettiest art room ever?



And here we are on our very first day, creating letters and lines and loving art. Here’s to another fabulous year in the Georgetown Art Room – welcome back, everyone!



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A Shout-Out to Our Art Room Volunteers!

What a great school year it has been!  Mrs. Persch and I couldn’t have survived without the fabulous help of some special volunteers.  A HUGE thank you to Lisa Vredevoogd and her sweet daughter Mya for hanging artwork, taking art work down, hanging MORE artwork…you get the picture.  We so appreciate that you help us beautify our hallways with our student masterpieces.

Another giant thank you to Amy Sremba for taking thousands (yes, thousands!) of photos of student artwork to upload to our online Artsonia Student Art Gallery.  Thanks to Amy, we have 3,812 student works of art on display in our gallery for the 2014-2015 school year…and a grand total of 10,423 art pieces uploaded since 2010!  Check out our gallery here!

We can’t thank you all enough…hope you enjoy the little owl pins I felted for you…and please come back in the fall for more fun!


Hoot! We love you!


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A Visitor to the Art Room

Fifth Grade artists enjoyed a visit from local artist Cody VanDrunen today.  Cody is a former student of mine and is now following his passion – owner of CVD Designs, working as a free lance graphic designer, creating art and selling his work.  Talking with Cody was a real eye opener for many of our 5th graders; they peppered him with questions about how he works and where he gets his ideas and even how many pets he has (4 cats!).  Cody also entertained everyone with a few quick sketches.

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Learn more about Cody and his work at these links:

CVD Designs, Great Lakes Cornhole Boards


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Kindergarten Chickens

Kindergarten artists had fun drawing and coloring these bright chickens. The artists learned they could use simple shapes to create their chickens. They started by tracing a circle for the head. They drew triangles and ovals for the beaks and feathers. A rectangle or square was used for the box,  a circle for the sun, and ovals for the eggs.

In the Kindergarten art room we like to explore all different mediums throughout the year. This project introduced them to oil pastels. The artists founds out they were very messy, but created bright colors. Messy fingers usually make for a fun day in art class!


Here are just a few of our masterpieces!


Learning Goals

*I can draw common objects using simple shapes.

*I can carefully use oil pastels.

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1st Grade Watermelon Self-Portraits

Nothing says summer like watermelon! We are beginning to think about summer here at Georgetown and to celebrate summer we threw a twist into our self-portrait project. We decided to draw ourselves eating a large piece of watermelon.  The 1st grade artists had fun looking at their facial features in the mirror to make their drawings unique to them. They found out quickly that hair is one of the hardest things to draw.  Self-portraits are really hard to do, and all of the artists did an excellent job!IMG_7602IMG_7586IMG_7559IMG_7553IMG_7544IMG_7542IMG_7531IMG_3944The portraits were glued onto a tablecloth background to look like they were on a picnic. Bees and ants, (and even a few spiders), were added because no picnic is complete without them!

Learning Goals:

I can draw a realistic self-portrait

I can use watercolor crayons to create my own skin and eye color.

This project was inspired by several art blogs, including this one  here.

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