Oh The Cuteness!

I do love a project that makes me smile, and these cute cats by our Kindergarten crowd are making all of us happy.  We’ve been learning about the artist Paul Klee and having fun finding all the shapes in his artwork.

We read this book and discussed this painting….can you find the cats and birds?

We drew our cats, colored the little tricky bits with crayon, put some fancy painting music on and…painted!

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Fun With Figure Drawing

Back by popular demand…Fourth Grade Figure Drawings!  Fourth graders learned how to do gesture drawings and had a blast posing for each other.  We viewed and discussed the figure drawings of Edgar Degas – and then the giggles commenced as they stood on the art room tables and posed for 30 second gesture drawings.  We do this project every year, and it never gets old!

We followed up our figure drawing practice by drawing from our mannequins.  Fourth graders were excited to show off their new figure drawing expertise!

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STEAM and ART = BEAUTY!

Georgetown’s Art and Steam teachers collaborated on a very cool project.  Our Kinders and First graders were challenged in Mrs. Totten’s STEAM Studio to design and build their perfect paint brush.  (See the project in STEAM class here.) They thought about the kinds of marks they wanted to make with their brushes and created brushes that would dab, draw, and make different types of lines.

STEAM Brushes – ready to paint.

Their colorful brushes were put to the test in Mrs. Brouwer’s art class.  First grade artists created an abstract landscape with their newly built brushes.

First step – a little texture rubbing.

Step two – putting those brushes to work with paint!

A little black paint to outline – and beautiful landscapes by First Graders are complete.

Kindergarten artists were also excited to create with their STEAM brushes.  We explored the work of Eric Carle, and created a background of water for our darling Eric Carle inspired yellow ducks.

We wrapped up our Steam/Art Brush Project with a discussion about the brushes and how well they worked.  Our First Grade and Kindergarten students had some great ideas to improve their brushes, including using clothes pins to hold cotton balls on the brushes so they could change the cotton balls when they got gooey with paint.  Many wanted to go back to Steam class and figure out ways they could design ways to clean their brushes to re-use them, along with attaching more objects to the brush to make different painted lines.  This was a great thinking + creating project, with beautiful results!

 

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Finally – The HPS District Art Show is READY!

It’s here…the 2017 HPS Student Art Show is up and ready for you to visit!  The HPS Art Teachers invite you to stop by the Hudsonville City Hall to view art created by some of the most talented artists in our district.

The show runs from April 17 – 25 and is open from 8AM – 5PM during City Hall Hours.  There are special Artist Receptions held each evening from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Visit our Art Department Blog for additional art show information.

Georgetown Artists – your night is Wednesday, April 19 – I hope to see you at the show!  

Can’t wait? Here’s a little sneak peek – see you soon!

 

2017 HPS District Art Show

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Our Latest…Clay Projects

Just before spring break, Georgetown artists carefully wrapped their clay projects and took them home.  Here’s a look at their clay creations!

Firsties learned how to make a pinch pot, glaze it, and finally add a little bead and wire embellishment.

Second graders created cute pinch pot birds.  They learned how to score the clay and add water to attach the eyes and beaks to their birds.  After glazing they added feathers to give their critters lots of personality.

Each year third grade artists learn how to make a coil pot.  They had fun adding a snake to their coil pots!

Fourth graders loved creating their wall pockets, and had big plans to use their projects to hold pencils, notes, and even cell phones!

Fifth graders tried a new project this year – awesome texture plates that sit on little feet.  Their plates are really amazing!

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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.

 

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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!

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