Winter Starry Night

Second grade artists have been learning about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh.  They learned how Van Gogh created movement in his Starry Night painting by using short brushstrokes and lines to show the wind blowing and the stars glowing.

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Second graders used the same technique to show movement in their own winter starry night paintings.

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They were excited to add a bit of glittery sparkle to their stars and moon!


After looking at Dutch architecture and examining Van Gogh’s village in his painting, they finished up their winter paintings with cut paper buildings, focusing on overlapping to create depth and interest in their villages.

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I Can: understand and create the art principle of movement; use overlapping to create depth; carefully cut and glue (no glue monsters!)

Parents – wouldn’t these make beautiful Christmas cards?  Find your child’s artwork on our ARTSONIA website and create beautiful holiday gifts using their original art pieces!

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Two More…

Almost forgot about these little beauties!  First grade artists explored PATTERN as they created these sweet pattern owls.

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Second graders reviewed primary and secondary colors and fine tuned their color mixing skills as they mixed green, purple, orange, and brown to create gorgeous ears of fall Indian corn.

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See more of these projects at our on-line art gallery, ARTSONIA.

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Meet the Pumpkin Princess

Fifth grade artists created these pumpkins in the style of Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama.  Known as the Pumpkin Princess, her large pumpkin sculptures and art pieces are filled with polka dots.  Her pumpkins are often placed on a neon colored background with a pattern that she calls a “net”.

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Georgetown 5th grade artists created their Kusama-inspired pieces by printing a net background with cardboard pieces and carefully filling their pumpkins with a variety of dots.  Their project is a fun twist on the usual Fall pumpkin artwork!

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See more pumpkins at our Artsonia on-line gallery here!

Student “I Can” goals:

I can talk about the work of Japanese artist Kusama; I can create an art piece in the pop art style of Kusama; I can place carefully drawn dots to create movement and visual interest on my art piece.

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Fourth Grade Falling Leaves

Fourth grade artists combined their art and poetry skills to create these beautiful fall-inspired paintings.

They began with a sky-blue background, dabbing the watercolor paint with a tissue for added texture.

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They traced leaves and added color with watercolor pencils.

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Their beautiful leaf paintings were tied in to our cultural focus for the year, the study of Asian art.  We read the lovely book “One Leaf Rides The Wind” and learned about the art of writing Japanese Haiku poetry.

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Fourth graders wrote wonderful fall-inspired poetry and added their writing to their leaf paintings.

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I Can:

Show Movement with careful placement of objects and color

Manipulate watercolor and watercolor pencils with success

Write a Japanese Haiku


See more of our Falling Leaf artwork at our Artsonia On-Line Art Museum!


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Halloween Fun With My Firsties

Georgetown First Graders had a blast creating some sorta scary art this week.  (Have I mentioned how much fun my firsties are?!)

We read “There Was an Old Monster!”, did a scritchy-scratch dance, (cause man, we have ants in our pants!) and drew some awesome Texture Monsters.

IMG_8588 Ed Emberly’s There Was An Old Monster

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We finished up our busy Halloween week by learning how to draw spiders and webs…and our spidees wove some beautiful artistic webs!

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Surrealism Is….

This is how Georgetown’s Fifth Graders describe Surrealism: kind of creepy.  Sort of silly.  Like the strangest dream you’ve ever had. Unreal.  Bizarre. Fantastic.  Odd.  Sweet but…strange.

They created surreal portraits after viewing the work Surreal artist Salvadore Dali.

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Check out their sort of sweet, sort of creepy Surreal portraits!

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I Can:

Explain the Surrealist art movement

Tell two facts about Salvadore Dali

Create a work of art based on Surrealism




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Fall Trees

These beautiful fall trees were created by Georgetown second grade artists.  After reviewing warm and cool color schemes, they painted a warm tone watercolor wash for their background.

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Second graders practiced drawing lots of trees until they got one “just right” to put on their background.  Both Mrs. Brouwer and our artists were surprised how difficult drawing a tree can be – but our awesome artists stuck with the challenge and produced some great trees.  It helped to view several art pieces that showed how other artists drew trees, and to examine the branches and tree trunks that these artists had drawn and painted.

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I Can Goals:

* I can use warm colors to paint a watercolor wash

* I can draw a realistic tree with many branches

Special thanks to DawnStar for this project inspiration

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Scientific Drawings

Thinking about a new career?  Georgetown third grade artists learned all about becoming a scientific illustrator.  They discovered that a scientific drawing is a detailed, accurate drawing that can be used to illustrate a textbook or to help study a plant or animal. They enjoyed studying leaves, feathers, pinecones, and other objects from nature as they created these beautiful and accurate drawings.

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For a final fun step, third graders painted and printed leaves for a pop of color.  We have some future scientific illustrators who will be looking for a job soon!

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I Can Goals:

* I can make observations and detailed drawings of natural objects

* I can create an eye path and movement with thoughtful placement of drawings on my paper

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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.

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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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