Hey! It Is Almost ART SHOW TIME!

Here’s a little peek behind the scenes as we get ready for the Big Event next week.

Art Show Prep Day

Extra special shout-out and huge thanks to our art volunteers Carrie, Amy, Erica, Karen, Sara, and Linda (Mrs. Persch’s mom!) who spent a busy Saturday morning helping us mat and label our student art pieces.

The pieces have been strung together, carefully packed up, artist nametags have been created, and the official artist list has been checked and double checked!  This week all of Hudsonville’s art teachers – Elementary, Middle, and High School – will spend an entire day hanging and arranging our 16th Annual Student Art Show.

Here’s a look at last year’s show – hope to see you again this year too!

Follow this link for 2016 Art Show Opening Dates and Times:

ART SHOW 2016

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Kindergarten India Elephants

IMG_6916The cultural focus this year in art class is Asia, and the Kindergarteners are focusing on the country of India. There is a tradition in India that happens every year called the Elephant Festival. The elephants are painted with beautiful colors and designs. The students learned interesting facts about elephants from India and compared them to elephants from Africa. Did you know that elephants from India are smaller than elephants from Africa? The artists created their own elephants by sponge painting gray paper to create texture that looked like wrinkly elephant skin. They used their painted paper to create these wonderful elephants. Their favorite part was picking out the beautiful jewel for their elephant to wear on it’s head.IMG_6914 IMG_6913 IMG_6911IMG_6910IMG_6889IMG_6888IMG_6887IMG_6871

This project was inspired by the elephant project from the blog ‘Art with Mr. Giannetto.’

Learning Goals:

I can create texture.

I can create a collage.

 

 

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Kindergarten Paul Klee Paintings

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Kindergarten artists learned about the Swiss painter Paul Klee. They viewed his painting entitled “Castle and Sun” and discovered that he liked to use many shapes in his paintings. After identifying geometric shapes in the painting, the Kindergarteners created their own castles  and suns using the same shapes.

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Kindergarten artists learned they can print shapes using every day objects like cardboard and cups. After the shapes were printed and dried, they added color using watercolor paints.

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Learning Goals –

I can learn about the artist Paul Klee.

I can print geometric shapes using everyday objects.

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Kindergarten Line Monsters

 

IMG_5724Kindergarteners at Georgetown have been busy learning about lines in the art room. After reading the book, Lines that Wiggle, by Candace Whitman, they explored all different kinds of lines. They began by drawing lines in the air with their imaginary pencils, then they painted them on paper with black tempera paint. When those lines dried they used watercolor paints to paint color between their lines. The final step was to cut them to look like monsters by adding eyes, (or an eye), mouths, teeth, and other things to make their monsters unique. The Kindergarten artists had so much fun creating their monsters and they are proud to display them in the halls at Georgetown!

This was a great first lesson for Kindergarten. It took a few sessions, but we were able to learn many first skills in the art room. We learned how to use scissors properly by holding our thumbs up and moving the paper, not the scissors. We learned painting correctly by treating the paintbrush like a ballerina and tiptoeing in our paint and dancing across our paper. We also learned how to properly use a glue stick by making the glue peek over the edge and not pop over the edge. Best of all, we were able to learn the routine of painting and cleaning up paint in the art room by starting simple with just one color.

 

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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!

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Hoot! We love you!

 

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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!

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Here are just a few of our masterpieces!

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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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Kindergarten Peacocks

There are flocks of peacocks popping up in the Kindergarten hallway! The Kindergarten artists created these amazing peacocks after studying the artist Eric Carle. They discovered that Eric Carle wrote and illustrated many of their favorite picture books. After a fun and messy session of painting papers, the students cut their papers to create their peacocks.

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Learning goals:

I can identify the art of Eric Carle

I can use warm and cool colors to create a peacock

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