Eeew – fish prints?! My third grade artists were a little bit worried when I began telling them about Japanese fish printing! Gyotaku (Japanese 魚拓, from gyo “fish” + taku “rubbing”) is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice that dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own.
We watched this video about Gyotaku, and – the printing began – with rubber fish, of course!
Third graders painted their fish with printing ink and carefully placed paper on top, rubbing the paper to transfer the fish design to the paper. It was tricky to figure out how much ink to use, but after trial and error, they created some beautiful fish prints!
After carefully cutting out the prints, third graders glued them to their beautiful Shibori paper backgrounds. Find out more about our Shibori project here.
Here are some of their fabulous gyotaku pieces.
Visit our ARTSONIA on-line art gallery to see more gyotaku prints!
I Can Goals: *tell a friend what gyotaku means; successfully print three fish; mindfully cut and attach fish to a shibori background; explain the shibori paper dyeing process
Georgetown artists have been learning about the art of Japan, China, and India. Third and fifth graders explored an ancient form of Japanese “tie dye” called shibori. In Japan, fabric is folded and tied in elaborate ways to create beautiful dyed fabric.
Students folded and dyed paper to create their own shibori-style art. The results…beautiful! There was much oohing and aahing as everyone carefully unwrapped their dyed papers.
Their beautiful papers became the backgrounds for two more Asian inspired projects – Fifth Grade Pagodas and Third Grade Gyotaku Fish Prints. More to come on these projects soon!
Third grade artists learned a new “artist trick” to make their artwork more interesting and visually pleasing – the Rule of Thirds. (Shhh…they also worked with fractions, but don’t tell them!)
Students learned that the human eye naturally gravitates to certain intersection points when an image is divided into thirds. Placing objects on these points creates a stronger and more visually interesting work of art.
They watched this neat little video to help them understand the concept:
They also looked at works of art and figured out how the artists used the Rule of Thirds in their work.
Third graders were challenged to create a composition using the Rule of Thirds…and to sweeten the project, they drew Valentine candy. It was tricky at first…but their completed compositions were – sweet, of course!
I CAN: explain the Rule of Thirds to a friend; create a composition using the Rule of Thirds.
Georgetown artists can hardly wait to take their clay projects home! They began their projects in December, oh so long ago….and have been patiently waiting (well, sort of patiently) for their projects to dry, be bisque fired, glazed, and fired again. And of course we have to display them for just a bit so friends and teachers can admire their creations. Soon my friends…we will wrap these treasures up and send them home.
Elf houses, wall pockets, and bowls…ready to load in the kiln.
Fourth Grade wall pockets – adding beads and wire for hanging.
Searching for just the right beads.
Fifth grade Chihuly bowls and Third grade Elf Houses.
Second grade Texture Houses – a new project, and my favorite so far!
The 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.
This project was inspired by the elephant project from the blog ‘Art with Mr. Giannetto.’
Oh how I love these glorious Koi paintings by my fourth grade artists!
They learned that the Japanese Koi, or carp, is a much loved fish in Japan and is a symbol of strength and perseverance in the Japanese culture. After a quick painting demonstration, they painted their koi with India ink on large sheets of paper. The room was absolutely silent as everyone concentrated on their paintings.
Can’t wait to see the finished pieces after we add color!
Two Georgetown artists had their art work selected for permanent display at the Hudsonville Public Schools Administrative Offices. These pieces were gifted to the Board of Education in honor of their service for our district schools.
Mason Weber, a first grader in Mrs. Smith’s class, gifted SHEEP IN A MEADOW, a piece he created when he was kindergartener in Mrs. Persch’s art class. Allison Pepper, a second grader in Mrs. Ray’s class, gifted her piece, MONET’s BOAT, to the Board of Education. Allison created this piece when she was in Mrs. Brouwer’s first grade art class.
It was an honor to celebrate these two great artists and our Board of Education!
Georgetown 5th graders were challenged to think about what art really means to them. They brainstormed ideas together and read quotes from famous artists.
Then the painting began! They traced their hands on canvas panels and added paint in warm colors. They also explored making texture in the wet acrylic paint with sticks and printing with bottle caps.
Next came the cool colors for the background.
The final step was to collage their ideas onto their paintings. I typed all their brainstormed thoughts and artist quotes so they could cut, color and glue them to their paintings. They also drew directly on their canvas with crayons or markers.
I love the way each student really expressed their own ideas through their paintings!
I CAN: creatively use warm and cool color combinations; talk about art; develop my own ideas about my own art making.
See more of our Art Hands at our ARTSONIA on-line art gallery here.
My first grade artists recently wrote me some fabulous letters!
Their amazing classroom teachers have been teaching them how to write a persuasive letter – and let me tell you, nobody writes a good persuasive letter like a first grader.Who can resist these heartfelt requests to paint more, have extra drawing time, and even to have brand new pointy sharpie markers for art projects? So yes, my little friends…in 2016 we will get out the paint, break open those new boxes of sharpies, and squeeze in extra drawing time. See you soon, Georgetown artists – and enjoy the rest of our holiday break!