There is a reason you haven’t heard much from our fourth grade artists lately….they have been busy sewing up their fantastic owl stuffies! Fourth graders learned that American artist Faith Ringgold not only created her famous “story quilts”, but she also sewed neat little soft sculpture dolls. Her dolls were the inspiration for our fun owl stuffies.
This project had many steps. Fourth graders began by tracing and cutting the basic owl shape from a template, learned how to sew a simple whipstitch, added beans and stuffing to fill their owls….and finished by glueing fun felt details to their owls. The final step was giving their owl a name and writing a sentence to introduce their owls.
Our owl stuffies are on display in the Georgetown Library and the rotunda showcases. Check them out…you will be AMAZED! You can also see all of their creations at our Artsonia on-line art gallery…be sure to read about their owls in the Artist Comments section!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: Artsonia, Faith Ringgold, felt, owls, story quilts, stuffed animals, Stuffies October 26, 2013
My students have been sporting lots of those rubber band bracelets…I want to make some myself! Love ‘em!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: rubber band bracelets October 17, 2013
Second Grade artists have been enjoying Kevin Sherry’s books about squids, including his I‘m The Biggest Thing In the Ocean!
They created their own big squids and painted them with tempera paint. The best part? Drawing all those cool TEXTURE squiggles in the wet tempera paint with a special rubber tipped squiggle brush. The hardest part? Outlining with a big black crayon and shading the edges for that special squid look – the final step really took a long time!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: I'm The Biggest Thing In The Ocean, Kevin Sherry, Second Grade art projects, squids October 16, 2013
Georgetown’s 5th grade artists are working on a stunning project that I just can’t wait to display in the hallways! We’ve been learning about the art of Georgia O’Keeffe and examining her beautiful large flower paintings. We learned that O’Keeffe wanted people to really, really stop and look at her flower paintings, so she made the paintings large to draw their eyes in to the piece. The zentangle flower in our 5th grade project does the same – we can’t stop looking at these beautiful flowers! A lesson in mixing tints and creating value completed these zentangle flower pieces.
Big thanks to Arteoscuola for this FABULOUS project – we loved it!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: 5th grade art projects, Georgia O'Keeffe, shade, tint, Zentangle September 30, 2013
We are busy starting new projects….and finishing up some pieces for display in our hallways. First grade artists continued exploring pattern and got to do a little painting as they created these fun pattern fish. They found out that a fish is pretty easy to draw, too!
Third grade artists learned about two important American artists – “Action Jackson” Pollock and the creator of the Blue Dog series, Louisana artist George Rodrigue. Their colored pencil dogs are framed with our version of a Jackson Pollock drip painting, created with string dipped in paint. They really enjoyed the painting process; to quote one of my third graders: “This was the best project ever!”
Painting in the style of Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm”.
Parents…this “Blue Dog” project can be found on our Artsonia on-line art gallery. Students have also written artist statements about their work, so be sure to check them out!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: 1st grade projects, 3rd Grade projects, Action Jackson Pollock, Blue Dog, George Rodrigue, Pattern Fish, spatter painting, Watercolor September 29, 2013
We are finishing up some great projects in our art room! Fourth graders have been revisiting a favorite artist, Faith Ringgold – and have created these beautiful self-portraits. My favorite part of this project is reading what they wrote about themselves below their portraits – such a fun way for me to get to know them all a little bit better! (click on the images to see what they wrote!)
First graders have completed a little pattern project – Beetle Bop Bugs. This project gave them a chance to show Mrs. Brouwer their direction following and cutting skills…not to mention getting to use those fancy paper punches! First graders learned that the paper punch can be a little tricky to use!
Second grade artists have been looking at the sunflowers painted by Vincent Van Gogh as they created their own beautiful sunflowers.
We love these new Crayola crayons…so many beautiful colors all rolled in to one fancy twistee crayon.
Parents….the 1st grade Beetle Bop project and the 2nd grade Sunflowers are in Georgetown’s ARTSONIA on-line art gallery – visit the gallery HERE.
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: Beetle Bop, Faith Ringgold, First Grade Projects, Fourth Grade Projects, Second Grade Projects, self portrait, sunflowers, Vincent Van Gogh September 22, 2013