Feelin’ The Love

Georgetown artists made these colorful mosaic hearts to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Love from us to you!

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Thanks to Jenny Murphy Designs for this Happy Heart inspiration!

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Kindergarten Paul Klee Cats

The Kindergarten artists have been busy learning about the Swiss painter, Paul Klee. Paul Klee’s paintings were very childlike with bright colors like the color he saw when he visited Africa.

IMG_2428                                        His famous painting entitled Cat and Bird was the inspiration for this project.


After drawing their cat and bird, Kindergarteners chose bright watercolors to add color. They finished their paintings by using a very small paintbrush to outline their lines with black paint. Awesome job Kindergarteners! You have really brightened our hallways at Georgetown.

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Ketchup Time!

Georgetown’s fifth grade artists are completing two different art pieces this week.  We’ve gotten a little behind due to snow days and winter break, so we’ve been playing “Catch Up”…or as we say in the art room, Ketchup Time!


These fun and colorful villages are inspired by the work of Austrian architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

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Take a peek at this fun video to see Hundertwasser’s work….my 5th graders are still asking to watch the video, but I suspect it is partly because of the music that goes along with it!

Fifth graders have also been getting a kick out of their Salvadore Dali “Vase or Face” pieces.  Which is it…vase or face?

Facevase  This famous optical illusion became the basis for their own surreal vase/face pieces, complete with symbols often used by Salvador Dali himself – ants, eyes, and floating watches.  It has been fun to see how my students interpret the Surrealist art movement and integrate the dreamlike, slightly uncomfortable images of Surrealism into their own pieces.

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See more Hundertwasser and Vase/Face pieces at our ARTSONIA online art gallery!

Learning Goals:  *Identify the work of Hundertwasser and Dali *Name two facts about both artists *Create an architectural drawing in the style of Hundertwasser *Identify elements of Surrealism including transformation and juxtaposition  *Create a Surreal drawing in the style of Dali


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New Art Show Selections

Check out the latest Georgetown selections for our upcoming HPS Student Art Show!

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Congratulations, G-Town artists!


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Picasso Portraits

First Grade artists have been exploring the abstract work of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.  They learned that Picasso worked in a style called Cubism.  After looking at lots of cubist art pieces, our smart first graders decided that cubism is when an artist uses lots of shapes and shows details from different views in the same picture – like their practice drawings here:

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Next they discovered that when Picasso was sad, he used lots of blue paint during his “Blue Period”.  Picasso’s work changed when he became happier and he used more oranges and pinks during his “Rose Period”.

They chose their own blue or rose color period to create their Picasso portrait collages.  See more of our awesome Picassos at our Artsonia on-line gallery!


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Learning Goals:

I can tell two facts about Pablo Picasso; I can explain cubism; I can create a portrait in the cubist style of Pablo Picasso

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Throwin’ A Little Paint!

Well, not really throwing the paint.  Third graders have been exploring the action paintings of “Action Jackson” Pollock.  They re-created his splatter style of painting using yarn dipped in paint.

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This is one of the few projects that I repeat every year – the students are so excited to create this way, and I never get tired of seeing the results!  Here’s one we did a couple of years ago: Action Jackson Portraits

This year we had some fun with our string prints by weaving the paintings after they were dry, and adding a string printed heart.


We discovered that it was easier to weave on the non-painted side of our work – easier to see our weaving pattern!

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Learning Goals:

I can tell two facts about artist Jackson Pollock; I can identify non-objective art; I can create a quality finished art work using printing and weaving techniques.



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Third Grade “Action Jacksons”

Third graders have been learning about the action paintings of American artist “Action Jackson” Pollock.  Here’s a peek at their action paintings – can’t wait to show them the next step of this project!  Stay tuned!

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Who Knew?!

We’ve explored different ways to draw a nice circle in the art room.  We’ve traced ‘em, and we’ve “gotten our brains ready” by drawing air circles first.  Next we’re going to try this nifty trick!

Thanks to The Art of Education for sharing this cool trick!

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas….

Way back when I was a little kiddo, my favorite Christmas book was “Jolly Old Santa Claus”.  This sweet story took you on a tour of Santa’s North Pole workshop, showing Santa and his elves as they prepared for Christmas Eve. I loved looking for Jingles the elf and Whiskers the cat as the elves decorated ornaments, baked cookies, and got the reindeer ready for the big night.

I recently came across a reproduction of this book and have fallen in love with the illustrator George Hinke.  Take a look!

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George Hinke was born in Berlin, Germany in 1883 and learned a classic style of painting.  His illustrations for the book “Jolly Old Santa Claus” are done in oil on stretched canvas.  I love looking for the influences of Hinke’s German background in these paintings – Santa’s castle resembles the castles of Bavarian King Ludwig, and Santa’s elves remind us of the stone elves that often decorate German gardens.  There is even a Black Forest clock hanging in Santa’s workshop!

Merry Christmas, friends!


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Another Mona Lisa?

Hmmm.  I need to consult with my third grade artists, who recently finished learning about daVinci’s famous Mona Lisa.  Let’s see what they think. EARLY MONA LISA goes on display for the first time?  Maybe…


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