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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Gone Fishin’

Georgetown second grade artists have completed one of my favorite new projects..ever!

They created these sweet little clay fishies and carefully glazed them with beautiful patterns.  Each child made three fish, adding interesting texture by pressing pasta into the wet clay.

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search Norman Rockwell “The Fishing Trip”

After learning a little bit about the famous American artist Norman Rockwell, who illustrated several magazine covers with fish related images, students created a “fish paper” background, strung their fish using a tricky slip knot, and placed them on the background for display.  Fun fact – we used sepia paint to make the fish paper look “antique”.  Sepia paint used to be made with a brownish pigment gathered from the ink sacs of…wait for it…cuttlefish!

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New Clay Projects

Third and Fourth Grade G-Town artists are wrapping up their clay projects and are excited to show them off!

Third graders created coil pots and turned them into bird nests by squeezing clay through a garlic press; they loved creating the squiggly looking nest tops.

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They created colorful birds, eggs, and baby birds using Model Magic.  What child doesn’t love a nest full of birds?!

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Fourth Graders created fun little face pinch pots, and added awesome felt hats.  Each pinch pot has such character – every one of them makes me smile!

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Inspiration for this project is from Fem Manuals blog – check out their darling face pots with hats too!

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Smoosh-Free Student Art!

Georgetown Parents…thanks for stopping by the Art Room during conferences to pick up your child’s artwork!  We enjoyed seeing all of you and we LOVE being able to send home all that beautiful artwork unwrinkled and un-smooshed!

If you were not able to drop in, feel free to stop by the art room before or after school and we can help you out.  We will also have a final art pick up day during the last week of school.

~ Mrs. Brouwer & Mrs. Persch

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2015 Cultural Focus – North America

Each year, Georgetown artists focus in-depth on a different culture.  Last year we explored Mexico and South America; this year we are “staying home” and learning about the art found in North America!

We began our 2015 cultural focus by brainstorming American symbols of freedom – each grade created an art piece based on a different U.S. symbol of freedom.

Kindergarten Flags – did you know there is an American flag on the moon?  Neil Armstrong placed it there during the first moon landing on July 20, 1969.

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First Grade Liberty Bells – the Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds!

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Second Grade Statue of Liberty drawings – we learned so many cool Lady Liberty facts!  Did you know that each eye is 2 1/2 feet wide, and her mouth is 3 feet wide?!

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Third Grade bald eagles – who knew they could fly as high as 10,000 feet!

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Fourth Grade U.S. Capitol Buildings and Cherry Blossoms.  The Capitol building and Georgetown Elementary share a neat architectural feature – we each have a rotunda and a dome, how cool is that?

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Fifth Grade Mayflower and Plymouth Rock – 5th graders were only a little bit freaked out that the Mayflower passengers shared their crowded below-decks space with dogs, sheep, goats, and poultry.  And the bathroom facilities…well, let’s just say this wasn’t a cruise ship with luxury accommodations!

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Thanks to our Pinterest art teacher community for many project inspirations- Art Projects For Kids/Mayflower Drawings, Elementary Art Fun/Bald Eagles, Whitney Elementary School on Artsonia/Lady Liberty, Deep Space Sparkle/Liberty Bell

 

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Five More for the Art Show!

Five more for the HPS Art Show!  These awesome clay knee bowls were created by our 5th grade artists.  Congratulations, artists!  See you at the art show in April – find more Art Show information HERE!

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I’ve seen directions for knee bowls on several art blogs; not sure who to credit for this fun project idea – I first saw it here on Adventures of an Art Teacher.

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Critique…and Curate!

Parents!  Don’t forget to stop by the art room during conferences next week to pick up your kid’s artwork!

Georgetown artists have been busy this week getting their artwork ready for parents to take home.  After sorting all of their art pieces, they learned how to CRITIQUE (talk about) and CURATE (choose one best piece) their work.

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Students focused on using their art words as they talked about each other’s work.  It was so neat to hear them discuss lines, warm/cool colors, and why they chose certain colors or shapes for their pieces.

After critiquing their artwork, students “curated” their art and chose their best piece, seeking the advice of their friends to make their decision.

Students then explained why they chose their piece as they wrote an Artist Statement.  They also did an art tour around the classroom to see everyone’s favorite pieces.

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Our “Critique and Curate” day was a good way to review the projects, artists, and techniques we’ve learned so far this year as well as preparing it to send home!

Michigan Arts Standards: I can analyze, describe, and evaluate works of art, including my own art.

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Inspired by Kandinsky

Georgetown fourth grade artists have been learning about the work of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.  Inspired by his “Composition VIII”, they traced circles and masked off lined areas on their watercolor paper as they explored creating an art piece in the style of Kandinsky.

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This great little video really brought this painting to life!

Their finished Kandinsky pieces are colorful and filled with interesting lines, shapes, and patterns.

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I CAN:

* Identify realistic, abstract, and non-objective art

* Create an art piece in the style of Wassily Kandinsky

* Use color, line, shape, and pattern to create an eye-path through my art piece

Thanks to Melissa’s Studio for this project inspiration!

 

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