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:


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A Color Mixing Conversation To Remember!

First grade artists have been learning about color.  They helped me read the fun book, “Mix It Up!”.


After reviewing ROYGBIV and rainbow color order, first graders did a little color mixing themselves.

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And then I had the best conversation ever with one of my firsties.  It went like this:

Firstie: Mrs. Brouwer, do you have any unicorns on your farm?

Me:  Why, no.  I am not even sure where I can get a unicorn.  Do you know where I can find one?

Firstie: (Giving me one of those “I can’t believe you don’t know this” looks) Mrs. Brouwer!  Unicorns are at the end of the rainbow, don’t you know that?!  When you get your unicorn, I want to come to your farm and see it!

You can bet the next time I see a rainbow I’m going in search of that unicorn for my farm!



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Chinese China

Fifth grade artists finished up their study of Chinese art and culture with a study of Chinese vases. They learned that each vase has a different shape and purpose, such as the ginger jar, which was made to hold ginger and other precious spices.

They were interested to learn that blue and white porcelain became very popular in many parts of the world, and for a long time people did not know how to make this porcelain because the Chinese kept the process a secret!

We created our own “scratch paper” by coloring the paper with blue oil pastels, painting over it with a thin layer of tempera paint, and then scratching traditional Chinese patterns and designs into the dry paint.

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I Can: Tell two facts about Chinese vases; decorate my vases with traditional Chinese motifs such as flowers, birds, and geometric patterns.

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Where’s All The Art?!

Parents – are you wondering where we are hiding all your kiddos art?  And when we’ll be sending it home? Well…we have it safely stowed away in the art room.


Instead of picking up artwork during conferences this coming week, we will neatly bag it up and have it available for pick up in mid-May.  We will notify you of the pick up date in May!

In the meantime, you can check out our projects right here on our Art Blog. Can’t wait to see your student’s artwork?  Visit our Artsonia Kids Art Museum – we have over 2,800 student art pieces uploaded already this year!

Visit www.artsonia.com (here’s the LINK) .  Contact me (jbrouwer@hpseagles.net) if you need your child’s Artsonia key code access.

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New From the First Grade Crew

First grade artists are finishing up their Asian inspired art projects from our cultural focus of China and Japan.

They loved learning about China and the giant panda bears.  We looked at cool panda videos and read Barney Saltzberg’s sweet book about Chengdu, the panda bear who could not, would not, fall asleep!


And of course their pandas are way too cute!

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We also learned about the Chinese New Year and celebrated by making hats and Lucky Fu Good Fortune wall hangings.  Gung Hay Fat Choy – Best Wishes and Congratulations!

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I can: tell two facts about Chinese pandas; talk about similarities and differences in American and Chinese New Year celebrations.


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Fifth Grade Asian Pagodas

Fifth Grade artists learned about Asian Pagodas as they created these beautifully detailed drawings.  After viewing many images of pagodas found in Japan and China, they began their drawings, including details they noticed such as upward curving roofs and many tiers, or sections.

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Their fabulous drawings were mounted on the Japanese shibori paper that they created earlier. Learn more about our shibori paper here.

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See more of these beauties at our Artsonia art gallery!

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