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!
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!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: Bavarian Castles, Black Forest, Christmas, elves, George Hinke, Germany, King Ludwig, North Pole, Santa Claus December 24, 2014
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…
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: Leonardo DaVinci, Mona Lisa December 24, 2014
Our giant Chihuly project is finished! Georgetown’s fifth graders began our water-bottle Chihuly in September…and our fourth graders joined the fun in early November to finish up. It is a beauty!
Our fabulous Mr. Rob has already put our sculpture on display….can’t wait to see this addition to our school’s rotunda, and our students’ faces when they look at the view way, way, WAY up!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: Dale Chihuly, recycle art projects, recycled water bottles December 23, 2014
Do you know three interesting facts about Leonardo daVinci? I’ll bet a Georgetown third grade artist can help you out! They recently learned all about the great artist daVinci; not only did he paint the famous Mona Lisa, but he was a sculptor, inventor, musician, and mathematician. Students examined a Mona Lisa print and discovered how daVinci was able to draw her eyes so that she seems to follow you across the room.
Third grade artists created their own Mona Lisa portraits, surrounding their portraits with drawings of inventions and notes just as Leonardo daVinci might have done.
One of my favorite parts of this project are the detailed inventions and notes!
See more Mona Lisa portraits at our on-line gallery ARTSONIA!
I CAN Goals:
I can tell three facts about Leonardo daVinci.
I can draw a realistic portrait of the Mona Lisa.
I can show how to draw the famous Mona Lisa eyes.
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: Leonardo DaVinci, Mona Lisa, portrait, Third Grade Art Projects December 20, 2014
Check out all the gorgeous winter-themed art we’ve been creating!
5th Grade Pines
4th Grade Polka Dot Poinsettias
3rd Grade Winter Pines
2nd Grade Winter Owls
1st Grade Cardinals
Kindergarten Winter Shapes
Parents – you can find more winter art, along with your child’s entire gallery of artwork at our on-line gallery ARTSONIA.
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: 1st Grade Art Projects, 2nd grade art projects, 3rd grade art projects, 4th grade art projects, 5th grade art projects, Kindergarten Art Projects, Winter Art Projects December 18, 2014
Check out our student artwork on Artsonia, our on-line art gallery! We are busy uploading winter and holiday themed student artwork – perfect for a special holiday gift! Your child’s artwork can be printed on a variety of items – from mugs to holiday cards. And…20% of your purchase goes directly to our Georgetown Art Department.
Here’s Sara14000’s poinsettia piece – visit our gallery for more gift ideas!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: Artsonia, holiday art pieces, Student Artwork November 30, 2014
Georgetown Fourth Grade artists recently finished a huge figure drawing unit. They began by looking at the art of Edgar Degas, who was a master at drawing the human figure and known for his pastel drawings of ballerinas.
Then they tried their own figure drawings…modeling for each other and doing a series of quick gesture drawings in their sketchbooks.
Next we moved on to drawing wooden mannequin figures!
Finally – they created a background by straw blowing paint and outlining their beautiful blotches…and adding their figure drawings and other practice forms on their background. Magnificent!
* Identify the work of Edgar Degas
* Capture movement in a figure by gesture drawing
* Draw a mannequin figure in correct proportion
See more 4th Grade figure drawings at our ARTSONIA on-line gallery!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: Artsonia, Edgar Degas, Figure Drawing, Fourth Grade Art Projects, gesture drawing, Mannequins, splatter painting November 29, 2014
Google introduced me to a new artist today….Corita Kent!
Doncha love her?
Kent, also known as Sister Mary Corita Kent, was an activist and artist who created art to support civil rights, feminism, and the anti-war movement during the 60’s and 70’s.
Her graphic art is bright, colorful, and even makes us think a little bit.
Today would have been her 96th birthday. I think there may be a new Georgetown art project in the works to celebrate the art of Corita Kent!
Posted in News from Mrs. Brouwer Tagged: anti war movement, Corita Kent, feminism, graphic art November 20, 2014