Spring Flowers

My second graders are finishing up these beautiful flowers with big bugs.  They drew a large flower and then studied pictures of bugs to complete their bug drawings.

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We also learned a fancy new art word: ANALOGOUS.  These are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel; second graders learned that the colors who are “neighbors” on the color wheel mix together nicely because they are closely related.  They blended their flower petals with oil pastels, carefully checking the color wheel for their best analogous colors to blend.

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Special thanks to my colleague Mrs. Persch for this project idea!

I CAN: draw a large realistic insect; tell a friend my favorite analogous colors; blend colors using oil pastel.

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Galler Houses

Third Grade artists have been working on a colorful architecture project in the style of American folk artist Heather Galler.  They learned that Galler is inspired by the things she loves, including animals, flowers, and houses.  After examining Galler’s house paintings from the New Orleans French Quarter and noticing the many details on these beautiful homes, they created their own “double gallery” New Orleans houses.

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Georgetown Galler inspired houses – aren’t they fabulous?

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See more of our 3rd Grade Galler Houses at our ARTSONIA on line art gallery here.

I CAN:  tell a friend three facts about New York folk artist Heather Galler; create an architectural house drawing in the style of Galler; Use color, line, shape, and pattern in my work.





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We Love Our Moms!

Shhhh…Georgetown artists have been creating some special art for their Moms this week.  Here’s a teeny peek at their Mother’s Day surprises.


Firstie rainbow flowers created from our rainbow color mixing project.

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Third Grade Dandy-Lions

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Fourth grade Faith Ringgold Weavings

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5th Grade Zentangle Butterflies


Happy Mother’s Day from our Georgetown artists!

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You Are A Guest of Nature. BEHAVE.

Artists in Grade 5 have been learning about the art of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. They loved his spiral obsession and the fantastic buildings he designed.

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We spent some time discussing Hundertwasser’s love of nature and what it means to be an environmentalist. Our Hundertwasser project honors his care for the world we live in and reflects the art he created for Earth Day.

We loved Hundertwasser’s command: Your Are A Guest of Nature.  Behave.  This became our inspiration piece!

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And here are our BEHAVE pieces.

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I CAN: *Tell two important facts about Hundertwasser *Explain the role of and environmentalist *Create a work of art in the style of Hundertwasser


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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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2016 HPS District Art Show

Save the date!  

The 16th Annual District Art Show

is right around the corner!


Visit the Hudsonville Art Blog for more information and art show reception dates for all Hudsonville schools:

Hudsonville Art Program

Here’s a peek at last year’s art show…hope to see you soon!

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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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