Fifth Grade Snazzy Snowflakes

I am soooo in love with these snowflakes created by Georgetown’s 5th grade artists.  This began as a quick project to fill in between some longer projects that we were finishing up.  Little did I know how beautiful they would all turn out. Every single one is amazing!

It all began with these stencils I purchased last year…what to do with them?

Add markers – and a whole lot of 5th grade creativity – and WOW.

Our 5th grade boys are cool dudes…but not too cool to create some amazing snowflakes!

Did I already say how much I love these snowflakes?  I do.  I really do!  Nice job, 5th graders – you are incredible artists!

Want to see more of these beauties?  Check them out HERE at our Artsonia on-line Georgetown Art Museum!

 

Winter Stars

Georgetown fifth graders are so thrilled with their 3-D winter stars!  This project has it all – a little origami with mountain and valley folds, intricate drawing and coloring options, mindful glueing, chalk highlighting, and writing…with (bonus!) fancy silver sharpies.  I love the thoughtful ideas about winter and the holidays that they wrote about to create their star backgrounds.

 

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Check out the 3-D effect – the careful folding was a challenge for almost everyone.

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Learning goals: Demonstrate a mountain and valley origami fold, use pattern, line and words to create a work of art, explain the meaning of 3-D.

This project was inspired by the always amazing Tennessee art teacher Cassie Stephens – see her Super Star project post here

See 90 more of our beautiful stars on our ARTSONIA on line art gallery here.

 

From the GTown Art Room…

It’s been a busy first couple of weeks in our Georgetown art room!  Here’s a look at what we’ve done in the last 9 days since school began.

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Quarter circles – we put them together to make some fancy circles.

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We talked about three big Art Elements and read an awesome book – because we are all MAGNIFICENT artists!

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Kinders and Firsties drew their favorite things and made table tags to help Mrs. B. learn ALL their names!  Yikes, I have lots of leaning to do.

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Fourth and Fifth graders put new pages in their sketchbooks and did some drawing.

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Third graders described warm and cool colors and began a new watercolor project.

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Second graders began torn paper masks (mean Mrs. Brouwer took their scissors away and ugh, they had to TEAR the paper!).  No Glue Monsters allowed for this project!

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Kinders met Mr. Mondrian and practiced their cutting skills to create their own Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogies.

And Firsties began a cool Picasso project….but I was too busy to take pictures – more later.

Whew!  And that is just the first nine days folks!

 

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

 

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.

What Does Art Mean To You?

Georgetown 5th graders were challenged to think about what art really means to them.  They brainstormed ideas together and read quotes from famous artists.

Then the painting began!  They traced their hands on canvas panels and added paint in warm colors.  They also explored making texture in the wet acrylic paint with sticks and printing with bottle caps.

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Next came the cool colors for the background.

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The final step was to collage their ideas onto their paintings.  I typed all their brainstormed thoughts and artist quotes so they could cut, color and glue them to their paintings. They also drew directly on their canvas with crayons or markers.

I love the way each student really expressed their own ideas through their paintings!

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I CAN: creatively use warm and cool color combinations; talk about art; develop my own ideas about my own art making.

See more of our Art Hands at our ARTSONIA on-line art gallery here.

Surrealism Is….

This is how Georgetown’s Fifth Graders describe Surrealism: kind of creepy.  Sort of silly.  Like the strangest dream you’ve ever had. Unreal.  Bizarre. Fantastic.  Odd.  Sweet but…strange.

They created surreal portraits after viewing the work Surreal artist Salvadore Dali.

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Check out their sort of sweet, sort of creepy Surreal portraits!

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I Can:

Explain the Surrealist art movement

Tell two facts about Salvadore Dali

Create a work of art based on Surrealism

 

 

 

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.

More for the Art Show!

Our annual HPS Student Art Show is coming up!  The show features over 700 works of art from grades K-12, including 100 masterpieces from Georgetown’s finest!

The show is held at the Hudsonville City Hall reception room and will run from April 20-28, 2015.  Georgetown artists will have a special reception from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, April 23rd.

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Check out Georgetown’s latest selections for the art show below!

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Congratulations Artists!

 

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!

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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