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.

What’s YOUR Name?

Our first big art projects this year are all about NAMES!  Each grade level is learning a different way to write their names – 1st and 2nd grades are learning BUBBLE LETTERS, 3rd is learning BLOCK LETTERS, and grades 4 and 5 are learning how to write their name in CURSIVE.  Students then added the art elements of line, shape, and color to turn their names into a work of art.

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Grades 1 & 2 bubble letter designs



Grade 3 block letter designs

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Grade 4 cursive writing designs


Grade 5 cursive writing designs

We also spent some time looking at how other artists use words and letters in their art pieces.  We looked at the words that Faith Ringgold includes around her Story Quilts.


Andy Warhol’s “100 Cans” and Juan Miro’s Hirondelle/Amour also brought some interesting discussions about words found in art.images-1 images

“I Can” Goals:

I can write my name in block, bubble, or cursive letters.

I can talk about different works of art.

I can use the art elements of line, shape, and color to create a work of art using my own name.



Imaginary Trees

Third grade artists are reviewing some of the skills and techniques they learned this year, including overlapping and color blending, while creating these creative imaginary trees.

They also got to work on their “art critique” skills as they examined and discussed several works of art featuring trees and landscapes.  Their favorite part of the critique was deciding what pieces were their favorite (and least favorite!) and explaining their decision.

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