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.


Last Day of Kindergarten Art

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It has been an amazing year with these Kindergarten students! It was hard to say goodbye, but I made them all promise they would say “Hi” to me when they see me in the hallways next year. We celebrated our last day by going outside and drawing with sidewalk chalk. We got a little messy, but we had so much fun.  I am amazed at how much these students have grown in their artistic abilities this year. I will miss this bunch of kiddos!

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The Georgia Project

Fifth Grade artists have been learning about the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who was known for her large flower paintings.  This year we focused on her beautiful desert paintings that included bleached cow skulls.  Just like O’Keeffe, my 5th graders were intrigued to discover the beauty and life in the bleached bones.  I was surprised to learn that many of my students collect deer skulls and the bleached bones of smaller critters; several students brought in bones from their collections to share with their classmates.

Our study inspired these beautiful creations – skulls carefully drawn in pencil, gorgeous chalk landscapes, and carefully placed silk flowers to finish the “Georgia Project”.


O’Keeffe skull paintings – our inspiration!  We began with these beautiful pencil drawings.


Next step – chalk desert landscapes

Putting it all together – with carefully placed flowers.


Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to learn more about O’Keeffe!

See our O’Keeffe inspired chalk flowers created by 5th graders last year here.

Fifth Grade O’Keeffe Flowers

Fifth graders have been looking at the work of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe this week, and are finishing up large chalk flowers in the style of O’Keeffe.  Their flowers are stunning – they have really worked hard to carefully blend the flowers and make them fill their picture space, just like O’Keeffe did.