2nd Grade Tigers


After learning about the life and art of Henri Rousseau, 2nd graders at Georgetown created these ferocious tigers in the style of Rousseau.  They learned that Rousseau liked to paint jungle scenes with wild animals even though he had never been to the jungle or had ever seen a wild animal. First the artists drew the tiger and painted it. Then they painted and cut out flowers and leaves to create a jungle scene. These tigers turned out great even though none of these artists had ever been to the jungle either!



See more of our ferocious tigers at our Artsonia On-Line Art Gallery!

There are lots of tiger projects out there on art blogs – we’d like to thank Alum Creek Elementary School’s Artsonia page for our project inspiration! See their page here.


Second Grade Matisse Windows

Second grade artists have been exploring the collage art of Henri Matisse.  They learned that in 1949, Matisse began one of the greatest projects of his life…a chapel for the Dominican sisters in the town of Vence, France.  He designed every part of the Chapelle du Rosaire, including the beautiful stained glass windows.  Our Matisse window collages are inspired by his “Christmas Eve” piece, and the second graders worked hard to create an eye path, using color and shape, that leads the eye around the collage.

Christmas_Eve_1952 Matisse Window “Christmas Eve”


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As our assessment for this project, second graders did a “Gallery Walk” around the room, admiring each other’s work.  They wrote comments about the pieces they were viewing, and there were great conversations about eye path, shape, and color!

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Kindergarten Fireflies

Kindergarten artists created these fireflies in the style of Eric Carle to support our school SPARK project where we raised money to send solar powered lanterns to teachers in Uganda. Each teacher in our building read the story The Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle to introduce SPARK to the students. Kindergarteners learned about Eric Carle’s art and began the project by painting paper. They then used their painted paper to cut out the parts of their fireflies. The students worked hard on their fireflies and they turned out beautiful!

 Read more about our SPARK, Spread A Little Light for the Nyaka School in Uganda,   here.

Second Grade Artists Explore Matisse

Georgetown second grade artists have been exploring the work of French artist Henri Matisse.  They loved his beautiful painting of The Goldfish Bowl, and were excited to create a similar piece using Matisse’s cut paper collage style.

Matisse – The Goldfish Bowl

Beginning the collage background

Adding goldfish to painted fishbowls


Completed pieces – bright and beautiful.  Parents – your child’s Matisse collage can also be found on Georgetown’s Artsonia gallery!  Visit our Artsonia Gallery here.

Special thanks to the blog, Wilder Paint Splatters for the Matisse inspiration!

Matisse and The Eye Path

Second grade artists have been learning about Henri Matisse and his beautiful cut paper collages.  They created their own cut paper collage in the style of his “Beasts of the Sea” piece.  They quickly became experts at cutting spirals and finding the beauty in their positive and negative cut shapes.

  Matisse – Beasts of the Sea

Here are two of our collages.

I love to introduce my second graders to the concept of an “eye path” with this lesson.  We talk about ways an artist can make the viewer’s eye move around the artwork – by using color and shape that is carefully placed in the picture.  Then I challenge them to create an eye path of their own as they create their compositions.

This year we spent some time looking at our finished pieces and finding each others’ eye paths.  The conversations at each table were absolutely fabulous – my kiddos were so excited to talk about their work to each other!  We practiced first about the polite way to talk about each others work, and how we might add “constructive criticism” such as “what if you put another shape here” and “my eye wanders off the picture here, could you add another spiral to bring the eye path around the corner”…..and they did it!



Georgetown 5th Graders Explore Hundertwasser

Fifth grade artists have been working on a fun new Hundertwasser project.  After viewing several pieces by Austrian painter and architect Hundertwasser and learning about his interest in nature and spirals, we began by creating a background while exploring tints and shades.


Hundertwasser- these were our inspiration pieces.

Painting the background – including Hundertwasser spirals.

Working on the faces.

Finished pieces with spiral collage flowers created with fabric and buttons.

A final fun collage.  I love this new project!

Third Grade Picasso Collages

My third grade artists were admiring the Picasso “Three Musicians” project that their fellow first graders recently completed, so….here’s another take on the Three Musicians, this time with a third grade twist!

Our Three Musicians are inspired by a project from Sara Brady, Art Specialist at Cathedral School in Bismarck, ND.  Thanks Sara!  Here’s the link to Sara’s Artsonia page.

First Grade Fall Collages

First grade artists are finishing up these beautiful fall collages.  This was a busy project and my first graders did a great job following directions – painting pumpkins and gourds, creating texture leaf rubbings, carefully cutting out many pieces for their collages, thoughtfully arranging them on their paper background, learning to OVERLAP, and finally, adding the much-anticipated silver and copper painted details!  Whew!

This project was inspired by a project I found on Pinterest….unfortunately, the web address given won’t work.  So if this is your project that I “borrowed”, please let me know so I can give you credit here – my first graders loved this fall collage!