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!

Lois Ehlert Bird Collages

First Grade artists are finishing up a project inspired by Lois Ehlert’s winter story, “Snowballs”.  Ehlert-Snowballs

We created a cardinal collage and learned about the French word, collage, or “to glue” along the way!   The cardinal was made by folding a red construction paper circle in half like a taco – and in half again – and one more time, to make an ice cream cone – and we end up with how many triangles  – eight!  Students cut along the fold lines and played with their triangles “like a puzzle” to build a standing or flying bird.  Everyone’s bird is different since we all put our “bird puzzles” together in our own way.

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There’s something so fascinating about using the paper punch – and my 1st graders loved punching out a big pile of white tagboard holes for the “snow”!

Paper Punch Paper Punch


I’ve been a little “turkeyed out” this year and didn’t create a new Turkey Day project for my younger grades.  But I shouldn’t have worried…one of my fellow classroom teachers, Mr. Jurewicz, came up with this great project that his kiddos created last week.  I’m thinking Mr. J. should think about trading jobs with me sometime!  Way to go Mr. Jurewicz AND your creative first grade crew!

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