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 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!

Cutest. Ladybug. Project. Ever.

My first grade artists are finishing up this fun ladybug multi-media project.  We did it all…drew, painted, cut paper, glued…and read some great ladybug stories, including the classic The Very Grouchy Ladybug. I was amazed at the cool facts we learned about ladybugs along the way – here are some of the things my first graders told ME about ladybugs:

* they roll into a ball and “play dead” so birds won’t eat them

* really stinky orange stuff oozes out of their knees so they don’t taste good to other bugs

* they sleep under leaves all winter long and come back out in the spring

* they like to eat aphids, yum!


Cutting ladybugs from construction paper and adding details with a large marker.  The eyes are a round white sticker with the center cut out with a paper punch.  My kids loved peeling the sticker off and placing the eyes in just the right spot.

Adding cut paper flowers – yellow background and blue sky has been painted with water color.

Finished ladybugs.  I love that they are all different – each has their own little ladybug personality.  Cutest. Ladybug. Project. Ever!

This project was inspired by this image from shutterstock.