Woot-Woot! Georgetown Artists Are…Published!

Georgetown artists are featured in the March 2017 Arts & Activities Magazine!

First grade artists show off their amazing self portraits and clay pendants in the magazine’s center page spread, titled “First Grade Portraits With Pendants”, written and submitted by yours truly, Mrs. Brouwer.

Read the article and see more photos at this link: Arts & Activities

Or – see the article in PDF form here: Arts & Activities March 2017

A surprise bonus is a mention of this year’s Fifth Grade Paul Klee painting project along with several featured photos of our student’s work in an article by Tara Sartorius, Program Director of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education.

Check out the article at this link, and click back to page 26: In The Studio

Can’t wait to show my students their work in Arts & Activities magazine!

Fifth Grade Asian Pagodas

Fifth Grade artists learned about Asian Pagodas as they created these beautifully detailed drawings.  After viewing many images of pagodas found in Japan and China, they began their drawings, including details they noticed such as upward curving roofs and many tiers, or sections.

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Their fabulous drawings were mounted on the Japanese shibori paper that they created earlier. Learn more about our shibori paper here.

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See more of these beauties at our Artsonia art gallery!

Fifth Grade Chancay Figures

Fifth Grade artists learned about the ancient kingdom of Chancay, a Pre-Columbian civilization located along the coast of Peru.  Our artists created model magic figurines that were inspired by the ceramics made by the Chancay people.

150px-Idolo_Cultura_Chancay Clay idol from the Chancay culture.

IMG_2777 They began with “thumbnail” sketches in their sketchbooks.

IMG_2768 Creating the background – a bit of recycle art with cardboard and some awesome texture made from a donation of window shade samples.

IMG_2765 IMG_2766 IMG_2767 IMG_2774Creating and painting the Chancay figures using Model Magic.  Students recalled our earlier color unit and talked about Earth tones and neutral colors.

IMG_2792 IMG_2793 IMG_2794 IMG_2795Finished pieces.  Aren’t they wonderful?

Michigan Visual Arts Standards: 

Compare and contrast works of art as belonging to
particular cultures, times, and places.  

Demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts
interrelate in making and studying works of art.


Blob Flowers

Forgive a little horn-tooting here!  Just wanted to share that a short article I submitted to Arts And Activities Magazine has been published in their May 2013 issue –  what fun!

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This article was part of the magazine’s 80th Anniversary issue.  My contribution to their “It Works” section showed how I used a project submitted by Elaine Caulfield, changing it up for my fifth grade end of the year project.

You can find my original blog post for the project here:  Blob Flowers.



Fifth Graders Explore Metal Repousse

Fifth Grade artists learned about metal repousse, the ancient art of embossing or pressing shapes into metal.

Embossing the metal foil

Embossing the metal foil

After embossing their designs, they wiped India Ink on the surface to bring out the textures and patterns.

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

applying India Ink

They finished their piece by extending their patterns from the foil onto black paper.

Some students preferred the shiny surface instead of their india ink side…they chose which side to display.

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Thanks to the March 1999 Arts And Activities magazine for this project idea.  

New Art Show Selections

Congratulations, Georgetown Artists!  Here are the latest selections for our 2013 HPS Student Art Show.  Thanks to our wonderful kindergarten art teacher, Mrs. Persch, for getting these masterpieces ready for the art show!


Sketchbook Time

Our fifth and fourth grade artists spent their first days in art making their sketchbooks – assembling them, decorating the covers, and working on their first sketchbook assignment – a hand project.  They also learned how to draw some new fun zentangles.  Fifth and fourth graders will keep their sketchbooks in the art room and use them throughout the year –  when they have extra art time, to take art notes, and for working through ideas.

Sketchbook cover


Sketchbook hand project



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!