First Grade Meets Frederick

First graders learned all about neutral colors, tints, and shades this week.  Leo Lionni’s book Frederick was the perfect introduction to neutral colors.  First graders decided that neutral colors don’t care if they are warm or cold, primary or secondary; neutral colors are “just in the middle”.

We began by mixing white and black to create neutral gray colors, learning about tints and shades along the way.  Next we learned a fancy new painting technique called “scumbling” – ask a first grader how to “scumble” color to make some rocks for Frederick!

Their finished Fredericks are super cute!

First Grade Christmas Amaryllis Paintings

My first grade artists have been begging to paint – so of course we did!  The result?  Beautiful Christmas amaryllis paintings!

We began by looking at pictures of amaryllis plants and examining a large silk amaryllis flower.  We talked about how the plant grows from a bulb, sending up a tall skinny stem, and then a wonderful flower opens up at the top of the stem.  Everyone noticed right away that the amaryllis plant has Christmas colors of red and green.

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First graders began by creating a textured pot.  They drew their plants with marker, painted, and added details with black crayons.

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See more of these beauties at our ARTSONIA on line art gallery here.

I CAN….explain how to create texture, describe an amaryllis plant, use careful painting techniques.

Turkeys ‘N Trees

Before winter arrives…two more fall projects from G-Town first and second graders.  Both classes focused on the art element of LINE as they created turkeys and trees.

First Grade Fall Trees – firsties worked on their cutting and glueing skills while creating their trees.  Bonus – a little painting, a favorite in the first grade crowd.

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Second Grade Line Turkeys – gotta love the knobby little turkey knees.

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See more turkeys and trees at our ARTSONIA on-line art gallery HERE.

First Grade Black Cats

Firsties focused on their cutting and glueing skills while creating these fun black cats!

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We learned how to hold our scissors and to cut carefully…..

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No Glue Monsters here…just a dot, not a lot!

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We learned how to make curly whiskers, and zig-zag folded whiskers too!

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“Most fun art project ever!” say Georgetown’s first graders!

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I Can…use careful and correct cutting, glueing, and paper folding skills

 

 

From the GTown Art Room…

It’s been a busy first couple of weeks in our Georgetown art room!  Here’s a look at what we’ve done in the last 9 days since school began.

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Quarter circles – we put them together to make some fancy circles.

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We talked about three big Art Elements and read an awesome book – because we are all MAGNIFICENT artists!

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Kinders and Firsties drew their favorite things and made table tags to help Mrs. B. learn ALL their names!  Yikes, I have lots of leaning to do.

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Fourth and Fifth graders put new pages in their sketchbooks and did some drawing.

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Third graders described warm and cool colors and began a new watercolor project.

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Second graders began torn paper masks (mean Mrs. Brouwer took their scissors away and ugh, they had to TEAR the paper!).  No Glue Monsters allowed for this project!

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Kinders met Mr. Mondrian and practiced their cutting skills to create their own Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogies.

And Firsties began a cool Picasso project….but I was too busy to take pictures – more later.

Whew!  And that is just the first nine days folks!

 

A Color Mixing Conversation To Remember!

First grade artists have been learning about color.  They helped me read the fun book, “Mix It Up!”.

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After reviewing ROYGBIV and rainbow color order, first graders did a little color mixing themselves.

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And then I had the best conversation ever with one of my firsties.  It went like this:

Firstie: Mrs. Brouwer, do you have any unicorns on your farm?

Me:  Why, no.  I am not even sure where I can get a unicorn.  Do you know where I can find one?

Firstie: (Giving me one of those “I can’t believe you don’t know this” looks) Mrs. Brouwer!  Unicorns are at the end of the rainbow, don’t you know that?!  When you get your unicorn, I want to come to your farm and see it!

You can bet the next time I see a rainbow I’m going in search of that unicorn for my farm!

 

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Sheep and Sailboats

Two Georgetown artists had their art work selected for permanent display at the Hudsonville Public Schools Administrative Offices. These pieces were gifted to the Board of Education in honor of their service for our district schools.

Mason Weber, a first grader in Mrs. Smith’s class, gifted SHEEP IN A MEADOW, a piece he created when he was kindergartener in Mrs. Persch’s art class. Allison Pepper, a second grader in Mrs. Ray’s class, gifted her piece, MONET’s BOAT, to the Board of Education. Allison created this piece when she was in Mrs. Brouwer’s first grade art class.

It was an honor to celebrate these two great artists and our Board of Education!

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Rizzi Birds

First grade artists have been learning about American pop artist James Rizzi.  Rizzi was known for his colorful, childlike art style and crazy images – his art is a favorite with Georgetown’s first graders!

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We began by looking at Rizzi’s art and talking about all the activity happening in his paintings.  First graders noticed the many symbols that Rizzi uses, and had fun looking for some his favorites – happy suns, hearts, birds, apples, and peace signs.

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First graders painted a Rizzi-style bird and added their own symbols to finish their cool and colorful birds.

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I can: Tell a friend what a SYMBOL is; draw a Rizzi bird; use mindful paint and gluing on my project.