Two More…

Almost forgot about these little beauties!  First grade artists explored PATTERN as they created these sweet pattern owls.

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Second graders reviewed primary and secondary colors and fine tuned their color mixing skills as they mixed green, purple, orange, and brown to create gorgeous ears of fall Indian corn.

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See more of these projects at our on-line art gallery, ARTSONIA.

Halloween Fun With My Firsties

Georgetown First Graders had a blast creating some sorta scary art this week.  (Have I mentioned how much fun my firsties are?!)

We read “There Was an Old Monster!”, did a scritchy-scratch dance, (cause man, we have ants in our pants!) and drew some awesome Texture Monsters.

IMG_8588 Ed Emberly’s There Was An Old Monster

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We finished up our busy Halloween week by learning how to draw spiders and webs…and our spidees wove some beautiful artistic webs!

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1st Grade Watermelon Self-Portraits

Nothing says summer like watermelon! We are beginning to think about summer here at Georgetown and to celebrate summer we threw a twist into our self-portrait project. We decided to draw ourselves eating a large piece of watermelon.  The 1st grade artists had fun looking at their facial features in the mirror to make their drawings unique to them. They found out quickly that hair is one of the hardest things to draw.  Self-portraits are really hard to do, and all of the artists did an excellent job!IMG_7602IMG_7586IMG_7559IMG_7553IMG_7544IMG_7542IMG_7531IMG_3944The portraits were glued onto a tablecloth background to look like they were on a picnic. Bees and ants, (and even a few spiders), were added because no picnic is complete without them!

Learning Goals:

I can draw a realistic self-portrait

I can use watercolor crayons to create my own skin and eye color.

This project was inspired by several art blogs, including this one  here.

First Graders Meet James Rizzi

First grade artists explored the art of American Pop Artist James Rizzi, who is known for his brightly colored playful paintings.  Our kiddos were delighted by his buildings with faces and spent part of their art class looking at Rizzi’s art and discussing the many objects found in his art, including birds, hearts, and buildings.

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They also created their own Rizzi-style building, adding a face and deciding if their building was a daytime scene with a sun, or nighttime with a moon…or both!

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I CAN: 

* Talk about the work of James Rizzi

* Name three objects Rizzi includes in his work

* Create a building in the style of James Rizzi

 

First Grade Color Fun

First grade artists have been playing around with color!  They recently learned about primary and secondary colors and did a little “non-messy” color mixing by rubbing over paint that had been covered with plastic wrap.  They were excited to see the colors change from red, yellow, and blue to purple, green and orange as they squished the paint under the plastic wrap.

We read a perfect book to tie in to our color mixing – “Monsters Love Colors” by Mike Austin – all about monsters (and first graders!) who love to scribble, scribble, mix, dance and wiggle!

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After mixing our colors on paper plates, we peeled back the plastic wrap to reveal our beautiful colors.  Even our wastebasket looked colorful.

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First graders finished their color class by designing their own “color wheel turtle” to take home.

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And while we’re talking color…take a minute to explore this fun link about color from NPR….their introduction says it is a weird little lesson in color, and it is indeed!

 

First Grade Trees

WE CAN….make many, many kinds of lines!  First graders learned about one of our most important art elements – LINE.  They practiced making oodles of different kinds of lines, including zig-zag, mouse ears, roller coaster, castle, and cloud.

After tracing their hands to create their “tree”, lines and color were added.  Then they were challenged to make at least 8 different kinds of lines as they decorated their leaves.  They were up for the task!

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Then came the tricky part – mindfully cutting out their leaves and glueing them to their trees….looking out for the Glue Monster (no big gobs of glue!) and placing their leaves using their “artist’s eye” for a beautiful fall work of art.

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More of our beautiful line trees can be found at our ARTSONIA on-line art museum!

A Few More….

Well everyone, we are finishing our last selections for the 14th Annual HPS District Art Show.  Here are our most recent masterpieces – congratulations, artists!

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Check here for more art show information!  Hudsonville Art Program

Mexican Blankets and…a Lizard!

First grade artists have been learning about the art and culture of Mexico.  After viewing Mrs. Persch’s brightly colored Mexican blanket, they created their own colorful blankets filled with oil pastel patterns.

We decided our blankets needed something extra…so first graders added a big green lizard sunning himself on their blankets!

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Here we are, working on our blankets and lizards.  Our finished lizards are below – first graders really worked on their scissor skills while cutting out their lizards. They had to be really careful not to cut off the legs or tail!

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Ribbit! Monet’s Frogs

Georgetown’s first grade artists recently finished these cute froggies after learning about the work of Claude Monet.  They were inspired by Geraldine Eischner’s book, “Where is the Frog?” and enjoyed looking for Antoinette the frog hiding in Monet’s famous water lily paintings.

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First graders created a watery “Monet style” background, then cut out their frog drawings and glued them to their beautiful backgrounds.  The final step was adding a gorgeous water lily flower  – created from model magic with a fancy bead in the center.

Ooh-La-La!

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Special thanks to Mrs. Seitz over at Forest Grove’s “Art With Mrs. Seitz” for this project inspiration!