A Color Mixing Conversation To Remember!

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


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!



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!


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!

RIZZI James Rizzi

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.

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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* 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!



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!