Fourth grade artists have been studying the art of American Artists Mary Cassatt. They learned that she loved to paint children, including her own nieces and nephew. So of course they created portraits of children – themselves!
After writing about themselves and creating a background of colored tissue paper, they traced their portraits from photos.
Paul Klee’s “Highway and Byways” was the inspiration for these pieces created by our Fourth Grade artists.
Paul Klee “Highway and Byways”
This project also focused on our school-wide goal of improving student math number sense with a deeper understanding of fractions. Fourth grade students used their knowledge of fractions to divide their paper space into halves, thirds, and fourths. They chose a warm or cool color palette and used watercolor to fill in their spaces. The finished pieces are a reflection of their use of color, shape, line, and of course…fractions!
See more of this project at our Artsonia on-line art museum.
And – special thanks to Miriam at Arteascuola for this project idea!
Each year, student artwork is selected for display at our Administration Building. The framed artwork is “on loan” for one year and then returned to the students. It is always a pleasure to drop the artwork off at the Administration Building – everyone there stops what they are doing and gathers around the art pieces, deciding (with perhaps a little friendly arguing) which piece will hang near their office for the year.
Two pieces have been selected for display from Georgetown Elementary. Drum roll please….
Fourth Grade Braden’s “Boab Tree”
Kindergartener Jordan’s “Lizzy Robot”
Congratulations, artists! Be sure to visit your artwork at the HPS Administration Building – 3886 Van Buren Street in Hudsonville!
Fourth Grade artists are completing these fabulous Boab Trees as part of our Cultural Focus this year – Australia. They learned that the Boab Tree is also called the “bottle tree” as it stores water in the bottle-shaped trunk to endure harsh drought conditions in the Australian outback.
Our boab trees were inspired by the work of Australian artist Bronwyn Bancroft, author and illustrator of the book “Why I Love Australia”.
Fourth Graders prepared the paper for their work by first rubbing it with crayons for a bit of color and texture. Next they painted their boabs with black tempera; when the tempera was dry, color was added with oil pastels.
See more of our beautiful boab trees at our ARTSONIA GALLERY!
I received the sweetest belated Christmas gift today from one of my fourth grade students. Her parents ordered me this beautiful Christmas ornament from Artsonia with her recent Winter Birch artwork printed on it. The ornament is beautiful….and I will treasure it.
Thank you my friends!
xoxo Mrs. Brouwer
My fourth grade artists recently brainstormed some of the many reasons that artists make art, including: to make money (!), to express yourself, to relax, and….to give as a gift.
Since we will soon be hosting students from Raey Guang Elementary, our sister school in Pingtung, Taiwan, we put our creative abilities to work and made these fun bookmarks to welcome our friends to Georgetown.
Our friends will be visiting over Halloween so they can experience this American holiday. We hope they enjoy our Halloween bookmarks!
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 hand project