Giant Georgias

Fifth Grade artists really loved their Georgia O’Keeffe project!  They learned that O’Keeffe liked to fill the picture space and work BIG.  They were also surprised to discover that O’Keeffe was often upset with her art instructors because they wanted her to follow their rules and create art the way they taught her….and O’Keeffe wanted to experiment with her art and do her own thing!

There was pure excitement in the room as they learned about their assignment: to find an object in the art room, sketch it in their sketchbook, and then…draw BIG.  It was fun to watch the process; some kids knew right away what they wanted to draw, and others experimented with several items until they were happy with their choice.  Others brought items in from home to make their own still life composition.  Check out their concentration as they begin their Giant Georgias!

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Their finished projects are fabulous – each student’s personality really shines through!

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O’Keeffe Flowers

Georgetown’s 5th Grade artists have finished up their O’Keeffe flowers, and their completed pieces are stunning!  We focused on the art elements for this project, and the 5th graders were amazed to see how many important art elements were included in their flower paintings.

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After viewing O’Keeffe’s “Red Poppy”, 5th graders filled their picture space just like O’Keeffe did, and used a warm/cool color palette to paint their flowers.  Their final step – adding black glue lines – really made these beauties POP!

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See more of our O’Keeffe flowers at our Artsonia Gallery!

Georgetown is Looking Spiffy!

Our floors are shined up and teachers have been busy getting their classrooms ready for a new school year.  I’m excited to tell you that we also have nine NEW pieces of student artwork that have been added to our permanent collection!  Our wonderful Mr. Rob has installed the pieces throughout our building – take a few minutes when you are visiting Georgetown and see if you can locate them!

Hint:  one of the largest pieces we’ve ever had framed, by Cotey S., is hanging in the cafeteria – you will be amazed at Cotey’s skill in creating a work of art in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.  (See more about our Georgia Project here.)

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Here are the rest of the newly framed pieces (sorry about the glare from the lighting – when you see the pieces in person, I promise they look FAB.)

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HUGE thanks to our amazing Georgetown PTC for funding our Permanent Collection at Georgetown – your support is truly appreciated!

 

Georgia O’Keeffe Meets the Zentangle

Georgetown’s 5th grade artists are working on a stunning project that I just can’t wait to display in the hallways!  We’ve been learning about the art of Georgia O’Keeffe and examining her beautiful large flower paintings.  We learned that O’Keeffe wanted people to really, really stop and look at her flower paintings, so she made the paintings large to draw their eyes in to the piece.  The zentangle flower in our 5th grade project does the same – we can’t stop looking at these beautiful flowers!  A lesson in mixing tints and creating value completed these zentangle flower pieces.

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Big thanks to Arteoscuola for this FABULOUS project – we loved it!

 

The Georgia Project

Fifth Grade artists have been learning about the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who was known for her large flower paintings.  This year we focused on her beautiful desert paintings that included bleached cow skulls.  Just like O’Keeffe, my 5th graders were intrigued to discover the beauty and life in the bleached bones.  I was surprised to learn that many of my students collect deer skulls and the bleached bones of smaller critters; several students brought in bones from their collections to share with their classmates.

Our study inspired these beautiful creations – skulls carefully drawn in pencil, gorgeous chalk landscapes, and carefully placed silk flowers to finish the “Georgia Project”.

 

O’Keeffe skull paintings – our inspiration!  We began with these beautiful pencil drawings.

  

Next step – chalk desert landscapes

Putting it all together – with carefully placed flowers.

   

Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to learn more about O’Keeffe!

See our O’Keeffe inspired chalk flowers created by 5th graders last year here.

Fifth Grade O’Keeffe Flowers

Fifth graders have been looking at the work of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe this week, and are finishing up large chalk flowers in the style of O’Keeffe.  Their flowers are stunning – they have really worked hard to carefully blend the flowers and make them fill their picture space, just like O’Keeffe did.

Final Fifth Grade Projects

As we enter our last week of school, my 5th graders are finishing up some final projects.  Here’s what we’ve been working on.

Georgia O’Keeffe flowers – we tried our hand at drawing some tiny O’Keeffe flowers instead of the huge ones that we usually create – they turned out like little jewels!

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Ojo de Dios (God’s Eyes) – my kiddos really enjoyed learning this stick weaving – every student want to make a second one, so we spent several class periods working on these.  The Ojo’s are an easy form of star weaving.  There are lots of websites that give examples and tutorials along with cultural information.

I pre-glued a bunch of popsicle sticks to make the weaving process smoother – after a quick demonstration, my kids really loved this project.

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Zentangles – this was actually our very first art project last fall.  See the introduction and information about Zengangles here.  Our Zentangles have been displayed in the art room this year – last week I (sadly) cut them apart and returned the individual Zentangles to my students.  Here’s a look at our Zentangle work.

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What We’re Reading in the Art Room

To celebrate World Read Aloud Day this Wednesday March 9, here are some of the books that we’ve enjoyed recently in the art room!

My first graders LOVE Pout Pout Fish – the illustrations are awesome and the story is sooo cute.

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Another fun book we’ve enjoyed is What Will Fat Cat Sit On? Just a goofy story but the cartoony animal drawings are really great.

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My kiddos also enjoy books about the artists that we are studying.   Three we’ve just finished:

Action Jackson – all about Jackson Pollock; My Name is Georgia, about Georgia O’Keeffe, and a new one to the art room, Sandy’s Circus – about Alexander Calder.

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And what does Mrs. Brouwer read in her spare time?  Here are two of my favorites – about artists, of course!

Luncheon of the Boating Party, a great read about Renoir and his life in France; and Vermeer – Girl With A Pearl Earring.

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