More for the Art Show!

Our annual HPS Student Art Show is coming up!  The show features over 700 works of art from grades K-12, including 100 masterpieces from Georgetown’s finest!

The show is held at the Hudsonville City Hall reception room and will run from April 20-28, 2015.  Georgetown artists will have a special reception from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, April 23rd.



Check out Georgetown’s latest selections for the art show below!

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Congratulations Artists!


Action Jackson Portraits

Third grade artists have been learning about the abstract work of “Action Jackson” Pollock.  We began by creating a background that resembled Jackson’s “thrown paint” pieces.  Our backgrounds were made by dipping string in paint and tapping the gooey string on the paper.  Lots of fun!

Action Jackson at work

Preparing the background for printing

Printing with string

Our portraits of Action Jackson are my third grader’s first attempt at drawing a realistic portrait, using drawing pencils and value shading with blending stumps.  My kiddos loved using the blending stumps and enjoyed creating a REAL portrait.

Completed  Action Jackson Pollock portraits.

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.


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.

Fat Cat

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.

PollockO'Keeffe Calder

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.

Boating Party Pearl Earring

Action Jackson Project

Third Grade artists began learning about “Action Jackson” Pollock this week.  We read Action Jackson by Greenberg and Jordan, and looked at several reproductions of Pollock’s action paintings.  Everyone was excited and energized by Pollock’s abstract expressionist paintings!

Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Pollock

So we got busy with our Action Jackson project by creating a textured background with warm color crayons.  This was a great review of warm colors as third graders sorted out the pink, orange, yellow, and red crayons for their texture rubbings.  Next week…string printing on the textured background!

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