A Look Back…and Forward

Hi all…here’s a look back at some fun projects that I didn’t get a chance to share with you this past fall.

Kindergarten Mr. Mondrians!

Giant Georgetown Turkey.  Gobble Gobble.

 Kinders – puttin’ a little glaze on their clay tree ornaments.

Fourth Grade Calder sculptures

What’s coming up in 2017?  Grades 2-5 are really, really, really excited to start their clay projects when we return from break.  Kinders and Firsties will be learning about color and doing some interesting color experiments and projects.  And everyone will be exploring this year’s Cultural Focus: Africa.

In the meantime….

See you soon!

From the GTown Art Room…

It’s been a busy first couple of weeks in our Georgetown art room!  Here’s a look at what we’ve done in the last 9 days since school began.

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Quarter circles – we put them together to make some fancy circles.

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We talked about three big Art Elements and read an awesome book – because we are all MAGNIFICENT artists!

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Kinders and Firsties drew their favorite things and made table tags to help Mrs. B. learn ALL their names!  Yikes, I have lots of leaning to do.

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Fourth and Fifth graders put new pages in their sketchbooks and did some drawing.

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Third graders described warm and cool colors and began a new watercolor project.

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Second graders began torn paper masks (mean Mrs. Brouwer took their scissors away and ugh, they had to TEAR the paper!).  No Glue Monsters allowed for this project!

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Kinders met Mr. Mondrian and practiced their cutting skills to create their own Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogies.

And Firsties began a cool Picasso project….but I was too busy to take pictures – more later.

Whew!  And that is just the first nine days folks!

 

Kindergarten Mini Mondrians

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At Hudsonville Public Schools, each elementary grade has at least three artists they are required to be introduced to. Kindergarten students learn about the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Mondrian is such a great artist for Kindergarteners to learn about because he painted with Primary colors and straight lines. He really liked horizontal and vertical lines. Kindergarteners at Georgetown Elementary created “Mini Mondrians” by using small squares of paper and gluing on strips of Primary colored construction paper. They glued four mini squares onto their large black square to create their project. Students were allowed to make an extra mini square to take home to show their family.

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See more Mini Mondrians at our ARTSONIA on-line Art Gallery!

Mondrian + Kandinsky = ABSTRACT ART!

Fourth grade artists have really been flexing their art muscles this month!  Their latest creations combine their understanding of the abstract art of Mondrian and Kandinsky, plus their recent study of color families, AND our school goal of improving number sense and fractions.  Whew!

After viewing work by Mondrian and Kandinsky, students discussed how both artists might have divided up their picture space as they created “Broadway Boogie Woogie” and “Several Circles No. 323”.

Broadway Boogie Woogie  Kandinsky-Several Circles

 

 

After folding their paper into halves, thirds, and quarters, students carefully planned where to place their lines and shapes to create a strong abstract composition.  Color was added after considering color families, and a printed border pulled their pieces together.  The final result?  Stunning!

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See more of our abstract pieces at our ARTSONIA on-line art museum!

New Year, New Projects

We are settling back in after Christmas break – and gearing up with new and exciting projects!

Kindergarten kiddos enjoyed learning about Mondrian this week, along with a review of primary colors, shapes, and lines.  We explored Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie and learned about horizontal and vertical lines.

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Here we are making our bodies into vertical lines….

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And horizontal lines!

Kindergarten Horizontal Lines

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And then it was our turn to create our own Boogie Woogie – we glued black construction paper lines to a 12×12 sheet of paper, and chose our 4 favorite colors to finish our Georgetown Boogie Woogies.

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