Gone Fishin’

Georgetown second grade artists have completed one of my favorite new projects..ever!

They created these sweet little clay fishies and carefully glazed them with beautiful patterns.  Each child made three fish, adding interesting texture by pressing pasta into the wet clay.

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search Norman Rockwell “The Fishing Trip”

After learning a little bit about the famous American artist Norman Rockwell, who illustrated several magazine covers with fish related images, students created a “fish paper” background, strung their fish using a tricky slip knot, and placed them on the background for display.  Fun fact – we used sepia paint to make the fish paper look “antique”.  Sepia paint used to be made with a brownish pigment gathered from the ink sacs of…wait for it…cuttlefish!

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Shhh…Mother’s Day is this Sunday!

My first grade artists are finishing up a special Mother’s Day project.  They are so excited to sneak their artwork home and hide it until May 13th!

We began by looking at the art of the great American artist Norman Rockwell, learning that Rockwell often told a humorous story through his art. First Graders created a little story about their Moms as they illustrated their newspaper, tying in to Rockwell’s ilustrations for the Saturday Evening Post.

Norman Rockwell – The Runaway

During the next class we created our flowers for Mom – beautiful lilac paintings that were carefully painted with just one little finger dipped in purple paint.  And finally – a beautiful name tag and ribbon wrap-up.  Happy Mother’s Day, lucky Georgetown moms of first graders!