Georgetown’s Art and Steam teachers collaborated on a very cool project.  Our Kinders and First graders were challenged in Mrs. Totten’s STEAM Studio to design and build their perfect paint brush.  (See the project in STEAM class here.) They thought about the kinds of marks they wanted to make with their brushes and created brushes that would dab, draw, and make different types of lines.

STEAM Brushes – ready to paint.

Their colorful brushes were put to the test in Mrs. Brouwer’s art class.  First grade artists created an abstract landscape with their newly built brushes.

First step – a little texture rubbing.

Step two – putting those brushes to work with paint!

A little black paint to outline – and beautiful landscapes by First Graders are complete.

Kindergarten artists were also excited to create with their STEAM brushes.  We explored the work of Eric Carle, and created a background of water for our darling Eric Carle inspired yellow ducks.

We wrapped up our Steam/Art Brush Project with a discussion about the brushes and how well they worked.  Our First Grade and Kindergarten students had some great ideas to improve their brushes, including using clothes pins to hold cotton balls on the brushes so they could change the cotton balls when they got gooey with paint.  Many wanted to go back to Steam class and figure out ways they could design ways to clean their brushes to re-use them, along with attaching more objects to the brush to make different painted lines.  This was a great thinking + creating project, with beautiful results!


Learning About the Micmac

Georgetown’s fifth graders have been learning about North American art and artists.  They explored the art of Phillip Young from New Brunswick, Canada.  Young, a member of the Micmac Fist Nations Tribe, combined new art techniques with traditional Micmac symbols and images to represent his family heritage in his art pieces.

Our artists created their work in the style of Young, learning two new painting techniques – sponge painting and scribing into wet paint with a special tool to create symbols and images.  Their circular central pieces were carefully painted with India Ink and include traditional Micmac designs and patterns, including images from nature and designs found on Micmac quillwork baskets.

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Learning goals:

* Identify traditional Micmac First Nations symbols and art

* Learn and use two painting methods: sponge painting and scribing into wet paint

* Create a heritage piece in the style of Phillip Young