Fresh From the Art Room….

We are finishing up some great projects in our art room!  Fourth graders have been revisiting a favorite artist, Faith Ringgold – and have created these beautiful self-portraits.  My favorite part of this project is reading what they wrote about themselves below their portraits – such a fun way for me to get to know them all a little bit better!  (click on the images to see what they wrote!)

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First graders have completed a little pattern project – Beetle Bop Bugs.  This project gave them a chance to show Mrs. Brouwer their direction following and cutting skills…not to mention getting to use those fancy paper punches!  First graders learned that the paper punch can be a little tricky to use!

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Second grade artists have been looking at the sunflowers painted by Vincent Van Gogh as they created their own beautiful sunflowers.


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IMG_0019  We love these new Crayola crayons…so many beautiful colors all rolled in to one fancy twistee crayon.

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Parents….the 1st grade Beetle Bop project and the 2nd grade Sunflowers are in Georgetown’s ARTSONIA on-line art gallery – visit the gallery HERE.

The Button Project

Georgetown artists in grades 1-3 began their first project of the school year with a fun little line, shape, and color review – The Button Project.  Their designs began with a button or fuzzy pom-pom of their choice; they then created a radial design using lines and shapes around their buttons and pom-poms.  Check out their fabulous designs!


The button project was inspired by a project from the blog Fine Lines – see it here. 

Clay Tiles

My sweet second graders are really excited to finally take their clay tiles home.  This project was part of our Middle Eastern culture study – we looked at images of the beautiful tiles found in shrines in Iran and learned about radial symmetry before creating our own tiles.

Tile Work – Iran

Glazed tiles waiting for gold wire and sparkly beads.

  All the lovely beads – ready to add to our tiles!

Finished tiles, ready to take home and hang!

Valentine’s Day Projects

Last week’s snow days off – lovely as they were – have really made a jumble of the art room schedule.  I’ve got kids in all different stages of many projects, which makes me a little bit frizzled.  So some of my kiddos who are way ahead of the other classes have been doing some fun little Valentine projects while the other classes catch up.  They are having a blast and I’m enjoying chilling with them a bit too!

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Surprisingly, these goofy Love Bugs created by First and Second grades were their favorite!

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Caterpillar and Fly Love Bugs – and the artist is pretty cute too!

New Art Show Selections

Here are the most recent selections for our upcoming Hudsonville Student Art Show, scheduled for April 25-28, 2011.  Keep scrolling, there are a bunch of beautiful pieces!  Congratulations, artists!

Kindergarten Penguin First Grade PicassoFirst Grade Picasso First Grade Picasso Second Grade Giraffe Second Grade Giraffe Second Grade Giraffe Second Grade Giraffe First Grade Kente Cloth First Grade MonkeyThird Grade Green DogThird Grade Self PortraitThird Grade African MasaiThird Grade African MasaiFourth Grade CalderFourth Grade CalderFourth Grade CalderFourth Grade CalderFourth Grade CalderFifth Grade LandscapeFifth Grade LandscapeFifth Grade LandscapeFifth Grade Landscape

Second Grade Giraffes

Second Grade artists have been working on these oh-so-cute giraffes this week.  We drew them with big permanent markers and added color to the giraffe with chalk, rubbing it in with a q-tip (this was way more fun than using our fingers!).  We added a blue chalk background, rubbing it in with a cotton ball, and bits of raffia for the giraffe’s mane.

This project was our introduction to this year’s  African culture unit – but the giraffes were so much fun, we may do them again next year too!

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I switched it up with my second group of kiddos, and we did a watercolor background – I think I like the contrast between the chalk and watercolor better.

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Warm/Cool City Scapes

Second grade artists are wrapping up their review of color with a warm/cool city scape painting.  They spent one class exploring architecture and created fabulous detailed drawings, creating depth by overlapping their buildings.  Then they made a choice – cool colors for their city, or warm colors.  The results are beautiful.

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