Imaginary Trees

Third grade artists are reviewing some of the skills and techniques they learned this year, including overlapping and color blending, while creating these creative imaginary trees.

They also got to work on their “art critique” skills as they examined and discussed several works of art featuring trees and landscapes.  Their favorite part of the critique was deciding what pieces were their favorite (and least favorite!) and explaining their decision.

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More Art Room Celebrations!

As the school year winds down, we are recognizing and celebrating the work of a few more Georgetown artists.

Kiara’s “Winter Trees” art piece will be featured in 2015 during School Board Recognition month.  Her work will be displayed in the board meeting room and enjoyed by our school board members.  Congrats, Kiara!


Two Georgetown masterpieces will also be on loan for the upcoming school year for display at our Administration Building.  Congratulations to Siri and Zach – your artwork is framed and looks fabulous over at the Admin building!

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Great job, Georgetown artists!



A Few More….

Well everyone, we are finishing our last selections for the 14th Annual HPS District Art Show.  Here are our most recent masterpieces – congratulations, artists!

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Check here for more art show information!  Hudsonville Art Program

Mona Lisa Gets All Gussied Up

Third grade artists have been learning about the art the famous Leonardo DaVinci.  DaVinci is part of our third grade curriculum, and we’ve done many projects based on DaVinci in the past…see them here.   And here!  And even here!

This year we prettied up our Mona Lisa project, adding a crown and jewels.  And…ask a third grader if you want to learn the secret of those mysterious Mona Lisa eyes that seem to follow you everywhere!

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New Art Show Selections

Congratulations, Georgetown Artists!  Here are the latest selections for our 2013 HPS Student Art Show.  Thanks to our wonderful kindergarten art teacher, Mrs. Persch, for getting these masterpieces ready for the art show!


Australian Bark Paintings

Third grade artists wrapped up their study of Australia as they explored Australian bark painting.  They viewed Aboriginal cave paintings and learned that the hand print stencil found in many cave paintings can be a symbol of peace;  it is also used as a signature, to show that a person was in that place.

Third graders also viewed bark paintings and learned that the symbols and images found on traditional bark paintings are similar to Aboriginal cave paintings.  While we would have liked to use real bark from the Australian stringybark tree for our bark paintings, we settled for brown Kraft paper and decorative sticks from Mrs. Brouwer’s front yard!


The Coolamon Bowl Story

Third grade artists began their study of the culture of Australia and New Zealand by learning about a traditional Aboriginal ceremony.  The Aboriginal people show respect for another’s language, country, and ancestors by performing a special smoking ceremony.  Fragrant eucalyptus leaves are burned in a special bowl, called a coolamon.  The smoldering leaves are used to cleanse the air while participating in the ritual.

After reading Why I Love Australia by Australian illustrator and artist Bronwyn Bancroft, my students were inspired to create their own interpretation of the smoking ceremony, complete with the special coolamon bowl.  Third grade artists also noticed the use of painted dots in Bancroft’s art, and they spent two class periods just making beautiful dots with the handle end of their paintbrushes.

Here are some of our Aboriginal inspired pieces – more can be found on our Artsonia on-line art gallery.



And a final collage – couldn’t resist!