Winter Starry Night

Second grade artists have been learning about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh.  They learned how Van Gogh created movement in his Starry Night painting by using short brushstrokes and lines to show the wind blowing and the stars glowing.

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Second graders used the same technique to show movement in their own winter starry night paintings.

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They were excited to add a bit of glittery sparkle to their stars and moon!

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After looking at Dutch architecture and examining Van Gogh’s village in his painting, they finished up their winter paintings with cut paper buildings, focusing on overlapping to create depth and interest in their villages.

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I Can: understand and create the art principle of movement; use overlapping to create depth; carefully cut and glue (no glue monsters!)

Parents – wouldn’t these make beautiful Christmas cards?  Find your child’s artwork on our ARTSONIA website and create beautiful holiday gifts using their original art pieces!

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.

Second Grade Sunflowers

Second grade artists have been looking at the work of Vincent Van Gogh and his sunflower paintings.  They are finishing up these fun sunflowers – with a twist!  Zebra print stems and bright neon colors really jazz up these springy flowers.

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Georgetown sunflowers – adding some snazzy polka dots

 

Second Grade Starry Nights

Second Graders are finishing up a big Van Gogh Starry Night project.  After examining many Van Gogh pieces, they created a Van Gogh village filled with Dutch architecture and “wedding cake” houses – the roof lines looked like wedding cakes to my second graders!  We painted the starry night sky with tempera paint, painted and cut out our village, and….gorgeous Starry Nights.


 

Second Grade Sunflowers

My second grade artists created these beautiful sunflowers this week.  We looked at Van Gogh’s Vase of Sunflowers and focused on a single sunflower, using careful shading in oil pastel to create our work of art.

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We learned about shading and value last fall with our pumpkin project – my second graders remembered this and did a beautiful job shading the sunflower petals.

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second grade sunflowers Finishing touch – I hot-glued seeds in the centers.