O’Keeffe Flowers

Georgetown’s 5th Grade artists have finished up their O’Keeffe flowers, and their completed pieces are stunning!  We focused on the art elements for this project, and the 5th graders were amazed to see how many important art elements were included in their flower paintings.

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After viewing O’Keeffe’s “Red Poppy”, 5th graders filled their picture space just like O’Keeffe did, and used a warm/cool color palette to paint their flowers.  Their final step – adding black glue lines – really made these beauties POP!

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See more of our O’Keeffe flowers at our Artsonia Gallery!

New Winter Art Projects from G-Town

The blustery cold weather has inspired our Georgetown artists to create some fun “wintery” projects.  We are also starting our study and review of color, and these projects are reinforcing our understanding of color families such as primary and secondary colors, and  warm/cool colors.

First grade artists are working on these nice warm/cool holiday trees.

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Second grade artists are finishing up some awesome grinches, focusing on shading and warm/cool color combinations.

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Third graders are enjoying exploring different color families as they create these colorful candy canes!

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Fourth and Fifth grade artists created visual interest with line, shape, and color as they created their Nutty Nutcrackers.

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Parents…these projects can be found on our on-line art gallery, ARTSONIA.

Kudos to these fellow art teachers for our project inspiration:

Candy Canes – The Clever Feather ; Geometric Trees – Liberty Christian Academy via Artsonia


Winter Landscapes

Ask a third grade Georgetown artist about landscapes….I’ll bet they can tell you all about how to create a beautiful landscape!   They may tell you about the foreground, middle ground, and horizon line…or about using warm and cool colors to emphasize different parts of the picture, and maybe even how to choose the right brush when painting a watercolor landscape.  Here are their recent winter landscapes – more can be found in our Artsonia Online Art Gallery.



This project was inspired by a post on the blog “First Grade ONEderful” and the work of artist Ted Harrison.


Winter Penguins

After reading Penguins by Liz Pichon, Kindergarten artists created their own penguins with crayons and watercolor. In the story the penguins in the zoo find a camera and use it to take pictures of themselves. The camera gets returned to the owner and has many pictures of penguins on it. The students created pictures of their penguins in different poses. These projects can also be found on Artsonia here.

Picasso’s Christmas Trees

Georgetown’s second grade artists finished up this final project before Christmas break.  My smart second graders impressed me by recalling concepts that we learned as first graders – warm and cool colors, cubism, and even the famous artist, Pablo Picasso.  And since they were learning how to use rulers in their classroom, second graders had some good tips to share about holding their rulers down as they drew their lines to divide up their Picasso Trees.


Thanks to the “Kids Artists Blog” for this project idea, my kids enjoyed it!



The Blob Project

Georgetown’s 5th grade artists are completing this beautiful project – and I’m liking it!  As the school year winds down, I look for ways to use up opened materials and odd-shaped leftover paper,  AND ways to keep my antsy summer-break-ready students engaged.  The Blob Project worked beautifully!

First we used up some old watercolors, creating paint blobs and spatters on some long 6″ x 36″ heavy drawing paper, also left from another project.  We reviewed warm and cool colors, put on some nice slow music, and the room was amazingly quiet as students dripped and spattered their paints.

During the next class, we used black tempera paint thinned with a little water to create flowers, butterflies, and swirls.  The watercolor blobs were our inspiration, and my 5th graders enjoyed just painting and letting the blobs guide their choices.  The results – beautiful!


This project is adapted from an old Arts And Activities Magazine article, shown here.

First Grade Snowmen

First Grade artists have been working on a fun little snowman project.  Last week we drew our skinny snowmen with tall hats and painted the background – reviewing our warm and cool colors of course!  This week we read a favorite snowman book – Beuhner’s  “Snowmen at Night”; colored some great patterns on our scarves and hats, and finally – a little printmaking with bottle caps and tempera paint for the snowflakes.

Thanks to Mrs. Jackson’s Art Room for this cool project idea!

First Grade Picassos

First graders have been learning about Pablo Picasso and cubism this week.  They’ve had great fun talking about Picasso’s portraits that show many views of the face at the same time.

We created our own Picasso portraits, and included a review of warm, cool, and neutral colors as we painted our portraits.

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The final step was to go over all of our lines with black oil pastel so our shapes would pop out.  This turned out to be the most difficult step – those lines kept hiding, and Mrs. Brouwer kept sending everyone back to find one more line!

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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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