Art Review Time

We’ve been doing a little fun review of art elements and concepts as third and fourth graders wrap up their final projects.

Third graders divided their paper into triangles using masking tape, drew patterns with crayons, and painted with watercolors.  They finished up by gently peeling away the masking tape, brainstorming everything they could remember about art with their friends, and writing about art in the taped spaces.

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It was such fun to read these pieces!

Fourth grade artists created realistic drawings of their hands (ok, I let them trace their hands, but the details including rings, fingernails, and shading were a big challenge!)  They drew and illustrated the art elements and attached them to a wristband…fun!

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Kindergarten Paul Klee Paintings

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Kindergarten artists learned about the Swiss painter Paul Klee. They viewed his painting entitled “Castle and Sun” and discovered that he liked to use many shapes in his paintings. After identifying geometric shapes in the painting, the Kindergarteners created their own castles  and suns using the same shapes.

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Kindergarten artists learned they can print shapes using every day objects like cardboard and cups. After the shapes were printed and dried, they added color using watercolor paints.




Learning Goals –

I can learn about the artist Paul Klee.

I can print geometric shapes using everyday objects.

Fourth Grade Falling Leaves

Fourth grade artists combined their art and poetry skills to create these beautiful fall-inspired paintings.

They began with a sky-blue background, dabbing the watercolor paint with a tissue for added texture.

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They traced leaves and added color with watercolor pencils.

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Their beautiful leaf paintings were tied in to our cultural focus for the year, the study of Asian art.  We read the lovely book “One Leaf Rides The Wind” and learned about the art of writing Japanese Haiku poetry.

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Fourth graders wrote wonderful fall-inspired poetry and added their writing to their leaf paintings.

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I Can:

Show Movement with careful placement of objects and color

Manipulate watercolor and watercolor pencils with success

Write a Japanese Haiku


See more of our Falling Leaf artwork at our Artsonia On-Line Art Museum!


News From The G-Town Art Room

It has been a busy first two weeks in the Georgetown Art Room!  All grades began with a project that reviewed the all-important art element of LINE as they embellished the first letter of their names.

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We’ve been learning and reviewing Art Room routines and rules to help us keep our room and materials neat and organized.

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Mrs. B. does enjoy a nice neat supply basket!

And…we started some fun projects!


Fourth and Fifth graders assembled their new sketchbooks.

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Third graders began some beautiful scientific drawings.


Second graders reviewed warm colors and painted a watercolor sunset.

And First grade…well, we used rulers to draw wonderful straight lines for our Picasso project.  Mrs. B. was way too busy with this project to take any pictures, believe me!  More later on that one!

Drop by next week for a look at our finished projects – they will be beauties.


Kindergarten Paul Klee Cats

The Kindergarten artists have been busy learning about the Swiss painter, Paul Klee. Paul Klee’s paintings were very childlike with bright colors like the color he saw when he visited Africa.

IMG_2428                                        His famous painting entitled Cat and Bird was the inspiration for this project.


After drawing their cat and bird, Kindergarteners chose bright watercolors to add color. They finished their paintings by using a very small paintbrush to outline their lines with black paint. Awesome job Kindergarteners! You have really brightened our hallways at Georgetown.

2nd Grade Tigers


After learning about the life and art of Henri Rousseau, 2nd graders at Georgetown created these ferocious tigers in the style of Rousseau.  They learned that Rousseau liked to paint jungle scenes with wild animals even though he had never been to the jungle or had ever seen a wild animal. First the artists drew the tiger and painted it. Then they painted and cut out flowers and leaves to create a jungle scene. These tigers turned out great even though none of these artists had ever been to the jungle either!



See more of our ferocious tigers at our Artsonia On-Line Art Gallery!

There are lots of tiger projects out there on art blogs – we’d like to thank Alum Creek Elementary School’s Artsonia page for our project inspiration! See their page here.


What’s New in the Art Room

We are busy starting new projects….and finishing up some pieces for display in our hallways.  First grade artists continued exploring pattern and got to do a little painting as they created these fun pattern fish.  They found out that a fish is pretty easy to draw, too!

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Third grade artists learned about two important American artists – “Action Jackson” Pollock and the creator of the Blue Dog series, Louisana artist George Rodrigue.  Their colored pencil dogs are framed with our version of a Jackson Pollock drip painting, created with string dipped in paint.  They really enjoyed the painting process; to quote one of my third graders: “This was the best project ever!”

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Painting in the style of Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm”.

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Parents…this “Blue Dog” project can be found on our Artsonia on-line art gallery.  Students have also written artist statements about their work, so be sure to check them out!



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.