Sunday, April 16, 2017


The 17th Annual HPS Student Art Show is finally here!  We invite you stop by the Hudsonville City Hall to view some of the most amazing work created by our student artists.  The show runs from April 17- 26 and is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM with special artist receptions from 5:30-7:30 each evening.

Here's a sneak peek....see you soon!

2017 HPS District Art Show

Monday, March 27, 2017

6th Grade Students have been hard at work creating Monster Pots.  Each student explored, planned and is building a different monster... Here are some shots of some in progress and some nearly finished. Be sure to check back on the Middle School pages to see the finished creatures!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Forest Grove and Bauer Elementary: The Scream

The Scream

Fourth grade used the program "Acorn" to create their own versions of "The Scream," by Edvard Munch!

Acorn is a simplified (and somewhat glitchy) version of Photoshop. It is great to use with older elementary students because it is so close to Photoshop.

Learning Goals: I can...
- Create a file in Acorn that is US Letter sized
- Use Google Drive to download "The Scream" from a shared folder
- Use Preview to open "The Scream" and to pick colors from the original artwork "The Scream"
- Use Acorn tools and modify size and opacity: Paint brush, bucket, smudge, eraser, eyedropper
- Use Photo Booth to take a picture and insert it into Acorn
- Use layers and change visibility
- Convert Acorn file to JPEG
- Drop JPEG into a shared google folder to submit it.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

4th and 5th Grade Op Art

It's great to be back. The day really flies by when working with the 
kids in art. The first and last project of the day has been a fun one with 4th and 5th grade learning about optical illusions and tricking the eye with the use of depth perception, pattern, lines, and pushing value with their shading. 

As the 5th and 4th graders are finishing up their Op art project they are really getting into it! They are having a fun time posing for a photo that they will use to complete their optical illusion. They have really been taking pride in their work as they finish their art projects. I can't wait to see all the pieces come together!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Fifth Grade Snazzy Snowflakes

I am soooo in love with these snowflakes created by Georgetown’s 5th grade artists.  This began as a quick project to fill in between some longer projects that we were finishing up.  Little did I know how beautiful they would all turn out. Every single one is amazing!
It all began with these giant stencils...what to do with them?

Add markers – and a whole lot of 5th grade creativity – and WOW.

Our 5th grade boys are cool dudes…but not too cool to create some amazing snowflakes.

Did I already say how much I love these snowflakes?  I do.  I really do!  Nice job, 5th graders – you are incredible artists!

See more of Georgetown's snazzy snowflakes at our ARTSONIA on line art gallery HERE.
Project Goals: 
I can identify color schemes (warm/cool, complementary, rainbow, analogous)   
I can use mindful marker techniques to create a unique snowflake design  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Third Grade Folk Art Trees

Third Grade artists at Park elementary have been really getting into their paintings this fall. They learned about the Artist Heather Galler and are in the process of painting their own folk art style tree.

They noticed one of her trees were mostly warm colors and made connections with the great autumn colors were are seeing in Michigan right now. They also saw flowers painted in her trees which we all love seeing flower blossoms on our trees in the spring as well.

They are really free to explore painting with different tools and making different kinds of marks and designs.

The various tools of choice include cotton swabs, sticks, paint brushes, and fingers! They they are learning many different techniques and are free to express themselves within their tree's patterns and designs along with the other things they chose to add in their landscape. Some students painted a home, barn, church, bird or dog. Folk artists paint things that they are familiar with and tell more about the artist.

 Folk artists may have some art background as our students do from our art special but have not been formally trained beyond grade school. We have some pretty impressive folk artists at Park Elementary and they really take great pride in their work!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kindergarten Texture Spiders

Kindergarteners know lots of cool things about spiders!  We talked about spiders that jump, what spiders eat for lunch (flies, of course), and counted how many legs a spider has.  We read Eric Carle’s “The Very Busy Spider” and made some awesome fuzzy spiders.
Kindergarten artists learned about the art element of texture as they created their spooky spiders.  After they were given their fabric spider bodies, Kinders used their weekly vocabulary word describe to tell each other the texture they could feel on their spider bodies.  They were excited to think up new “feels like” words including fuzzy, soft, furry, squishy, and even the scratchy texture on the underside of their fabric.
Kinders followed many directions to cut spider eyes and fangs, and loved folding and rolling paper to make fancy spider legs.  They made sure they were not “glue monsters” as they glued their spider parts using “just a dot, not a lot”.

I CAN: describe texture, use scissors correctly, use careful glueing skills
Special thanks to Tina for the fabulously furry spider idea!
See more Kindergarten Texture Spiders on our ARTSONIA website!