Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fifth Grade Flower Paintings

Georgetown 5th grade artists explored the art of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.  Their large flower paintings in the style of O’Keeffe are beauties!
 They began by identifying the art elements that O’Keeffe used to create her large “Red Poppy” painting. We discussed organic shapes, texture, line, value, color, and of course…"filling space in a beautiful way" like O’keeffe.
O'Keeffe - Red Poppy

Their finished pieces are painted with tempera paints and black glue was used for line and detail.

Learning Targets: Identify art elements used in O’Keeffe’s work; retell two facts about O’Keeffe; create an art piece that fills the picture space.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Middle School: Value Studies

7th grade students have been studying how to use value in their art.  Each student chose an animal they'd like to draw/paint.  Using a grid system, they drew their animal.  Painting has started...stay tuned for final artworks....

Friday, October 13, 2017

High School: Art Hall Of Fame

This year we started a new Hudsonville High School Hall of Fame.  Each year we will be selected 3-4 artists to be professionally displayed outside the Freshman Campus Auditorium.  These are art students who exhibit leadership in the art classroom and unique command of skills and techniques with various materials and media over their four year tenure.  A piece of their art work will be permanently displayed along with their name and graduating year.  Below are some of the art pieces you can come see displayed at our Freshman Campus.  Who knows.... maybe you or your student will be our next hall of fame inductee.
Kiera Holst 2016
Josh Haynes 2017

Nicole Wetzel 2017

Hadley Stoub 2017
Brianna Geelhoed 2017

High School: Macro Photography

Before students jump into the world of photoshop and photography, I have my students take a day to go outside and explore their cameras. The fist setting that I introduce them to is the macro setting. Another word for macro is close-up. Students were required to take a variety of macro shots. They then used these photos to help them learn some of the basic skills in photoshop. Students had to work with adjusting the levels to work with contrast, changing a photo to black and white, cropping a photo, and also taking a photograph, selecting one area of it and making part of it color and the other part black and white. Here are a few examples of what the students were able to do this trimester.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


The HPS Art Student ARTPRIZE entry is installed and open for voting!  Please take a few minutes to visit our entry, "You Be You" and VOTE for our students!

Website -
Vote code - 66018

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shhh... We've Been Keeping a Big Secret.....

It is time to let you know what the HPS Art Teachers have been up to!  Drum roll please….every single Hudsonville art student will have an art piece on display in this fall’s ARTPRIZE NINE.  You heard it right – our students will have group project entered in ArtPrize, the international art competition that takes place in downtown Grand Rapids every fall.  This year’s ArtPrize runs from September 20 – October 8.  Read more about ArtPrize here.
So, what are we going to enter?  Our project is the brainchild of two of our amazing art teachers, Maggie Bandstra (Alward Elementary) and Celine Nienhouse (South Elementary).  Inspired by a project and book titled “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, Maggie and Celine will have us all painting ROCKS!
We are really excited to tell you that Maggie and Celine have secured an AMAZING venue for our youth project – the Devos Place Convention Center!
Follow these links for our ArtPrize “You Be You” entry and for more information on the Devos Center: You Be You   Devos Convention Center

Get ready to vote for our ArtPrize entry – number 66018!
The HPS Art teachers are really looking forward to this upcoming project. HUGE thanks to Maggie and Celine for getting over 6,000 rocks donated and delivered, and for securing one of the best ArtPrize venues available for our display.  Special thanks to author Linda Kranz for generously approving our project, and to Jessica Moyes at Sharon Elementary for the project inspiration.
We’ll keep you posted as the project continues!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Date Is Set!

The date is set for our 2018 District Art Show!  Hudsonville’s Student Art Show includes fabulous student masterpieces from grades PK through 12.
2018 District Art Show
4/23/18 through 5/01/18
Hudsonville City Hall, Lower Level
Open Daily 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Evening Artist Receptions 5:30-7:30 PM 
Here's a final look at our April 2017 District Art Show - Enjoy!