Friday, November 9, 2018

Square 1 Art - Get Your Orders in!

Fun at Art Prize 10!

With the money won from winning last years ArtPrize "Youth Collaboration"  3rd graders got to go to Art Prize 10!

We had such a great time seeing all different kinds of art all around downtown Grand Rapids and even got to talk to some of the artists! It was such a hit we plan on making it a tradition.
Here are some photos from the chaperons capturing the 3rd graders with their favorite artwork. 
The String Project Which ended up being the $200K public vote winner. I really loved this series as well! You can read more about it here .

Friday, September 29, 2017

TOP 25 for ART Prize! Go Vote! Lets make it to the TOP 10!

Our students made it to the TOP 25!!

  ARTPRIZE Round 1 Voting is OPEN until Sunday, Oct 1! 

Please VOTE to get in the top 10!!! 

The HPS Art Student ARTPRIZE entry is installed and we are in the top 25!  Please take a few minutes to visit our entry, "You Be You" and VOTE for our students!

Website -
Vote code - 66018

HPS Art Location: DeVos Place Convention Center, (outside, along the river) 

Our rock fish are now in the top 25!!! 
It's time to vote for the top 10 now!!!

This collaborative art project is based on the book, Only One You, by Linda Kranz. It celebrates the uniqueness of each child within a larger “school of fish.” Each child’s brightly painted fish rock will join the “school of fish,” swimming together, and symbolizing our children entering the world. Altogether, around 6,000 rocks will be painted by Hudsonville art students in grades K-12. Stop out and enjoy the art!

Thanks to Linda Kranz for permission to enter this project in ArtPrize.
Thanks to Jessica Moyes at Sharon Elementary for the inspiration.
Thanks to Maggie Bandstra (Alward Elementary) and Celine Nienhouse (South and Forest Grove Elementary Schools) for securing our fantastic venue and coordinating the installation!

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!

Wednesday, November 2, 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 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!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

IKEA Soft Toy Drawing Competition

Enter now for a chance to turn your child’s drawing into a real soft toy!

We invite all children ages of 0-12 to draw their own soft toy. Children from all over the world are taking part in this competition and 10 lucky winners will see their drawings transform into real soft toys sold in IKEA stores next year.

Click here to submit a idea! 

Drawing Competition Submissions Close 10/30/2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Square 1 Art Projects!

Just about all of the grade levels have just finished their annual Square 1 Art projects. This year we had different themes for most of the grades. Not only did they review or start to learn some of the art elements and principles of design with this project they also got to learn about different styles of art and artists.

All students will be receiving a personalized order packet and a sheet of complementary stickers of their art from Square 1 Art. Please be on the lookout for these and expect to see them by the end of the first week of November. The order deadline is November 16 which is also conveniently the last night of parent teacher conferences. All ordered merchandise will arrive the week of December 5.  Personalized items with your children’s art can make great keepsakes, gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Square 1 Art is a fundraiser that helps supplement non-consumable items for the art room like books on artists and the various cultures we cover in our curriculum. I also hope to get a camera and another projector and screen for the art room with raised art funds. To learn more about Square 1 Art please feel free to explore their website here.

Here is a overview of what each grade is currently working on:
Kindergarten and 1st grade got to learn more about butterflies while they drew a cartoon styled butterfly. They worked hard on coloring in sides first then middle using “lawnmower lines” to fill in the middle. They also learned how to use the side of the crayon to try and make an airy texture in the background and add shadow to show the overlapping shapes.  

Second grade created their own impression of a sunrise after Claude Monet focusing on warm and cool colors and painted quick horizontal strokes to create the impression of a sunrise over a waterscape. They learned about silhouettes and noticed these shadowy shapes of boats and other objects in Monet's work. Our young artists had a fun time creating their own boat silhouettes in the water.
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Third grade learned about Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud (TEE-bo) and drew their own cupcake using overlapping, curved lines, texture and shading to try and really make it look three-dimensional. They also focused on patterns and repetition.

Wayne Thiebaud (B. 1920), Untitled (Cupcake). Oil and graphite on paper, image 5¼ x 4¼ in (13.3. x 10.8 cm), sheet 6⅞ x 8⅞ in (17.5 x 22.5 cm) Estimate $200,000-300,000. This lot is offered in Thiebaud from Thiebaud Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud on 29 September 2016 at Christie’s in New YorkImage result for Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud cupcake

Wayne Thiebaud (B. 1920), Untitled (Cupcake). Oil and graphite on paper, image: 5¼ x 4¼ in (13.3. x 10.8 cm), sheet: 6⅞ x 8⅞ in (17.5 x 22.5 cm) Estimate: $200,000-300,000. This lot is offered in Thiebaud from Thiebaud: Prints and Works on Paper from the Private Studio of Wayne Thiebaud on 29 September 2016 at Christie’s in New York You can see a great current video of him talking about his art at 95 years of age here and here is a link to the youTube video we watched when we started the project.

Fourth graders learned about realist artist Edward Hopper and created their own composition while learning about the parts of a landscape which are the foreground, middleground, background and horizon line. With mini-lessons they also learned about different techniques to create the illusion of form and deeper space with use of lines, textures, colors, and materials. They were then given creative freedom to use their choice of material and technique that would best express their own ideas and feelings they hope to portray.

Fifth graders learned how to draw a realistic red-eyed tree frog using all curved lines and lots of overlapping. They were challenged to trust the drawing process when guided during the drawing of the frog. When all the curved lines came together they were delighted and proud of their hard work. While still working in the style of Realism they later created the smooth texture of the frog with many layers of color and shading.

Last they were shown ways to use contrast and leading lines to make their frog the focal point in the final composition. Some use abstract designs to create contrast while others added cartoon accessories to add humor and personality, others choose to continue with a more realistic background. I love seeing all the creativity the students have when completing their art.