Monday, September 29, 2014

1st grade Scarecrow Portraits

First grade artists are practicing their knowledge of portraits by looking at a fall scarecrow! We colored them using fall colors and then added straw and buttons to make it into a textured collage.

4th Grade Edgar Degas and Figure Drawing

4th grade artists are learning about the art of Edgar Degas and how he did a lot of figure drawing. We are studying how to draw proportions of the human body correctly and to scale using mannequins and even real models! Students drew their own figures and are coloring around them using their choice of patterned color schemes.

Kindergarten "Pete the Cat" & Primary Colors

Kindergarten artists read the book "Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons." We used our skills at finding shapes to help us draw Pete then learned about Primary colors when we colored him.

You can also see the book's video and song here on youtube: We had fun dancing and singing along!

3rd Grade "Action Jackson"

3rd grade artists are learning about the Abstract Action Paintings of the artist Jackson Pollock! We created our own "action" paintings by blowing paint with straws (instead of throwing paint around our classroom like Jackson did). We also learned a bit about Jackson's life and work and reviewed rainbow order in our art.

On the back of our artwork, we add our "cheat sheet" or Art Critique where we can go to help us explain to our parents what we were learning about. It is also a great summative evaluation of our learning:

Here are a couple of books we read with some classes about the life and work of Action Jackson:

We also watched this youtube clip about Jackson while coloring:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Around our classroom...

Some of the topics of our art curriculum, the "building blocks" of good art: color families, the art elements

This is where each grade's learning goals are posted. This way, there is no guessing about what we are supposed to be learning about!

The "WHEEL OF ART!" A great tool to manage the volume in our classroom

Behavior Management Stoplight system if we need it

This year's cultural focus is the art of Mexico and South America!

In case you were wondering... "Why do we learn about art anyway?"

One of our Reward systems... The "Free Art Day Board!" 

Why art? Let us tell you.... :)

Each day, a different table has a different job in our class

The most important part of the art room. RESPECT yourself, RESPECT others, and RESPECT your school (property and such)

When I grow up, I want to be a........

Curriculum Overview (Provided at the Open House if you didn't get a chance to pick one up!)

Welcome to the Art Room!!!

We are excited to begin another year filled with fun, creativity, a lot of art production!

About Mrs. Teitsma:  I graduated in 2001 from Calvin College and have been teaching elementary art since 2003.  I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons, digital scrapbooking, photography, fishing and gardening.  

About Mrs. Worden:  I graduated in 2001 from Hope College and this will be my 13th year teaching elementary art.  A few of my favorite things include family time with my husband and twin daughters, scrapbooking, painting, playing the piano, and biking.


We will be beginning our school year with our annual school wide collaborative project which is titled “Jamestown Elementary: Reaching unique growth potential” With it, we will be starting the year off with a review of the art elements of line, shape, color, form, texture, value, and space. Throughout the year, many projects will be focused on giving children experiences with each of the above art elements. Upper grade levels also focus on art principles such as pattern, movement, balance, emphasis, unity, and movement. 

After this, each grade level will work on our annual rotating cultural month. This year’s focus is Native American Art. Each grade focuses on a different aspect of the culture’s art so that all students can be exposed to a variety of styles and concepts from that culture as they observe each other’s art displayed in our hallways. 

Art history is also a large component of our curriculum. Each grade level focuses on learning about the lives and work of historical as well as some contemporary artists. This year, each grade will be learning about the following artists: 

Kindergarten: Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Eric Carle, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Jim Dine
1st Grade: Gustav Klimt, Norman Rockwell, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali
2nd Grade: Henri Matisse, Faith Ringgold, Joan Miro, Henri Rousseau, Dr. Seuss, Vincent Van Gogh, Tom Otterness, 
3rd Grade: Frida Kahlo, Leonardo DaVinci, Jackson Pollock, Jim Dine, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, George Rodrigue
4th Grade: Diego Rivera, Heather Galler, Wassilly Kandinsky, Edgar Degas, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt
5th Grade: Chuck Close, Diego Rivera, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Georga O’Keeffe, Friedrich Hundertwasser

We also keep our curriculum lively by incorporating inspiration from literature and art careers for our art. Many of our projects are inspired from picture books, especially with our younger students. Also, all grades have projects that connect to art career choices such as: Graphic Design, Architecture, Fine Art, Art Education, Fashion Design, Entertainment Design, Photography, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Art Museum Director. 

Finally we try to have each grade level have experience a variety of materials and genres. Some genre choices include: portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, cartoons, realism, abstraction, and figure drawing. 

Classroom Expectations:
In art we have three main expectations for all students:
  1. Listening
  2. Respect
  3. Work Quietly

Contact Information:
Mrs. Teitsma: or 896-9375 x14405
Mrs. Worden: or 896-9375 x14405

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Jamestown Elementary: "Reaching our unique growth potential"


As always, this year on the first day of school, we began with an all school project that every grade level participated in. We created a mural of a tree where each student contributed their own uniquely patterned leaf to the branches. 

Our theme as a staff this year is: Jamestown Elementary: "Reaching our unique growth potential." 
As a tree grows, we grow each day, and we are all unique (just like our leaves). Our goal is to do our best and to reach our unique growth potential.