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.

Square 1 Art!!!

Our students are so excited about having the opportunity to participate in Square 1 Art again this year! It is a program where each child designs a square artwork, sends it to the Square 1 Art company, and then this company prints each child's work onto a whole sheet of professional looking stickers with that child's art on it! The best part is that EVERY child receives these stickers for FREE!

When these stickers come home, they will be accompanied by an order form. Families have the option of ordering other wonderful products with your child's artwork on it. These products make shopping for Grandmas, Grandpas, Moms and Dads easy! With the holidays coming up, it feels good to know that you could have a few things crossed off the shopping list already.

Proceeds of this fundraiser go to making our art program here at Jamestown even more amazing. Thank you for your support!

Check out some of the wonderful products that are available at the Square 1 website below:

Some 4th grade finished artworks:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's a New Year of Art!

Welcome to another exciting year of art at Jamestown Elementary!  We are anticipating another fantastic year of creating art with our students.  This year, the elementary art students at HPS will be learning about the art of Native Americans, Inuits and Eskimos, and Early American Settlers.  We will study the characteristics that make these types of artwork unique, as well as linking them to our knowledge of art elements and principles.

At Jamestown, our students will be working on projects such as Navajo blankets, Native American portraits, teepees, adobe houses, totem poles, jewelry, and dream catchers.   

Monday, May 19, 2014

5th Grade Pop Art

5th Grade Pop Art

Last week, 5th graders learned about the pop art movement and the artist Roy Lichtenstein whose art was inspired by comics. We read a book about Roy and learned how he experimented with many different kinds of art but his sense of humor and precise style of painting made him most well-known for his comic strip paintings. He would often use word bubbles and expressions that looked like something you would see in a cartoon. He used benday dots to create a pixelated style. The students were interested in the concept of pop art because it deals with themes of media and pop culture! We discussed what Roy might paint about if he was still painting today like Oreos or The Justice League! 

Final products!

2nd Grade Rousseau Jungle Collages

2nd Grade Rousseau Jungle Collages

Last week, the 2nd graders finished their jungle collages! Their artwork was inspired by the artist Henri Rousseau who loved painting jungle scenes from his imagination. We read a book about Rousseau and learned about his life and the history of his art work. During this project, we started off each every class by filling in the definition of collage on the board: "Using many art materials to create one piece of art!" The second graders were masters of collage by the end of this project as they practiced drawing, coloring, painting, cutting, and glueing to make their masterpieces!

Marisol hard at work!