Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jamestown Elementary Art Room Kick Off!

We are so excited to kick off another great year of art and creativity here in Hudsonville and have been having a blast welcoming back all of our great little artists! We have so many exciting projects planned and look forward to sharing them with our students. Our curriculum is full of experimentation with different materials, learning about historical famous artists (and some contemporary ones), reviewing the art elements and principles of design, and being introduced to our 2015-2016 cultural focus this year: Asian Art!

At Jamestown Elementary, we are kicking off the year with a book called "Only One You!" In addition to great lessons about how we are each unique and about students making good choices, it has some fantastic illustrations!


Each student and staff member are working on their contribution to our school-wide mural that is inspired by the book, "Only One You!" It was inspired by this mural:

Learning Goals: 
*Students will review/learn about murals.
*Students will review/learn about the art elements of: line, shape, color, texture, as well as the art principle of pattern.
*Students will work together to assemble the mural.
*Each student will create a unique fish to contribute to the mural.

We look forward to the creativity and unique creations that this year holds!


  1. I love this idea. Thank you for sharing. I will do it with my first graders!

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  3. Great projects! My question is how do you find the room to post and write all the steps to every project you teach k-5 ?

    1. We teach 3 classes in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. We have a whiteboard at the front of our room and we fill it with 3 lists. One for each class as you see in the photo above for 2nd grade. Sometimes it is tight but if we have to erase the prior class' instructions and use that space, sometimes we just do that. Or lay images over the top of the other classes' directions and try to not erase them in the process.

      I find it to be essential for kids to hear the directions, see them performed and then to have them written out on the board for later reference. Helps so much with them not asking me redundant questions.

      Good luck!