Welcome Back!

The South Elementary art blog has been on hiatus for two years but we are back in action! So much has happened in the last two years. We moved buildings, I started my masters degree in special education, and we WON the student art division of Art Prize last year!!!! Oh boy, have we been busy! Stay tuned to what we will be working on this year. Here is the art handout for the open house on August 21st for kinder and pre-k and August 22nd for 1st-5th grade.

Welcome the Art Room
About Mrs. Nienhouse:
This is my 12th year of teaching art! My husband and I have two beautiful daughters (twins- Scarlett and Violette)
that will be six years old in a few months. Our family loves to spend time on Mackinac Island and the craziest thing
I have ever done was going skydiving! I am currently working on my masters degree in Special Education at Grand
Valley State University. When I’m not too busy, I love to make my own art, read, and relax with my family. I can’t
wait to start creating some new art projects with all my South students!

Classroom Expectations:
In art we have three main expectations for all students:
• Be safe.
• Be responsible.
• Be respectful.

Throughout the year, many projects will be focused on giving children experiences with each of the
art elements of line, shape, color, form, texture, value, and space. Upper grade levels
also focus on art principles such as pattern, movement, balance, emphasis, unity, and movement.  All
Hudsonville art teachers also have an annual rotating cultural focus for the year. This year, students will be
able to learn about and create art inspired by Australia.

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: Piet Mondrian, Eric Carle
1st Grade: Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso
2nd Grade: Henri Matisse, Faith Ringgold, Vincent Van Gogh
3rd Grade: Leonardo DaVinci, Jackson Pollock, George Rodrigue
4th Grade: Wassilly Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Wayne Thiebaud
5th Grade: Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keeffe, Friedrich Hundertwasser

Finally, we work to give each grade level an experience with a variety of materials and art genre. Some
examples include: portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, realism, abstraction,
and figure drawing.
Please check out our website for updates on what’s happening in the art room!

Thank you!
Mrs. Nienhouse

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