October 2015 News from Honey Creek Art


Welcome to another year of Art at Honey Creek. I am delighted to be in my third year working in our great school. I am looking forward to investigating art history, writing about and discussing art, and of course, making art with your children. If you have any questions or comments, please email me (Sarah Van Loo) at svanloo@hc.wash.k12.mi.us.


Recently, I sent home permission slips for Artsonia, the online museum that we use to publish student artwork. These permission slips only went home to parents and guardians of students who do not already have permission to have work published on Artsonia.

Artsonia is a fun and safe way to view and share student work. Artwork is only published for students who have permission, and it is only published using a first name – no last names are ever published. Once you have a parent account, you can view your student’s art, share it with family members, make comments (moderated by parents), and even buy gifts featuring your child’s work.

20% percent of the sales of gifts comes back to the school to be used for art supplies. Sales are anonymous, so there is never any pressure to buy; however, I have received very positive feedback from families that they enjoy being able to buy gifts for family members. One parent even bought a tee shirt for her daughter featuring her own artwork. What a cool idea!

If you would like to check out our Artsonia gallery, go to https://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=48267

If you’d like to sign your child up for Artsonia, but didn’t get a permission slip, please email me: svanloo@hc.wash.k12.mi.us.

K/1 Art Classes

Our youngest students are working on a series of exercises in which they are beginning to learn about the elements of design, starting especially with color, line and shape. They’re currently reviewing warm and cool colors and learning some art techniques, such as wax resist using oil pastels and tempera paint.

2/3 Art Classes

The 2/3s are beginning a unit on landscape in which they are learning the basic elements of Western landscapes. They will be painting their own landscapes, mixing and experimenting with color. For example, students will not get green paint to make their landscapes, but will experiment with a variety of blues, yellows and other hues to make their own perfect grass color.

4/5 Art Classes

During the month of October, 4/5 students will examine and discuss the abstract collages of Henri Matisse, while learning a bit about the life of this famous artist. They will then make their own abstract collages.

Middle School Base Art Classes

Over the past few weeks, Middle School students have taught each other about all of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Using the information that they learned, they will each make an accordian book of all the Elements and Principles, which they will be able to refer to throughout the school year.

Middle School Art Elective

This semester in Art Elective, we are going to make projects using a variety of materials. We began the semester by drawing outside in nature. Currently, students are making bowls from recycled magazines. Later, we will do some fiber arts, possibly weaving or knitting or crocheting.


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