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Expanded Permanent Art Collection

Artist: Cotey; Inspired by Georgia O'Keefe
Artist: Cotey; Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe

Our floors are shined up and teachers have been busy getting their classrooms ready for a new school year.  We have also added nine NEW pieces of student artwork to our permanent collection!  Our wonderful Mr. Rob has installed the pieces throughout our building – take a few minutes when you are visiting Georgetown and see if you can locate them!

Hint:  One of the largest pieces we’ve ever had framed, by Cotey S., is hanging in the cafeteria – you will be amazed at Cotey’s skill in creating a work of art in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.  (See more about the Georgia Project here.)

To view the pieces of work that have hung, visit our ART BLOG.

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Art Leadership Awards: Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch


Georgetown Elementary School Art Program Ranks #9 in the State!

Josey Brouwer and Heather Persch, art teachers  our school, deserve to take a step out of the art room and into the spotlight!  Brouwer and Persch have been recognized by Artsonia – the world’s largest online kid’s art museum – for outstanding leadership in the area of Arts Education at Georgetown Elementary.  The school’s online art gallery – ranks #9 in the state.

The leadership awards presented to Heather and Josey honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in the area of technology integration within the school arts program.

While teachers in more than 100 countries showcase their student artwork on Artsonia, Heather and Josey have created a school community deserving of recognition.  During the 2012-2013 school year, the Georgetown Elementary School gallery showcased 2756 pieces of artwork.  This popular collection of art has been visited more than 7656 times and has received 207 comments from friends and family.

In addition, family members can purchase keepsakes imprinted with their child’s artwork, with Artsonia donating 20 percent of their annual product revenue back to the school art program.

Headquartered in Gurnee, IL, Artsonia is an online kid’s art museum providing free educational resources for kids, families, and schools.  Founded in 2000, Artsonia continues to integrate technology in the classroom, develop multi-cultural understanding through art and increase family involvement in children’s education.

Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch are already showcasing new student artwork for the 2013-14 school year – be sure to visit Georgetown’s online gallery   soon!

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Art Show 2013



I attended the GEORGETOWN ARTIST RECEPTION at the Hudsonville City Hall on Tuesday night and was once again stunned and amazed by the artwork that is produced in our district by our students, grades PK-12.

The Georgetown pieces, hung and displayed by our two art teachers, Mrs. Brouwer and Mrs. Persch, stood out among others because of their color, texture and creativity.  I was busy snapping photos and greeting artists, doing the best I could to congratulate everyone—but the crowds of people made it difficult to make it to all.  If I did not see you there, know that I saw your artwork and I am so proud and impressed of each of you!

Our art teacher, Mrs. Josey Brouwer had one of her pieces featured in the magazine Arts and Activities this month.  You can check it out in digital form…on page 15.

Mrs. Brouwer…featured on Page 15
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Spring has sprung…

Kindergarten Artist, Eva Latimer

…in our hallways!  Even though Mother Nature can’t decide what to do with our seasons, our kindergarteners announce spring with their big bold flowers!  Many thanks to their art teacher, Mrs. Persch, for this bright, bold and happy project that is reminding us all of the joys of spring.

*Remember our Art Show is being held this week at the Hudsonville City Hall.

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Our Online Art Museum: ARTSONIA

Artsonia is the worlds largest kids’ art museum….and Georgetown Elementary is now featuring our student artwork in the Artsonia On-Line Museum. You can visit our Georgetown Art Displays here.

Parents – your students will be bringing home a paper this week with special information about the Artsonia Student Art Museum, including the code and security key needed to access your childs’ artwork.

If you have questions about the Artsonia Art Museum, please contact Mrs. Brouwer through her school email:

We look forward to seeing you at the Museum and hearing how you like this online celebration of our artists!

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An Artfully Wonderful Summer

Even when Mrs. Brouwer is relaxing, art is a part of her life.  She has spent her summer working on various art pieces and also documenting the world around her with her camera.

Mrs. Brouwer and her husband have also explored different parts of our state during the summer months.  One of her favorite summer places to visit is our family cabin on Lake Leelanau.

They spent a nice long lazy week in July at a lovely cabin, dipping her toes in the lake and reading lots of books!   Visit her blog to read about her art work and see the fabulous photos she has taken this summer.  Mrs. Brouwer’s blog is one of my absolute favorites to follow.  The way she captures the beauty of the world around her with the camera lens and her art work inspires me to do the same!


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Our Mrs. Brouwer…

is featured in an online blog!  Mrs. Brouwer’s blog was discovered by Happy Reading as an example of an outstanding teacher who uses great literature to inform her instruction.

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It is an excellent interview–and one that will confirm what you may know or suspected about Mrs. Brouwer:  She is an incredible teacher, person and artist!

Thank you to Happy Reading for featuring our amazing teacher and our school on their website.  You can read Mrs. Brouwers interview by clicking on SNOWBALL EFFECT.

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Our Specialist’s Blogs

I would like to invite you to visit our art, music and pe teacher’s blogs.  They are filled with great information about the curriculum and instruction that takes place in these very important classrooms.  I included a few highlights to peak your curiosity!

clickersDid you know that PE and technology tools go together?  Read how the PE teachers incorporated the promethean response clickers into their nutrition unit:

PE:  Mrs. Nienhuis and Mrs. VanKoevering

Mrs. Brouwer is so passionate about art that she smells like it (according to a sweet first grader)!  Her blog is absolutely beautiful…and well worth a visit!

Art:  Mrs. Brouwer and she smells like art!

The holiday program is drawing near!  Mrs. Bretz has details about this and much more on her blog.

Music:  Mrs. Bretz


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Art Show 2010-11

Our 10th Annual Student Art Show is right around the corner!  The show features art work created by Hudsonville art showstudents throughout our district, including all seven elementary schools, Baldwin and Riley Street Middle Schools, and Hudsonville High School.   Over 600 works of art will be featured in the show, including 100 pieces from our Georgetown Elementary students.  To view our Georgetown artist who have been selected, visit Mrs. Brouwers blog!

Here are the details about the district wide show:

  • What:  10th Annual Hudsonville Student Art Show
  • When: April 26-29, 2010
  • Where: Park Elementary
  • Community Room, 5525 Park Avenue
  • The show is open daily from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with artist receptions each evening from 5:30-7:30 pm.
  • The reception for GEORGETOWN ARTISTS will be held Monday, April 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

During the show, area business owners are invited to participate in Hudsonville Schools’ “Art Around Town” program.  This unique program allows businesses to lease and display professionally framed student artwork in their place of business for one year.  The artwork is returned to the student at the end of the lease period.  Information regarding the Art Around Town lease program is available at the show or by contacting Jason Meyer at .