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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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Milo & the 2012 Heat Wave

I hope you have survived the 2012 Heat Wave!  Mrs. Brouwer’s thermometer read 105 degrees in Hudsonville and in Holland, mine read 104 degrees.  

Milo dealt with the heat wave in three ways:

  1. Sleeping over the top of the air conditioning vent.
  2. Swimming in the pool with visitors…like Mr. Bowen.
  3. Lying in deep holes…which he dug throughout my garden.
I recommend #1 and #2.  Choosing #3 results in a sudsy bath in the cold sprinkler!

Below is a video of one of Milo’s holes.   That was a huge hole for one small stick!  Enjoy the next few days of more normal West Michigan temperatures and sunshine!

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Just Write Incorporates Art Pieces in 2012

Aiden's Blue Dog Writing Drawing Work

We’re adding a new twist to Georgetown’s 2012 Just Write Week – art AND writing!  Just Write is a huge celebration of our year long work in writing, with student and staff stories covering every bit of space in our hallways and classrooms.  This year, we’re featuring artwork and poems in our multi-purpose room the week of May 14-18.  Oh how we love that Mrs. Brouwer…an amazing Art Teacher who loves to integrate art and curriculum!

Third grade artists created a piece of artwork and then wrote awesome poems about their art pieces.  Our art and writing inspiration is Louisiana artist George Rodrigue and his famous “Blue Dog” series.  Read and see more here!

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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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Mrs. Brouwer’s Spring Vacation

I’ve been enjoying my spring break doing my favorite things around the farm – reading, making art, and visiting the farm animals.  We stayed home this year because there are lots of farm babies due to arrive and we didn’t want to miss the excitement!  We have calves due any day, sweet little lambs due in a few weeks, new fuzzy chicks in the barn, and the most fun of all – Bess will be having a new filly or colt very soon!  See you all in a few days!  Mrs. Brouwer

Mrs. Brouwer's Farm Life
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Have you ever met a Water Buffalo…

named Walter or Richard?



Mrs. Brouwer has!   She and her husband spent a day at the  Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, a special park that houses water buffaloes and other exotic animals.

Visit her blog to find out all the details and how to get there!  This park may be the perfect end of summer activity for your family.

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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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The 2011 Art Show is THIS WEEK!

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I want to encourage you to visit Park Elementary to take in the incredible student art work on display.  The art show highlights artists from our PK-12 district program and the pieces are jaw dropping.  You can visit Park any day this week from Monday – Thursday, during the day or between 8-4.

We have several artists from our school being featured.  On Tuesday evening (5:30-7:30), we will hold a special reception for our Georgetown artists.  To view the list of artists featured, check this web page link.

If you have not followed the wonderful, fantastic blog updates by Mrs. Brouwer--a most incredible art teacher, this needs to be on your must do list for the rainy days ahead.  Mrs. Brouwer showcases the work, learning and art pieces of her young learners throughout the year on her blog.