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 Hello! My name is Danae' Sperk and I am the art teacher at Groveport Elementary. This is my seventh year teaching at GE and I love it! I graduated from The Ohio State University with both my Bachelors and Masters in Art Education. I teach all students kindergarten through fifth grade. Throughout the year I will be posting pictures of your child's artwork on the digitial portfolio site Artsonia. To see your students artwork please visit our school gallery.
I hope you enjoy the fabulous masterpieces we create this year!  
Artist of the Week

February 15, 2019

Kindergarteners have been learning about shapes. We created a beautiful winter scene where we made houses while focusing on all the shapes we see. We practiced our cutting and gluing skills and finished with painting a snowy ground and snowflakes. Olivia was selected by Mrs. Sperk for her creativity, hard work and perfect behavior in art class. Olivia is a kindergarten student in Mrs. Garn's class. More +
Artist of the Week

February 8, 2019

To complete our Aminah Robinson unit, fourth graders learned how to weave. Aminah Robinson used several different types of medium one which is fabric. For our project students learned that weaving is very repetitive and to successfully weave they had to go over, under, over, under and so on. Fourth graders were allowed to choose their colors and they had to have at least five color changes. Annaliese was selected by Mrs. Sperk for her fabulous project and perfect work ethic. Annaliese is a student in Miss Polce's class. More +
Artist of the Week

January 25, 2019

The first graders were introduced to Jim Dine, an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. We viewed his colorful heart paintings and recreated our own. During our process we learned how to make a symmetrical heart by painting one side of our paper, folding it in half and printing on the other. We used warm and cool colors for both the hearts and then the opposite group for the background. Kannen was selected by Mrs. Sperk for his hard work and excellent heart painting. He did a great job showing symmetry with his paint and then he added unique designs on the hearts. Kannen is a 1st grade student in Mrs. KC's class. More +
Artist of the Week

January 18, 2019

Second graders learned about the Tree of Life from Mexico. We learned that it's a symbol to show that all living things are connected and that several countries have their own version of the Tree of Life. We also learned about a special paper used in Mexico called amate paper. For our project we crumbled our paper to show texture similar to the amate paper. As a class we drew together then added color with oil pastels. We learned how similar colors or colors beside each other on the color wheel blend nicely. Taylor was selected by Mrs. Sperk because she drew large and blended her pastels well. Taylor is a 2nd grade student in Mrs. Monhollen's class. More +
Artist of the Week

January 11, 2019

Fourth graders have been learning about artist Aminah Robinson.  Aminah was born and raised in Columbus and her work focused primarily on community and her love for her neighborhood.  She created unique drawings, woodcuts, sculptures and story quilts.  She used many different materials to create these works.  Our 4th graders created their inspired work digitally.  We worked on her website and used only the materials offered on the site to create a project based off of the communities we belong to. Kennedy was selected by Mrs. Sperk for her detailed masterpiece.  Kennedy is a student in Mr. Yurasek's class. 
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Artist of the Week

December 21, 2018

To complete our unit on pattern third graders created a 3D snowflake.  To start the project, students had to draw a different pattern on ten sheets of paper.  Next, we glued the paper in a way that allowed the snowflake to open.  Joanna was selected by Mrs. Sperk for her beautiful patterns.  Joanne is a third grade student in Ms. Townsend's class. 
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Artist of the Week

December 14, 2018

Kindergarteners read the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. We learned that there are three really important colors called the primary colors. They are red, yellow and blue. These colors make the secondary colors: green, orange and purple. For their project they used primary watercolors to mix the secondary! Then we added our mice. Landon was selected by Mrs. Sperk for is beautiful Mouse Paint project. He did a fantastic job mixing his colors and they are so vibrant! Landon is a kindergarten student in Mrs. Chandler's class. More +
Artist of the Week

December 7, 2018

To continue our unit on pattern, third graders learned about the contemporary artist, Laolu Senbanjo. Senbanjo creates unique patterns on different types of medium to help communicate a story. His work has been featured on Starbucks coffee mugs, Nike shoes and in Beyoncé's music videos. Juan was selected by Mrs. Sperk for his excellent use of patterns and his great work ethic. Juan is a 3rd grade student in Mr. Eft's class. More +
Perspective drawing from student of the week.

November 30, 2018

Second graders have been learning about artist, Georgia O'Keeffe and the art element:space. Wefirst started with a still life drawing where we practiced showing space by overlapping, size andplacement of fruit. Next, we learned how to do a perspective drawing. Students started with thevanishing point and then began adding buildings, doors, windows, a street and a lot of other fundetails to create their cityscape. Amiyah Ayers was selected by Mrs. Sperk because of herawesome perspective drawing! Amiyah is a 2nd grade student in Mrs. Monhollen's class.  She has been attending Groveport Elementary since kindergarten. Great job Amiyah!
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Fourth grade positive/negative paper cuts

November 16, 2018

Fourth graders have been learning about the artist, Henri Matisse. He is well known for his cut paper collages. During this unit, we learned about organic shapes and positive and negative space. Students started with one color for their first project and then to make it more challenging we made a second collage using two colors. Hannah Bauerle was selected by Mrs. Sperk for her creativity and excellent craftsmanship. She created interesting organic shapes and flipped them perfectly. Hannah is a 4th grade student in Mrs. McGonigal's class. More +
5th grade dreamcatcher

November 9, 2018

The fifth graders learned about dream catchers and how Native Americans used dream catchers to help protect against evil. The students were provided with several examples but encouraged to create their own design for the web of their catcher.  Next, we learned how to draw feathers and then added a personal dream or goal in each feather. Lastly, we painted with watercolor paint and sprinkled salt for an added speckle effect. Joseph was selected by Mrs. Sperk for his creative and craftsmanship.  Joseph is a 5th grade student in Mrs. Cordell's class.  He has been attending Groveport Elementary since second grade. Great job Joseph! More +
Still life from artist of the week

November 2, 2018

Amelia, a second grade student in Mrs. Stoever's class  was selected by Mrs. Sperk as this week's Artist Of The Week.  All second graders have been learning about artist, Georgia O'Keeffe who was a painter.  O'Keeffe loved to paint still lives and was often inpsired by nature.  Students drew their own still life while focusing on the art element: space.  Amelia demonstrated space by overlapping and the size of her pieces of fruit.  She did a great job. Way to go Amelia! 
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Third Grade painting

October 26, 2018

Congratulations to Mason, a third grade student in Mr. Eft's class.  Mason was selected as Artist of the Week by Mrs. Sperk.  He did a fantastic job on his Yayoi Kusama inspired pumpkin.  Kusama is a Japanese painter, sculptor and installation artist who loved polka dots and pumpkins.  Mason did a great job on his watercolor techniques and overall craftsmanship. Way to go Mason!  More +
First Grade Paper Sculpture

October 19, 2018

Eli, a first grade student from Mrs. Myers class was selected as Artist of the week.  All first graders have been reviewing the art element line and  learning about sculptures and how we can create a sculpture using a flat piece of paper.  We started by painting the base of our jungle sculpture.  Then we learned how to fold, roll and bend our paper to create the rest of our jungle.  Lastly, we drew a tiger and added them to this fun habitat.  Eli did a great job showing zigzag lines and spirals in his paper sculpture.  Fantastic job Eli! More +
Third Grade painting

October 8, 2018

 Rebecca, a fourth grade student was selected as Artist of the Week. Rebecca did a great job on her wild and wacky self portrait inspired by Todd Parr.  To start she used the three primary colors to mix and create the secondary colors.  She then used her painted paper to create a thought out and creative portrait.  Congratulations Rebecca!  More +
Kindergarten painting

October 1, 2018

Our very first Artist of the Week is Ressie.  She is a kindergarten student and she did a fantastic job painting her wild and wacky self-portrait.  To start our school year all students read the book It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr and then created their own self-portrait inspired by the illustrations from the book.  Great job Ressie! More +

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Mrs. Sperk
Visual Art Teacher 
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