In Term 4, Prep students explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and music. They played and composed simple rhythms on the Aboriginal clap sticks and experimented with using symbols to represent long and short sounds. Preps created an animal soundscape based on the book ‘An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals’ by Indigenous Australian artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Here are some examples:
In Term 4, Grade 5 and 6 students explored Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music by analysing modern Indigenous songs and their significance in Australian culture. They learned the song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ through student-led workshops using voice, keyboard, guitar and percussion to arrange, rehearse and perform the song as a class.
During our unit on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, Grade 1 and 2 worked on the song Belle Mama. They added the actions to the song and also practised singing it in a ’round’. Here is a sample:
This term, Grade 3 and 4 students have been exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music. They learned the song ‘Taba Naba’ from the Torres Strait Islands and performed it along with the accompanying ‘sit-down’ dance. Here are some examples:
The 5/6 Rock Band and Senior Vocal Ensemble have worked super hard this year on building a repertoire of songs and performing some fantastic concerts. They really had a chance to shine at the Bell Primary School 90th Community Celebration – congratulations to all these talented students!
This term the Grade 3/4s learnt about a collaborative project between Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney, a Wiradjuri artist, cultural astronomer Trevor Leaman and Wiradjuri filmmaker Dave Towney. Scott Towney created his own artistic interpretations of Wiradjuri constellations studied by Trevor Leaman. Dave Towney filmed the nights sky over Wiradjuri country. Together, they erected an inflatable dome, projected Dave Towney’s film on to the dome and layered on top were Scott Towney’s artistic interpretations of the Wiradjuri constellations. You can learn more about it here: https://bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com/projects/wiradjuri-constellation-art
We looked at the different Wiradjuri constellations and students picked their favourite one to draw. They then created a foam board print, which they stuck on to a starry background they created in earlier weeks. This was a really unique and interesting project, which allowed students to interpret the sky from a different perspective. Different from that of a white colonial interpretation. Students also had the opportunity to try their hand at foam board printing and the results were wonderful!
Over two terms the students in the Junior Art Extension class have been working on these wild, wacky and colourful bird sculptures. We started off by sketching and painting different exotic birds. Students then created papier-mâché bodies and the rocks using polystyrene balls and newspaper. They then used clay to create the beak, pompoms and googly eyes to make the eyes and pipe cleaners for the feet. Students also painted paper and used that to create feathers for their birds. This was a great project for students to experience working in a 3D medium with a variety of different mediums.
This term we’ve be learning about indigenous art. We read a book by Bronwyn Bancroft called Shapes of Australia and made abstract artworks inspired by a tree canopy illustration in the book. Students practiced their fine-motor skills by carefully tracing different sized circles and cutting them out. Students used a variety of different mediums including paint, paper, silver pens and permanent textas to create these beautifully vibrant artworks.
Last term we focused on printmaking. We read the book by Emily Hughes The Little Gardener and then students created abstract prints using stamp printing and stencilling techniques. Students then used those abstract prints by cutting them up and turning them into flowers and plants. These beautiful works are on display in the main hallway, but only for a few weeks, so don’t miss out on seeing them!