During Term 2, Grades P-2 have had the opportunity to come along to Junior Jam Club one lunchtime a week. In Jam Club students can try instruments they’ve never tried before and play music together with their friends. It’s so much fun! Check us out!
This week students dressed up and acted out hitting a piñata. Students will use these photos as a reference for their drawing when creating their own artworks.
To get inspiration Grade 1 and 2 students have watched a video about a family that makes and sells piñatas in Mexico.
While the main focus was looking at the imagery, we also read some of the subtitles and discovered the most expensive piñata was 600 pesos. How much is that in Australian dollars? You can answer in the comments section!
In Term 2, students will be making a collage based on the story book The Blue Frog and the Legend of Chocolate. They will learn about characters from Aztec mythology; the Sun God, Wind God, Rana Azul, the blue frog, and of course they will learn about how chocolate is made. During the collage making process, students will experience range of materials and techniques including stamping with acrylic paint, mixing colours with ink wash and crayon resist. They will also practice paper craft techniques including folding and cutting to create symmetrical shapes, fringing, scrunching and layering.
Grade 1 and 2
In term 2, students will be making a collage of a pinata party scene. They will be introduced to the subject matter by reading The Pinata that the Farm Maiden Hung and then they will learn about the artist Diego Rivera. They will discuss how his large mural paintings show a narrative and look closely at his painting ‘La Pinata’. Student will have opportunities to further develop their figure drawing skills when they photograph each other in different poses and use these as a reference for their drawings.
Grade 3 and 4
In term 2, students will create an artwork based on the folk art of Sacred Heart Milagros which were traditionally used as good luck charms or to heal the sick. They will learn about the cultural and historical context of these objects which the Spanish brought to Mexico during colonisation. They will create their own design by including symbols of personal significance then etch this into silver cardboard and decorate with pattern and colour. Students will also learn about the conventions of folk art as a distinctive style.
Grade 5 and 6
In term 2, students will create Alebrije monsters which are made by combining different animal features into a fantasy creature. We will use Chromebooks to individualise the project by enabling students to collect their own animal inspiration images. Students will make their Alebrijes with paper mâché and decorate with bright colours and pattern. Although these creatures are not a traditional part of Day of the Dead celebrations, they are featured in the animated film Coco. Students will also learn about the conventions of folk art as a distinctive style.
I am so excited to be teaching art this year and to share my passion for this subject with students. As many of you will know I have been a classroom teacher at Bell Primary for four years. Running after school and holiday art workshops, painting a mural as an artist in residence at Fitzroy Primary and Loyola Collage, and being the volunteer and schools program coordinator at Seventh Artist Run Space in Fitzroy is just some of the previous experience that I bring to this new role.
Last year I traveled in the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America. Some highlights included hiking in icy Patagonia, seeing a wild leopard in the Amazonian jungle in Bolivia and painting a large mural for a café as part as a work exchange. I also spent around a month in Oaxaca, Mexico which is known for it’s strong cultural heritage and I have drawn on this experience to plan this term’s Mexican Folk Art unit.
In Term 2, Preps will continue to build on their knowledge of the foundations of music including beat, pitch, dynamics and tempo. They will explore melody by singing and moving to various nursery rhymes and songs. They will also begin to learn to sing the national anthem. Preps will explore rhythm by creating simple beats and actions within a song. Students will practise identifying emotions such as happy and sad when listening to a range of different music styles. They will also look at rhythm and rhyme in simple chants and raps.
Grade 1 and 2
In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students will be focusing on singing and movement through simple chants and songs. They will be introduced to the concept of vocal improvisation and techniques such as ‘call and response’ and will experiment with these musical ideas through interactive singing and play. Students will learn to sing West African welcome song ‘Funga Alafia’ along with the accompanying actions and body percussion parts. They will also work on performing the vocal melody on instruments such as the xylophone and metallophone.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term 2, Grade 3 and 4 students will be learning about the ukulele. They will learn how to play some simple and more complex chords through ‘call and response’ patterns. By combining downstroke and upstroke strumming, they will attempt various strumming patterns within different songs. Students will learn to play popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy and will work towards a class performance with a backing track. They will practise reading and following chord charts and diagrams and learn the difference between chords and a melody.
Grade 5 and 6
Good Golly Miss Molly! Term 2 for Grade 5 and 6 students is all about exploring the Blues! Through listening examples, they will learn about the history and characteristics of the Blues and how important this style of music was to the development of popular music. Students will learn how build a chord and perform a 12 Bar Blues chord progression on the keyboard, xylophone, ukulele and boomwhackers. They will work on developing their improvisation skills by building on simple melodies using the Blues scale. Students will arrange and perform their own Blues composition in small groups.
Grade 5 and 6 students have been exploring Brazilian Samba music this term. We didn’t have traditional South American instruments so we used African instruments to get similar sounds. They learnt some of the rhythms through word phrases and used these as well as call and response patterns to create their own Samba arrangements in groups. We hope they get you grooving!
I would just like to take this time to say goodbye and thank you for a wonderful 6 years at Bell Primary School. I have loved teaching art at Bell and will miss all my students dearly. They have always amazed me with their creativity and I look forward to seeing what they create in the future! I would also like to thank all the parents that have helped out in the art room over the years. I’m so very grateful because without your help I could not have run the projects I have. So thank you all and I look forward to popping back for visits along with my little one!
This term Grade 3 and 4 students have been learning about the medieval art of Illuminated Letters. Students learnt about the monks who produced the scriptures, the materials used to make the artworks and how gold was transformed into gold leaf to be used in the artworks. Over the term, students practiced writing the first letter of their name in medieval fonts and Celtic knots. They then chose an animal that they felt represented their personality to integrate into the design of their artwork. Here is a selection of their wonderful work!