This term the Year 5 & 6s were asked to design (sketch) a tree house, construct it out of cardboard and a plastic container, paint it and then add finer detail like feathers, sticks, pine cones and leaves to finish it off. The results were magical!
This term the students have started each lesson with 5-10 minutes of meditation. Meditation teaches them to quiet themselves, be calm, relax and helps with creative visualisation. The students have responded really well to the meditation and I’m sure we’re all going to miss it next term! Below is the book I used if you would like to continue meditation at home with your child.
We started the term off with sketching and tracing different types of leaves. The students then used pastels and textas to add colour to their sketches. They then cut their drawings into strips and wove them through black paper to create a patchwork paper ‘blanket’ which is now in their art journals.
For 5 weeks, the Year 1 and 2s have been working on these beautiful woven works. It’s been such a pleasure working on this project with them, as all the students have been saying how excited they are to come to art and how much they love making their ‘kites’ as they call them. I will be doing a display of them in the corridor this week.
Gill and I are well on our way to creating our school poppy/ANZAC display. We are inviting students, staff and parents to dedicate a poppy to a family member that has served in any war that Australia was a part of (not just WW1). This does not just extend to soldiers. Students can dedicate a poppy to an army nurse, signal communication officer (male and female), stretcher man, doctor etc in their family.
To dedicate a poppy, you must:
– Write their full name and the war they fought in on a piece of paper.
– Give the piece of paper to me.
– If I’m not in the art room, I will have a shoe box near my whiteboard where you can put your dedications.
– We would be very appreciative if students/staff got these dedications to us by the end of the week, as we will need to collect them, transfer the names onto calico and stitch them to the back of the poppies.
Below are some snaps from Poppy Club and the display near the office – enjoy!
Unfortunately the junior school has missed out on poppy club because the Years 3 – 6s have taken longer than we thought to create their poppies. So, being mindful of this over the past two weeks I was on the look out for exceptionally hard working Year 1/2 students that could form my special poppy making class this morning. The students created a wonderful paper poppy each that will become part of our ANZAC display. Here are some gorgeous pics of this fun activity!
This term the Year 3/4 students created mixed-media relief works inspired by the film Avatar (2009). We started with a class discussion about the film and then looked at different CGI (computer generated images) depicting plants from the movie. We discussed the features, colours and shapes of the plants before the students sketched a selection of their very own Pandora plants in their art journals (while listening to the soundtrack from the film). Once the students had picked their favourite sketch, they then transformed it into a vibrant relief work. There is a display in the hallway near the front entrance, I encourage you all to go have a squiz at these talented kid’s work!
Over the past three weeks the Preps have been looking at Gustav Klimt’s painting Tree Of Life (1909). Collaboratively, all five classes worked on a mural inspired by his painting using a variety of media including paint, photography, paper and tissue paper. The work is a celebration of texture, colour, positive and negative space, shape and line. In addition to their mural, each Prep student created a mini “Tree Of Life” in their art journal. If you’d like to see the work, it’s displayed just outside the art room – it’s truly beautiful. Bravo Preps!
It’s the footy season already! This week the grade 1 and 2’s have been set a task to create a rhythmic chant using their favourite footy team. Each chant needs to fit into four beats and they need to rehearse it so that they can say the chant twice, say and clap twice and just clap twice. Each group had to then perform their chant to the class. Next week we get the percussion instruments out and use them to perform the chants and create some interesting compositions.
Preps have been dancing and singing up a storm in music over the past couple of weeks. It all started out when we decided to turn ‘Bananas, Bananas’ into a rocking partner dance with a twist at the end (although most of the students preferred to jump). We quickly progressed to our new favourite song ‘Clap, Clap Your Hands’. In this tune the students with their partners and to dance to a series of movements that included pressing noses and taping chins in time to the music.
After that we progressed to combining some singing with instruments to ‘We Can All Play In The Biggest Band’. Here the students learnt the song and then divided into groups where they were given the chance to rotate through the various instruments. The students loved being given the chance to play their instruments as a whole band whilst singing the song.
Last week’s musical analysis using the thinking routine ‘See (Listen), Think, Wonder’ the students watched Music From A Dry Cleaner… Here there were lots of thinking and wondering about how the musician created music from machines. This followed on perfectly from the previous weeks analysis of Music From A Tree.