Monthly Archives: November 2014

Prep’s make Thiebaud inspired cupcakes!

Keeping with the Pop Art theme in art this term, the Preps looked at Wayne Thiebaud’s cupcake paintings. Using water colour paints, they created abstract paintings, which they used later on to make the topping of their cupcake. In making these works, students learnt about abstraction, colour and shape. These works are on display in the corridor as you walk into the school foyer – enjoy!

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Grade 1/2 Go Orff With Antigravity

Wow Amazing! The grade 1&2 students have been performing in a whole class ensemble over the past 3 weeks. They have been focusing on performing a piece written by John Madin called Antigravity. It’s a piece that is made up of short repeated melodic and rhythmic patterns (Ostinato) that are easily learnt by students. Learning the ostinatos is the easy part, putting it all together into a whole piece that has a beginning middle and end is the hard fun. I hope that you enjoy the performances below. I am amazed at how the students are able to tune into the other parts of the ensemble and when they get out of time or lost in the music, they know when to come back in. Please leave a comment.

You can see the other performances here

3/4 Have Got Rhythm And Some Melody Too!

This term grade 3/4 students have been working on whole class ensemble skills. Its been a step by step process where the students first learn to sing the song ‘I’ve Got A Rhythm‘. These is done through call and response and includes body percussion. The students are also given an opportunity to improvise rhythms using rhythm sticks. When the melody of the song has been embodied and the students are comfortable with the rhythm they then move onto tuned percussion instruments to form a whole class Orff based ensemble. The melody is first divided into two parts so it is easily learnt. This way the students experience instant success. Gradually the drums and additional base line is introduced and the students are then given an opportunity to improvise using a pentatonic scale.

Below you can view each class perform their version of I’ve got a rhythm. If you like what you hear please leave a comment.

3/4 O Ensemble

3/4 E Ensemble

3/4 X Ensemble

Yayoi Kusama inspired pumpkins

As part of the Pop Art unit this term, the Grade 1 and 2 students looked at the pumpkin sculptures of Yayoi Kusama, one of the most famous Pop Artists out of Japan. During the creation of this work, students discovered what abstract meant and they were able to verbally describe abstraction (a very hard concept to understand and articulate!). The students worked with water colours and permanent markers to create these beautiful mixed-media artworks.

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Grade 3/4 apple core sculptures

During the Pop Art unit this term the Grade 3s and 4s looked at the work of Claes Oldenburg, a contemporary pop artist. Using his sculpture Apple Core (1992) as inspiration, students created their very own apple core sculpture. To see this display, please visit the hallway just outside Anna and Ivy’s classrooms.

Grade 1/2 Lichtenstein inspired self-portraits

For the past five weeks the Grade 1 and 2 students have looked at the work of famous pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. We did a lot of work on drawing faces and looked closely at proportion, balance and attention to detail. If you want to see more of these wonderful works please visit the display in the corridor outside the art room.

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