Monthly Archives: July 2015

What are we doing in art this term?

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The Preps will use a variety of different media, such as pastels, collaging papers and paint to create desert and aurora borealis landscapes. Whilst creating the desert landscape and the aurora borealis landscape artworks, students will learn about scale, shape, colour and line. Students will also look at the work of Paul Klee and do a series of lessons on shape, to learn how shapes can be transformed into pictures and art. For example, when a square becomes 3D it is called a cube. The Preps will use pastels to create a work inspired by Klee’s famous cubist castles.

Grade 1 and 2 will first explore the work of contemporary artist, Sushe Felix from Colorado. Students will make their own stencils and use them to create a desert landscape using dry pastels. During this work, students will learn about colour, perspective, scale and repetition. Taking a completely different approach to landscapes, students will then create a city skyline painting, which will focus on reflections. In this work, students will learn what reflection is and how and why reflections are distorted. Students will employ skills in colour, scale and shape. Their final work will be a cardboard cactus sculpture accompanied by a painted desert backdrop. This work will allow students to explore working in 3D.

Grade 3 and 4 will be exploring the architecture of traditional Dutch canal houses (grachtenpand) from the 17th century. Students will be looking at the architectural features unique to Dutch canal houses and will recreate their own miniature sculpture inspired by these beautiful historic homes. Although, creating a house is not a landscape, when the work is displayed the houses will be lined up next to each other to create an urban landscape. This process of production will allow students to understand how designers and artists work in collaborative settings, such as set design for films such as Wallace and Gromit. The second work Grade 3 and 4 students will be creating is a lunar landscape. Students will look at a range of sci-fi landscapes and create their own greyscale landscape, whilst employing elements of line, shape and shading. Grade 3/4 students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Sustainable Art Club Friday lunchtimes in the art room, starting Friday the 31st of July.

Grade 5 and 6 will look at the paper installation work of Hort, a studio/multidisciplinary creative hub based out of Germany. Students will create a work in which a piece of paper is ripped back to reveal a natural landscape, surrounded by an urban concrete jungle. This work will encourage students to think about contrasting environments and environmental issues. This work will also allow students to develop their designing, drawing, painting, scale and perspective skills. Following on from this, students will look at the work of contemporary artist Courtney Mattison from San Francisco. Mattison creates large-scale ceramic installations of coral reefs, which respond to the devastating human impact on the world’s oceans. Students will create their own coral reef sculptures made from clay and when displayed, the sculptures will combine to form a large-scale reef sculpture inspired by Mattison’s work. During this project, students will explore the tactile experience of working with clay, whilst developing their skills in construction, form, detail and colour.

– Chelsea Kneale

Bell Biennale Video

Wow! When I watch this amazing video of the Bell Biennale by Steven Pam it felt like it was yesterday the festival happened. Thank you so much Steven for putting this together. You have really captured the moment and the overall feeling of the festival. Argh the rain! We are so glad that Steven captured the weather with the majestic sounds of the Balinese Gamelan DanAnda in the opening sequence.  Reflecting back, Chelsea and I feel that the weather in some way enabled a shared struggle that bonded the school community around the festival.

Bell Biennale

Here are some wonderful photos from the Bell Biennale. Thank you Mardi for taking these beautiful photos, you have really captured the night for us!

Exhibition Space

Japanese lanterns and Barong masks by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese dragon puppets and Japanese koi scrolls by Grade 5/6 students. Indian Holi elephants by Asia Art Club. Chelsea dressed up in a kimono and a few students from the junior school dressed in asian costumes!

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Music Performances

Gamelan Ensemble by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese Luogu Ensemble by Grade 5/6 students. Grade 3/4 Bollywood Dance Club performance at the opening ceremony.

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The very rainy opening ceremony. Gamelan workshop. Interactive Manga Wall. The Cherry Blossom Comment Tree. Classroom displays.

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