Drawing on inspiration from Visual Art with Chelsea, Grade 1/2 have created film music to describe what can be found in the desert. Sticks, Stones, Snakes, Lizards, Tumbleweeds, Dead Trees and Vast Open Spaces are just some of the things the students chose to recreate using anything and everything they could find in the music room. Some of my favourite music has been created in the desert, which is a place of seemingly infinite inspiration and mystery.
All of these soundscapes were performed live by the students while watching the accompanying video on the projector in the music room. Old school meets new school.
Last term during the Seascapes and Landscapes unit in art, Grade 5/6 students looked at the work of Courtney Mattison (http://courtneymattison.com/ourchangingseas-iii/). Mattison is a marine ecologist and ceramicist from San Francisco. Mattison’s work primarily deals with the effects of global warming on marine habitats. Over the course of this project, students learnt about global warming and coral bleaching. To see this breathtaking installation, visit the early learning centre.
Wow, sometimes students can blow you away with their creativity! Preps participated in three rotations; printing with eclectic objects, printing with things from the garden and marble art inspired by Jackson Pollock. The Grade 1/2s also did rotations; sculptures made from wire, wood and pipe cleaners, printing with eclectic objects and creating abstract paintings using wool as a starting point. The following week the students turned their abstract prints and paintings into beautiful collages. Boy did we get messy, but it was worth it!
On Monday the Grade 5/6s learnt about the Japanese art form; Notan Squares. We discussed light and dark, positive and negative space, reflections, repetition and contrasting elements. Can you believe these are just their practice works? Imagine what their final works will look like!!
After having fun with exploring composition with shapes and visual patterns, Grade 3/4 decided that the best way to continue with this medium was to explore film composition. And what better film excerpts could there be than those from Disney’s Fantasia and Dumbo, two movies with fantastic music and animation! Using their class Ipad’s each 3/4 class split into four separate groups and began scoring the soundtrack for their films. The soundtracks were then performed and recorded in front of the class while watching the films on “the big screen”. An excellent level of artistic and musical maturity was demonstrated by ALL of the students involved. It was a true privilege to watch the students work on this task. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
Inspired by the fantastic visual artworks created with Chelsea of The Northern Lights, the Preps decided that they would like to be able to represent the colours they could see with sound. Each class selected certain instruments that they played in specific ways to represent the different colours in the Aurora Borealis. After some rehearsal, they then performed these soundscapes while watching the video as I recorded their performance. I think you’ll agree that this shows great maturity and commitment for Prep classes, particularly with not making any “voice noises” while we were recording. I also think you can really hear the different personalities of all of our Prep classes in the music we hear them create. Have fun watching and listening!
On Thursday, Grade 3/4 students were split into three groups. All groups had a large piece of paper. Group 1 had rulers, Group 2 had a range of eclectic objects and Group 3 used their bodies to trace. In their groups, students had to discuss how they were going to create an abstract artwork with the tools given to them, what their artwork would be conceptually about and how media and colour would infer their meaning. It was a fantastic start to this project! Students were excited, engaged and were able to work through disagreements by voting and compromising. Can’t wait to see what their finished artworks will look like!
The grade 3/4 students spent the whole of Term 3 creating these beautiful Dutch canal house sculptures. Now you may be thinking, “these aren’t landscapes?!” and you would be correct in thinking that. On their own, they are sculptures, but together they become an urban street-scape. There’s a display in the early learning centre, just outside 1/2R’s room – enjoy!
This term in art Prep students will be learning about abstract art, in both contemporary and past contexts. Most of my teaching is based around process driven art and the development of skills, ideas and concepts, however this term is going to be different. This term’s art making will be driven by multiple short play-based activities with a focus on experiencing different media in a more organic process of making art. Students will create abstract artworks using an eclectic range of unconventional printing tools and will look at the work of contemporary artist Jo Fryer and the master of abstract art, Kandinsky.
Grade 1 and 2
In Term Four, Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning about abstract art, with a focus on play-based experiences and exposure to a variety of different media. Students will create mixed-media artworks using cardboard, wool and paper. Students will be encouraged to take part in short rotations, where they will create colourful abstract artworks in short periods of time. Following on from this, students will look at a drawing work by Louise Bourgeois and create their own inspired artwork focusing on repetition and colour.
Grade 3 and 4
Abstract art is the theme in Term Four and students will launch straight into this unit with a fun collaborative project that encourages students to discuss ideas, compromise, provide creative input and feedback and will enable them to utilize their different artistic skills. Each class will be split into 3 smaller groups. These groups will either be asked to trace around their bodies, objects or draw shapes and connect them with lines. These large line drawings will form the basis for the groups to create a large-scale 2D abstract artwork. In the second half of the term, students will create black and white abstract relief works using only paper and glue.
Grade 5 and 6
It’s all about abstract art in Term Four at Bell. Grade 5/6 students will be creating two Notan square artworks, with a focus on positive and negative space. The first Notan square artwork will be black and white and the second will require students to create a colourful abstract background to place their black notan square onto. Following on from this, students will create relief artworks made from cardboard, wool and foil. To end the term, Grade 5/6 students will be looking at the work of contemporary artist Andy Gilmore. Students will create a series of small works inspired by Gilmore’s art, which will focus on shape, tessellations, symmetry and repetition.