Monthly Archives: November 2015

Grade 1/2s create abstract hanging pieces

Over three weeks, the Grade 1/2s created these beautifully vibrant abstract hanging works, which they dubbed “The abstract kites!” . Students used paint, oil pastels, wool and tissue paper to create their works.

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How does an artist think?

Over the past year I have been trying to foster a culture of independent working skills, the ability to recover from mistakes and see mistakes from a different perspective and finally, to help students understand the importance of the developmental process of art making. In early Term 3 I interview a sample of students from Grade 1 – Grade 6 and asked them a variety of different questions relating to the topics mentioned above. The feedback and discussion was invaluable and already I’ve seen a shift in the students’ behaviour and how they view problem-solving, making ‘mistakes’ (or happy accidents as I like to call them) and being organised and independent. The poster in the photos below is a visual representation of the data I collected from the Grade 1 – Grade 6 think tank.

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Finished Collaborative abstract artworks

Below are the collaborative works of Grade 3/4 students, accompanied by snippets from their artist statements. Some of their conceptual thinking and artistic insight will blow you away. To see these works in the flesh, visit their classrooms and the corridor in the main building – enjoy!

“We chose blue and orange. Blue represents sadness and orange represents anger. Together they make frustration.”

“The yellow represents peace around the world and the darker colours represent poverty and war.”

“All the colours represent something different and that’s what makes our painting a masterpiece.”

“The gold represents that there is just a little bit of happiness, even in the hardest of situations.”

“We discussed a range of topics and eventually decided to choose the topic of an open mind and creativity. The blending and multiple colours, tones and shades are meant to eliminate the boundaries of the imagination in the mind.”

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