Monthly Archives: November 2016

Rainbow Fish Collages

The Preps know that I loooooooove a bit of glitter! And it turns out, so do they! We’ve spent the last 5 weeks learning all about different collaging techniques and turning colourful paper into beautiful sparkly Rainbow Fish! In addition to their Rainbow Fish collage, students also had to make a large singular fish scale to give to someone really special in their life. So be on the lookout, you might just receive a beautiful scale from your little one!

Skateboard decks by Senior Art

This term students in the Senior Art Extension Class have been designing and painting their own artwork onto skateboard decks. Students had complete free reign to design whatever they liked for their work and the results are incredible! The students were inspired by graphic designers such as Andrea Preis. There are still three skateboards that are unfinished, which I will photograph later and add to this post. Enjoy!

Textile works by Junior Art

This semester, the Junior Art Extension Class have been creating these beautiful abstract textile artworks. Students used cold wax and fabric dyes and learnt embroidery. Embroidery is quite a hard skill that requires a long time to master and I think these students are well on their way to being wonderful embroiders if they keep up the practice!

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Tim Burton inspired Character portraits

This Term the Grade 3/4 students focused on the characters conceived by filmmaker and artist Tim Burton. Students learnt about proportion in terms of elongated limbs and bulbous eyes and heads, typical of Burton’s aesthetic drawing style. Students did a series of developmental sketches before choosing one of their sketches to develop further, into a finished character portrait. Students had to stick to the grey scale, and thus learnt a lot about using shading to create a spooky effect. I think Tim Burton would be very proud of our talented students at Bell!

To see this display, please visit the board on the right of the foyer as you turn down the hallway.

Part 2: I ain’t gonna paint no more!

As part of the I ain’t gonna paint no more! project, Grade 5/6 students used different mediums to change the way we viewed an ordinary self-portrait. Students experimented with going beyond the border of their face, cutting their portrait up to make it disjointed, using paper to add texture and pastels and textas to add colour. The results were unique and powerful!

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Part 5: Timelapse videos and The Living Gallery

Here are some timelapse videos of the face painting workshops.

To finish off the documentation of this wonderful project, here is a video of the Living Gallery. All students were invited to come to the netball court and be part of the Living Gallery, in which students from Prep – 4 could come and view them as living artworks. Well done Grade 5/6, you’re truly amazing!

Part 4: I ain’t gonna paint no more!

Wow! What an amazing experience the face painting workshops were for every child involved!! Thank you to all who donated face paint, without your generosity this project would not have been a success.

We started the workshop off by showing the students the videos below and then asking them questions about how Humphries and Meade’s work relates to the I ain’t gonna paint no more! project we’ve been working on since the beginning of term.

Georgina Humphries

Alexa Meade

Students offered up insightful perspectives on illusions, using skin as a canvas and playing with ideas and concepts to change how we interpret artwork. Students demonstrated higher-order thinking skills when exploring and responding to the artworks, through means of class discussion and artistic expression during the second half of the workshop. Students were given 20 minutes to paint their partner’s face and then they swapped and had their face painted. Students that chose to opt-out painted a mask. It’s so great to see young primary school children participating in such great contemporary art projects!

Thank you to Paige and Max from Grade 3 for being our official photographers for the day! You did an amazing job capturing the creativity of the workshops!

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Andrew Williamson helped to run the workshops and took some of these amazing close-up portraits below, just stunning!

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Part 3: I ain’t gonna paint no more!

Following on from the photographic portraits, here are some collaborative portraits done over a 50 minute session. The idea behind this stage of the project was to spark a conversation around ownership of artwork, leading up to the face painting workshop. Each student was given a piece of paper and was told to only draw two things on the face, for example an eye and nose. The students then swapped their drawing with another person and drew two more facial features. There were 7 swaps in total. We had such a great reflective discussion regarding who owned the work and why. Some students were territorial over their first work, others weren’t fussed and believed everyone owned the work. Some students tried to tame works, others tried to make them more wild. Some students respected the style or aesthetic, others wanted to do their own thing. Overall, it was a great experience for students to work collaboratively and not get too attached to the artwork.

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