Monthly Archives: August 2018

Etchings by Grade 5/6

As part of the Etching and Printmaking unit this term, Grade 5/6 students have created these emotionally evocative etchings. We read Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak and compared the themes. Through group discussions, students concluded that the books focused on loneliness, light and dark and self-reflective journey’s. Students created a series of sketches in their art journals and then chose their favourite drawing to use as inspiration for their etching. There is a display of these fascinating works just outside David and Marg’s offices’.

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Senior Vocal Ensemble on the Arts Centre Melbourne website!

The Senior Vocal Ensemble from Bell Primary School is the first school choir to feature in the Australian Music Vault (AMV) Choir project! If you’ve been to The Arts Centre Melbourne recently you might have noticed the new permanent exhibition – the Australian Music Vault – which celebrates the achievements of Australian pop and rock music. There’s Kylie, Barnesy, Split Enz (ok, not Australian), their instruments, songlists and stories. In addition to the exhibition, the AMV has developed special education resources for schools to use to promote singing and Australian music. Bell Primary is one of the first schools in the country to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Using the AMV resources, the Senior Vocal Ensemble rehearsed and performed “Diamonds” by Sia. Their performance was excellent, so good in fact that The Arts Centre Melbourne has featured it on their website! This is an exciting opportunity for our students to make real-world connections with their learning and showcase their talents to a wider audience. Check it out for yourself! Please visit the following link to view the amazing performance:

https://www.australianmusicvault.com.au/learn/amv-choir

Melbourne Youth Orchestras

The Melbourne Youth Orchestras have just launched their 2019 Summer School Program, supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. MYO’s week-long Summer school offers many opportunities for young musicians aged 7 and up, from beginner to advanced levels. The full Summer School program can be explored via their website myo.org.au. Applications are now open online and close Friday 7 September 2018.

Northcote High School Concert Band performance

This week, Bell Primary students were treated to a very special performance from the Northcote High School Concert Band. Made up of Grade 7 and 8 students (and some ex-Bell students), these kids did an amazing job and also taught us a bit about some of the instruments in this band. Thanks NHS!

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OPEN MIC CLUB

During Term 3, a lunchtime Open Mic Club is held in the Music Room once a week where students from Grades 3 and 4 practice performing songs of their choice in front of an audience. Students can come and perform or just watch and enjoy the show! Some brave students have even been showcasing their own songwriting skills. Wow!

Grade 1/2 Art Club

This term Chelsea and Xenia are opening the art room on Fridays in the second break to do an Art Club with Grade 1 and 2 students. The club is a great way for students to create more art outside their structured weekly art lesson. The club also allows students to form friendships with students from other classes. The club is capped at 25 students, but once each project finishes a new group of 25 students can start. The students are currently creating some beautiful toucan artworks, using paper plates, tissue paper and paint. Keep an eye out on the arts blog for photos of the finished toucans!

Film Project

The Grade 4s and 3/4M have been busy creating some amazing stop animation films as part of their combined art and music unit this term. Students were given a topic and asked to create a film using 2D materials. They could use paint, coloured paper, pencils or textas. Ms. S and Chelsea have been amazed at the creativity of the students and their ability to collaborate and make creative decisions. Here are some photos of the process so far. Watch this space for more information about the Film presentation night.

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What’s happening in Music this Term?

Prep
This term, Prep students will be introduced to composition by exploring pitch and other important musical elements. Students will learn how to sing then play simple melodies on tuned percussion instruments. They will deconstruct these melodies by identifying repeated patterns and will even create their own melodies. Preps will also learn that instruments can be categorised into different families according to their characteristics and how they are played.

Grade 1 and 2
In Term Three, Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning all about the musical instrument, the ukulele. They will learn to name the parts of the instrument, its history and how to hold the ukulele correctly. Students will learn how to play simple chords along with various strumming patterns through ‘call and response’. By reading simple chord charts, they will work towards playing a piece in a large class ensemble along to a backing track. Students will also practice using simple music vocabulary to respond to and describe music that they listen to.

Grade 3 and 4
Please see collaborative Arts statement in Visual Arts below.

Grade 5 and 6
In Term Three, Grade 5 and 6 students will participate in an Orff-based unit using tuned and untuned percussion. This approach integrates speech, singing, movement and instruments when learning music. Students will explore body percussion and learn ways to internalise rhythms through ball activities using throwing, catching and passing. By using correct playing technique, students will learn how to play various parts to a song and will need to practice their part and work towards performing in a large ensemble.

Japanese Lanterns

Last term Grade 3 and 4 students created these exquisite Japanese inspired lanterns. As a class, we looked at the work of master woodblock printing artist Hokusai. Students were inspired by Hokusai’s artwork and the natural landscapes of Japan. The focus for the artwork was on composition and harmony, as well as the elements of construction and mathematics. The students should be so proud of their work and the advanced skills they had to learn to complete these complicated artworks. There will be a display coming soon!

Grade 1/2 Printmaking and Stenciling

The Grade 1/2s have been busy printing artworks, that they can then cut up and use to make a garden collage work, based on the book The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes. The students lovedddd the printing and stencilling! Here a some snaps of the process so far!