Term 1, 2020: What’s been happening in Art?

Preps

This term Preps have been welcomed into Art with lots of exploratory activities introducing them to different materials and techniques such as painting with water colour. They are being introduced to the ‘elements of art’ of line, shape and colour through viewing various examples of Abstract Art. Students are learning about the possibilities of connecting art and music when they delve into the work of artist Wassily Kandinsky. They will also create an artwork inspired by the artist Paul Klee.

Grades 1 & 2

 This term in Art, Grade 1 and 2 students will examine and discuss different examples of Abstract Art and Abstract Expressionism from the early 20th Century and make artworks informed by these conversations. Students will learn about different sculptural techniques and make a kinetic sculpture inspired by Alexandre Calder. They will also have a chance to deepen their knowledge of colour mixing when creating a painting inspired by Mark Rothco.

Grades 3 & 4

 It’s all about exploring Abstract Art in Term 1. Through whole-class discussions, Grade 3 and Grade 4 students have been exploring the visual conventions (such as balance, contrast and movement) used to create the well-known style of artists such as Piet Mondrian. They will now design ways to modify the style to create their own artwork. We will look at Jackson Pollack later in the term.

Grades 5 & 6

What is the purpose of Abstract Art? Grade 5 and 6 students will explore this question and others as we investigate Abstract Art and Abstract Expressionism from the early 20th Century in Term 1. Students will identify the visual conventions used in artworks by Georgia O’Keeffe and Sonia Delaunay and then apply these ideas in their own creations.

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