Printmaking and Etching for Prep, Grade 1/2 and Grade 5/6
As part of the printmaking and etching unit, Prep students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different printmaking tools to create a vibrant artwork inspired by Erin Lawings’ book, Rabbityness. This artwork will encourage students to explore different textures and patterns, whilst learning about abstract art and repetition. In the second half of the term, students will be creating artworks inspired by Paul Klee’s Castle and the sun (1928), with a focus on colour and shape.
Grade 1 & 2
Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring printmaking by creating a garden inspired artwork, based on the book The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes. This artwork will enable students to compose a print using layers of detail and texture. Students will create abstract prints, which will then be cut up to form leaves and flowers for their printed collage. In the last weeks of the term, students will study and sketch botanical specimens, before turning them into prints using foam board. The focus for this artwork will be on line and repetition.
Grade 5 & 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be comparing two books, Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak. Students will discuss the similar and differing thematics of the books and draw on the ideas within these books to use as inspiration to create an etching artwork. In the second half of the term, students will make a foam board print based on anatomical drawings of insects. Through these projects, students will explore the relationship between light and dark and negative and positive space.
Last term, the Preps made these beautifully detailed Ming Vase artworks. This project helped students develop their artistic skills by allowing them to practice their cutting, drawing and painting techniques. Students learnt about the history of Ming vases and about art terminology such as, monochromatic, meaning one colour (in this artworks’ case, a one coloured artwork). Students also learnt about the cultural significance of Chinese dragons. These artworks will be on a display in the coming week.
Grade 1 and 2 students created these beautifully vibrant pumpkin artworks last term, inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This was a great project, as it showed the children that you can still be a female artist at the age of 89 in the very heavily male dominated art arena, which we live in today. The students loved learning about Yayoi Kusama’s artwork and were very inspired by her outfits and different looks. These wonderful pumpkins are on display in the main hallway just to the right of the library doors.
Over two terms, students in the Senior Art Extension program created these stunning eccentric self-portraits inspired by the work of Australian artist, Del Kathryn Barton. The focus for this work was primarily on painting, but students also incorporated printmaking, collaging and drawing techniques. The artworks are currently displayed in two locations, in the front entrance and outside the art room. I’d also like to congratulate the Senior Art Extension students on such a fantastic semester of work.
The Grade 5/6s have been hard at work this term creating these beautiful Japanese koi scroll artworks. The focus for this artwork was on drawing anatomically correct fish and showing movement and rhythm in the water. The students used water colour paints, decorative paper, wooden sticks and wool. What I find interesting is that all the students have created very unique artworks, despite the fact they all painted the same type of fish, koi. If you would like to see these artworks up close, there is a display in the front office and in the main hallway. Enjoy!
As part of the Asian art unit this term, the Grade 1/2 students created these beautifully detailed Chinese Willow Plates. During this project, students learnt about monochromatic artworks, with a focus on hues. Students also learnt about the story behind the willow design and used this as inspiration for the composition and subject matter of their piece.
This term the Grade 5/6s are making Japanese koi scroll artworks. During the past few weeks, students have been sketching and painting koi in preparation for their final work. Here are some beautiful process shots of them exploring different approaches to drawing and painting the koi. Watch this space in the next few weeks to see their final works!
I’m in need of about 30 wood off-cuts that children could hold comfortably in their hands. If there are any mums, dads or grandparents out there, who work with wood and would be able to help us, I’d be very appreciative. If this is something you can help out with, please don’t hesitate to pop into the art room after school to chat to me.
The senior students have been looking at artwork from Japan and I thought it would be a great idea for them to watch the Wild Japan documentary on Netflix. I think it could be really inspiring for them when creating their artwork and it’s also great family viewing.
The Grade 1/2s have been doing some exquisite drawings this week and I just had to share them with you all! Students have been learning about the relationship between the west and east and how different art forms from the east inspired interior design movements in Europe during the 19th century. This week, students learnt about the story of the Chinese willow design and created a series of sketches focusing on different elements of the design. Their attention to detail and natural architectural drawing ability is truly breathtaking. Come take a look!