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Part 1: Chris Ryniak inspired work by Grade 5/6

As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term the Grade 5/6s are focusing on the work of American sculptor, toy maker and drawer, Chris Ryniak. This week, students explored his work through rich discussions and developmental sketches. Next week we will bring these drawings to life, when students create their creatures out of clay!

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What’s happening in art this term?

Preps

In term One, Preps will be easing into the art room by learning routines and experiencing play-based art. The focus is not on finished artefacts, but rather an opportunity for students to explore different mediums. This term is all about Space and Science-Fiction Art with a particular focus for the Preps on collaging and fine-motor skills such as drawing, cutting and gluing. Students will start their space unit off by creating a rocket collage, giving them experience with printmaking, painting and collaging. To finish off the term, students will learn to use watercolour paints to create a martian in a flying saucer spaceship artwork. 

Grade 1 and 2

Get ready for takeoff because in Term One Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring Space and Science-Fiction Art! Term One always flies past so quickly, so rather than creating artworks which need a lot of time, students will be creating fun, bright and less time-consuming space inspired collages. Students will be looking at a variety of different artistic interpretations of robots and informed by this exposure, they will create their very own robot collage made from an eclectic mix of materials. Students will experience a process-based method of approaching art, in which they will design a robot through drawing and then adapting their design during the collaging phase. To finish the term, students will create colorful oil pastel aliens, with a focus on texture.

Grade 3 and 4

It’s all about intergalactic artwork this term, as students explore Space and Science-Fiction in Art! Students will be looking at the work of artists such as Djuno Tomsni and a series of science-fiction artworks spanning back to the 1970s. Students will create a fun astronaut self-portrait, which will focus on perspective, drawing and painting skills. In the second half of the term, students will create a grey-scale lunar landscape focusing on perspective, scale and shading.

Grade 5 and 6

Watch out, your kid might be taking a friendly alien home as part of the Space and Science-Fiction in Art unit this term. Students will have the opportunity to create small clay aliens based on the sculptural works of American artist Chris Ryniak. Students will create a series of alien sketches and eventually take one of those sketches and turn it into a sculpture. The focus for this project is on showing emotion, character, colour and texture in their sculptures, whilst having the opportunity to explore the tactile experience of working with clay. To finish the term, students will be creating a robot painting with a focus on shape, light and shading.

 

If the dinosaurs came back…

We read If the dinosaurs came back by Bernard Most and discussed how dinosaurs and humans could work together to help each other (in an ideal world, where dinosaurs didn’t eat us haha). The students LOVED this artwork! It had two layers of creativity: creating their own sentence from their imagination and then composing an artwork that matched their sentence. This artwork was all about writing and understanding how illustration conveys meaning.

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Over and Under the Snow

The Preps learnt all about hibernation in this Over and Under the Snow inspired artwork. Over the course of 5 weeks, Preps learnt a variety of different painting and drawing techniques, which varied in terms of technical and more fluid approaches. These mixed-media works showcase the breadth of responses the students had and captures the essence of the original illustrations beautifully.

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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.