Category Archives: Art

Process works by Prep

This term in art it’s all about masks! The Preps have been learning to draw and paint lions, whilst learning about the developmental process of art. This unit will culminate in each Prep student creating a lion mask, but before we get to that, students have been building on their skills of drawing and painting. Below are a few shots of their developmental lion paintings. There will be a display in the main hallway soon!

What’s happening in art this term?


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 Preps will be learning about masks in art. Students will be creating a lion mask which focuses on colour, texture and symmetry. Students will have the opportunity to experience working with paint and will be able to work on their fine-motor skills through drawing and collaging tasks.

Grade 1/2

This term Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning about masks and their place in different cultures around the world. Students will be looking at portraits by Pablo Picasso from his later years as an artist. During a series of lessons focused on experimentation and play, students will create a collection of painted and drawn portraits. Students will then use these developmental works, to create a Picasso inspired mask, which focuses on a colour, shape and line.

Grade 3/4

As part of our unit on Masks this term, students will be create a vibrant and abstract mask inspired by carnivals and festivals from all around the world. During this unit, students will explore different festivals and draw on those ideas to create a mask, which captures a feeling of celebration and fun. Through developmental works and the final artefact, students will discover how colour, contrast and pattern can combine to make a harmonious artwork.

Grade 5/6

This term, students will be creating mixed-media masks inspired by traditional masks and ceremonies from Sierra Leone. Students will delve deep into the customs and ceremonies of Sierra Leone and learn about the way in which masks are used to convey meaning and traditions in Sierra Leonean culture. Students will create a series of developmental sketches and paintings, before making a mask from cardboard and organic materials, such as seed pods and grasses. The skill-focus for this work is on balance, texture and shape.

I wrote to Chaiozza and here’s their reply!

Hello Chelsea,

Thank you so much for reaching out to us! We absolutely LOVE seeing the students work and what an honor it is to be the inspiration for such wonderful pieces! We may even have to use some of the students’ ideas as inspiration ourselves;)
Glad to know our work is making it across the world and into your classroom. We hope the students gained some insight into shape-making, material experimentation, color and pattern play, and the struggles and joys of trying to make art. 
Thanks again for sharing and enjoy a wonderful holiday season!
All Best,
Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao 
Well done kids! Chiaozza has tipped their hat to you all the way from America!


This semester students in the Junior Art Extension Class have been looking at the work of collaborative duo, Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao, AKA Chiaozza ( The students started with experimental sketches and paintings, followed by small clay ‘plant’ sculptures and culminated in creating larger papier-mâché plant sculptures. This project allowed students to work with a variety of different mediums and explore different colour and pattern combinations. The results are fantastic, hope you enjoy them as much we enjoyed making them!

There are some insects in the library!!

Congratulations to The Grade 4 Art Club for creating these amazing large-scale butterfly sculptures. These students spent every Friday lunchtime for three terms creating these amazing sculptures, which are now installed in the library.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

We have had such a fabulous year in the Arts department here at Bell. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with all the amazingly talented and creative kids over 2017 and look forward to another fun-filled year in 2018. Happy festive season, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! From Chelsea and Milica

Grade 3/4 Navajo inspired clay looms

This term, students in Grade 3/4 looked at the ceramic and textile work of Navajo people. Inspired by the colours, textures and patterns in traditional Navajo crafts, students created clay looms, paper painted feathers and woven centre pieces. This project allowed students to work with a variety of different mediums and explore colour and pattern theory.

Warrior and Medicine Shields by Grade 5/6

As part of the Native American Art unit this term, the Grade 5/6s have been looking at Warrior and Medicine shields from the People of the Plains. Students learnt about the culture and artwork of the First Peoples of America, in particular the Lakota and Sioux tribes and created their very own artwork inspired by these shields. The focus was on colour and creating a work that had flow and harmony. The time, detail and craftsmanship that the students demonstrated is pretty incredible! What a great work to finish the year off!

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Totem poles by Grade 3/4

Last term, Grade 3/4 students learnt all about totem poles from the Pacific Northwest. We looked at the artworks of the Haida people in particular. Students chose an animal and did a series of developmental sketches and drawings, followed by a collage as their final piece. These collages were then put together to form a totem pole. Over the term, students learnt about white settlement in America and the effect it had on the First People’s of America. It was interesting (and great) to hear some of the conversations around the unethical treatment of Native Americans and their cultural identity. Our students at Bell definitely have strong moral compasses. Students also learnt about the cultural significance of totem poles in Native American tribes and the meaning behind the chosen animals. If you would like to see this display, it’s just outside the art room in the main hallway.

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