This week students dressed up and acted out hitting a piñata. Students will use these photos as a reference for their drawing when creating their own artworks.
To get inspiration Grade 1 and 2 students have watched a video about a family that makes and sells piñatas in Mexico.
While the main focus was looking at the imagery, we also read some of the subtitles and discovered the most expensive piñata was 600 pesos. How much is that in Australian dollars? You can answer in the comments section!
In Term 2, students will be making a collage based on the story book The Blue Frog and the Legend of Chocolate. They will learn about characters from Aztec mythology; the Sun God, Wind God, Rana Azul, the blue frog, and of course they will learn about how chocolate is made. During the collage making process, students will experience range of materials and techniques including stamping with acrylic paint, mixing colours with ink wash and crayon resist. They will also practice paper craft techniques including folding and cutting to create symmetrical shapes, fringing, scrunching and layering.
Grade 1 and 2
In term 2, students will be making a collage of a pinata party scene. They will be introduced to the subject matter by reading The Pinata that the Farm Maiden Hung and then they will learn about the artist Diego Rivera. They will discuss how his large mural paintings show a narrative and look closely at his painting ‘La Pinata’. Student will have opportunities to further develop their figure drawing skills when they photograph each other in different poses and use these as a reference for their drawings.
Grade 3 and 4
In term 2, students will create an artwork based on the folk art of Sacred Heart Milagros which were traditionally used as good luck charms or to heal the sick. They will learn about the cultural and historical context of these objects which the Spanish brought to Mexico during colonisation. They will create their own design by including symbols of personal significance then etch this into silver cardboard and decorate with pattern and colour. Students will also learn about the conventions of folk art as a distinctive style.
Grade 5 and 6
In term 2, students will create Alebrije monsters which are made by combining different animal features into a fantasy creature. We will use Chromebooks to individualise the project by enabling students to collect their own animal inspiration images. Students will make their Alebrijes with paper mâché and decorate with bright colours and pattern. Although these creatures are not a traditional part of Day of the Dead celebrations, they are featured in the animated film Coco. Students will also learn about the conventions of folk art as a distinctive style.
I am so excited to be teaching art this year and to share my passion for this subject with students. As many of you will know I have been a classroom teacher at Bell Primary for four years. Running after school and holiday art workshops, painting a mural as an artist in residence at Fitzroy Primary and Loyola Collage, and being the volunteer and schools program coordinator at Seventh Artist Run Space in Fitzroy is just some of the previous experience that I bring to this new role.
Last year I traveled in the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America. Some highlights included hiking in icy Patagonia, seeing a wild leopard in the Amazonian jungle in Bolivia and painting a large mural for a café as part as a work exchange. I also spent around a month in Oaxaca, Mexico which is known for it’s strong cultural heritage and I have drawn on this experience to plan this term’s Mexican Folk Art unit.
This term Grade 3 and 4 students have been learning about the medieval art of Illuminated Letters. Students learnt about the monks who produced the scriptures, the materials used to make the artworks and how gold was transformed into gold leaf to be used in the artworks. Over the term, students practiced writing the first letter of their name in medieval fonts and Celtic knots. They then chose an animal that they felt represented their personality to integrate into the design of their artwork. Here is a selection of their wonderful work!
As part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term the Preps have been learning all about the ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet. Ancient Egyptian’s believed Bastet was the goddess of love, family and the home. In many artistic representations she is depicted as having the body of a woman and the head of a cat. Through a series of guiding drawing lessons, Preps learnt how to draw a cat, followed by learning how to use watercolour paints. Preps also had the opportunity to practice their fine-motor skills by cutting and gluing a border around their artwork, which demonstrated basic collaging skills.
As part of the Ancient Art unit this term the Grade 1s and 2s have been doing some portrait sketch studies inspired by ancient Egyptian Pharaohs . Their attention to detail and ‘free’ drawing style is simply amazing. This is the first stage of the project, so stayed tuned for more about these portraits in the coming weeks!
This term in art, the Preps will be travelling back in time to learn about ancient civilisations and their unique art forms. Prep students will be starting with Egypt, with a particular focus on the icon of Bastet – the Egyptian god. Whilst learning about the cultural and spiritual significance of Bastet, students will create a painting, which depicts Mau’s stature and iconography. Keeping with the theme of Egypt, students will create Egyptian collars, which will enable students to focus on their design and detail skills.
Grade 1 and 2
As part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term students will explore the art of ancient Egypt, with a particular focus on Pharaoh inspired self-portraits. During this artwork, students will learn about hieroglyphics and Egyptian gods. Students will turn a photograph of themselves into a painting, which depicts them as an ancient Egyptian King or Queen.
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 3 and 4 students will be travelling back in time to Medieval England as part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term! Students will be learning about the art form of medieval calligraphy and Celtic design. Armed with this information, they will create their own interpretation of the art form using their initials as basis for the work. This work will aim to help students understand the cultural significance of ancient scriptures and calligraphy and the aesthetic influence of Celtic stylisation.
Grade 5 and 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be transported back to when the Egyptian empire ruled supreme! Students will learn about the ancient Egyptians obsession with death and the after life, their burial rituals and the astonishing art, which adorned their tombs. Students will create a ‘royal’ portrait on gold paper, which will then be placed on a sarcophagus-shaped piece of paper, which they will design and paint in the style of Tutankhamun’s famous sarcophagus.
Last term students in Grade 5 and 6 looked at the work of indigenous artist, Reko Rennie. Students watched interviews with Reko Rennie, which I used as a springboard for discussion around the ethics of street art and the differences between graffiti and street art. Through these rich discussions, students formed interesting perspectives on what they believed justified ‘good’ street art. Reko Rennie uses the diamond motif regularly in his work, which we learnt links to a masculine symbol from his mob. Students incorporated the diamond motif along with an Australian animal of their choice. By using fluro colours, students were able to blend the contemporary with their knowledge of the diamond motif.