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.
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!
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.
Last term, Grade 1 and 2 students looked at the work of American artist, Yumi Okita. Over 11 weeks, students created these stunning moth relief artworks made from textiles, cardboard and feathers. This artwork allowed students to explore the tactile nature of fibres, with a focus on texture. You can view these works in the hallway of the main building.
The Grade 5/6s have spent the term creating whimsical and evocative shadow boxes. The design brief was to create a shadow box which showed depth and portrayed a theme, for example an emotion like fear or happiness. Students spent some weeks designing and experimenting with different materials and then started transforming their design sketches into 3D artworks. Students expressed themselves through these artworks in a very powerful and meaningful way and I believe that anyone looking at these works would agree. This project also gave the students the opportunity to work with a variety of different media.
The photos below are some snap shots of their work so far. Some are still in the process stage, whilst others are finished pieces. I will take some more photos of the finished works in a few weeks time. Enjoy!
This term the Grade 1/2s have been looking at the work of sculptor, Yumi Okita. They have been learning all about moths! Through their drawings and paintings, they have been learning about symmetry, texture and warm and cool colours. Their paintings show their understanding of these concepts wonderfully. The students are currently working on a mixed-media relief moth artwork, with fabric collaged wings. Watch this space in the next few weeks to see the final artworks!
This term, Preps have been looking at the work of Mandy Pattullo and her fabric owl collages. The students have spent 5 weeks learning how to draw owls, painting them and they’re currently working on their own owl collages made from scrap material (thank you to all the mums that helped cut up the scraps!). These drawings and paintings are work the students have done in their art journals as part of the developmental process. The skill level is truly amazing! Stay tuned for their owl collages in the next few weeks!
Since Term One, the Grade 4 lunchtime art club have been working on three large-scale butterfly sculptures that will accompany the Australian native flora mural, which a parent committee are currently working on. Students used black-out plastic from last year’s BIFF that was used to block out the light in the theatres and repurposed it by weaving it onto the armature of the sculptures and then finally spray painting it.
At lunchtime today and part of session 5, the art club students spray painted their butterfly sculptures with patterns inspired by the colouration and markings of the indigenous butterfly, the Meadow Argus.