Category Archives: Art Grade 1&2

Chinese Willow Plates

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.

Chinese Willow Design

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!

What’s happening in art this term?

Art of Asia

The Preps will be creating two major works. They will learn about the significance and symbolism of koi (carp) in Japanese culture by creating their very own Koinobori (koi kites). The students will then move on to Ming Vases, where they will learn about the painting techniques of these exquisite ceramic works. Students will create a mixed-media artwork incorporating a painting of the vase containing cherry blossoms made from paper and paint.

The Year 1 and 2s will travel west to China where they will be exploring the history of the Chinese Willow design and will learn about the relationship between the Industrial era of England and how it’s porcelain industry was influenced by the East. They will then create their very own plate inspired by the Chinese Willow designs. Following on from this work, students will travel further east to Japan, where they will look at the work of renowned contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama. Students will create a spotty pumpkin artwork, inspired by Kusama’s famous works Infinity Mirrored Room – All the eternal love I have for the pumpkins (2016).

The Year 3 and 4s will learn about the history of Japanese landscape art, in particular woodblock printing and ink paintings. Students will compose a painting inspired by a Japanese landscape and then transform their painting into their very own Japanese lantern. During this unit, students will look at the work of master woodblock artist, Hokusai.

The Year 5 and 6s will learn about and discuss the cultural symbolism of Koi in Japanese history and create their very own koi scroll painting using watercolour paints and Asian inspired collaging papers.

Picasso Masks!

The Grade 1/2s have been learning all about Pablo Picasso and his portraits. Through play-based art games, students created a collection of grey lead portraits, before deciding on one design to use as their plan for their mask. Students used watercolour paints and oil pastels to add texture, colour and contrast to their works. Below is a series of photographs from different stages in the artistic process.

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What’s happening in art this term?

Preps

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.

Moth relief artworks

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.

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Part 1: Moths by Grade 1/2s

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!

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Bugs, bugs, bugs!

If you’re a parent of a Grade 1 or 2 student, you might have heard them mention that they’re making mixed-media moth artworks inspired by the sculptures of Yumi Okita. Melbourne Museum currently has a fantastic exhibition called Bug Lab, which has great links to our learning in art at the moment. If you happen to be in the city these next few weekends, you should definitely check it out! https://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/bug-lab/

What’s happening in art this term?

Preps

This term Preps will be learning about how artists repurpose materials to make new artworks. We will be starting with fabric owl collages inspired by the textile works of Mandy Pattullo. Students will learn how to draw, paint and collage owls. This process will culminate in each student using the knowledge they acquired through the developmental stages of the work to create an owl collage made from fabric and recycled paper scraps. Preps will learn about texture and incorporate these techniques and knowledge into their artworks.

 Mandy Pattulo

Grade 1 and 2

Grade 1 and 2 students will be looking at the work of American artist Yumi Okita and will create relief artworks inspired by Okita’s textile moth sculptures. Students will learn about symmetry and colour throughout the developmental stages of their artworks and will experience the tactile nature of working with fabric and fibers. Through guided and independent drawing, students will develop an understanding of the anatomy of moths and how to draw them. Students will also have the opportunity to explore pattern and repetition when designing their moth’s wings. This term is about repurposing old materials into new artworks. Students will achieve this by using fabric scraps and old pieces of cardboard to create their artworks.

 Yumi Okita

Grade 3 and 4

This term is all about repurposing old materials into new artworks. Students will be discovering the art of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest of America and Canada, with a particular focus on Totem Poles and their cultural significance. Using paper scraps and recycled paper, students will create a piece of a totem pole using collaging techniques. Each student’s work will be connected to other students’ work and form a Totem Pole. Throughout this work, students will learn about symmetry, balance and repetition and how these elements are integral to Totem Pole art.

 Grade 5 and 6

This term Grade 5 and 6 students will turn old gift boxes into whimsical shadow boxes as part of our recycled art unit this term. The project aims to repurpose old materials into new artworks. Over a series of weeks students will develop a very personal design for their shadow box, which aims to express and idea or theme they would like to convey to their audience. Students will use self-reflection tools, class discussions and feedback sessions, mind-maps and developmental sketches to create a finished work, which deals with their idea or theme and shows an understanding of depth and perspective.