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.
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.
In Term 4 last year, the Grade 1/2 students looked at the work of Wurundjeri artist, Judy Nicholson. Students learnt about Wurundjeri dreamtime stories, with a specific focus on Bunjil the creator spirit. Using painting and printmaking techniques, students created these beautiful depictions of Bunjil, which also incorporate elements of the Aboriginal flag. In Grade 2 students used foam boards to print their Bunjil design. The Grade 1s used black markers to draw their Bunjil. This was a great introductory project for students to learn more about Wurundjeri culture and the first people’s of Australia.
Last term we focused on printmaking. We read the book by Emily Hughes The Little Gardener and then students created abstract prints using stamp printing and stencilling techniques. Students then used those abstract prints by cutting them up and turning them into flowers and plants. These beautiful works are on display in the main hallway, but only for a few weeks, so don’t miss out on seeing them!
Let us never feel like this guy in the art room again!
Chelsea and the students have been very busy in art drawing sketches of what they would like to be when they grow up!! Bell Fundraising have turned these sketches into artwork which will be printed onto Tea Towels. Each class has their own unique artwork.
Funds raised from this fundraiser will go towards the new air conditioner in the art room. So please, if there’s ever a time to buy up big, it’s this year!
Tea Towels will be on sale on QKR! for $12 each and, as you know, make a wonderful Christmas present!! Orders will be open until the end of the school holidays.
This term Chelsea and Xenia are opening the art room on Fridays in the second break to do an Art Club with Grade 1 and 2 students. The club is a great way for students to create more art outside their structured weekly art lesson. The club also allows students to form friendships with students from other classes. The club is capped at 25 students, but once each project finishes a new group of 25 students can start. The students are currently creating some beautiful toucan artworks, using paper plates, tissue paper and paint. Keep an eye out on the arts blog for photos of the finished toucans!