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!
Printmaking and Etching for Prep, Grade 1/2 and Grade 5/6
As part of the printmaking and etching unit, Prep students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different printmaking tools to create a vibrant artwork inspired by Erin Lawings’ book, Rabbityness. This artwork will encourage students to explore different textures and patterns, whilst learning about abstract art and repetition. In the second half of the term, students will be creating artworks inspired by Paul Klee’s Castle and the sun (1928), with a focus on colour and shape.
Grade 1 & 2
Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring printmaking by creating a garden inspired artwork, based on the book The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes. This artwork will enable students to compose a print using layers of detail and texture. Students will create abstract prints, which will then be cut up to form leaves and flowers for their printed collage. In the last weeks of the term, students will study and sketch botanical specimens, before turning them into prints using foam board. The focus for this artwork will be on line and repetition.
Grade 5 & 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be comparing two books, Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak. Students will discuss the similar and differing thematics of the books and draw on the ideas within these books to use as inspiration to create an etching artwork. In the second half of the term, students will make a foam board print based on anatomical drawings of insects. Through these projects, students will explore the relationship between light and dark and negative and positive space.
Grade 1 and 2 students created these beautifully vibrant pumpkin artworks last term, inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This was a great project, as it showed the children that you can still be a female artist at the age of 89 in the very heavily male dominated art arena, which we live in today. The students loved learning about Yayoi Kusama’s artwork and were very inspired by her outfits and different looks. These wonderful pumpkins are on display in the main hallway just to the right of the library doors.
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.
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!
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.
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.