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!
Ancient and Medieval Art
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!
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.