As part of the Ancient Art unit last term, Grade 1/2 students learnt all about ancient Egyptian portraits. The focus was on texture, symmetry and identifying artworks which are asymmetrical. Students learnt about hieroglyphics and wrote their name in hieroglyphics on their artworks. They used sand to create texture and oil and dry pastels for a splash of colour – a true mixed-media artwork! To see these vibrant artworks, please visit the school foyer.
Here’s a sneak-peek at the Grade 1/2s first development sketches for the Ancient Egyptian self-portraits. Last week we learnt how to draw portraits in profile (quite a tricky thing for adults to do, let alone kids!) and how to draw ancient Egyptian headdresses. Sometimes I forget these students are only in Grade 1 and 2, as their drawing skills are incredibly skilful for their age! Watch this space for the finished artworks!
In the first half of Term 2 the Grade 1/2 students created these amazing Ancient Greek Pot artworks. During this time, we looked at Greek mythology and history and learnt how to draw realistic mythical creatures, soldiers and sea animals. Students also learnt how to draw traditional Greek patterns and focused on symmetry, repetition and balance. To see this display, please visit the lost property area, just near the front foyer.
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 Bastet’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. Following on from these works, we will move west as we discover ancient Aztec mosaic masks. Students will create their own cool-coloured paper mosaic pieces, which will then form the texture of their masks.
Grade 1 and 2
As part of the Ancient Art unit this term, Grade 1 and 2 students will be looking at ancient Greek pots. Students will be able to explore the different shapes, imagery and styles of Greek pottery, which will then later inform their own 2D artwork. Students will employ the knowledge they have learnt about the iconography of Greek pottery to create a drawing, which showcases ancient Greek stylisation and aesthetics. Heading south from Greece, 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 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. Moving southwest, students will be transported to Central America – the home of the Aztecs! Students will learn about the cultural significance of sun stones, Aztec calendars and their representation in contemporary central American society. Students will create their own large-scale sun stones with inspiration from the intricate detail seen in the original artifacts.
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’ self-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. To finish the term, students will sail northwest to England, where they will discover the world of medieval kings, knights and battles! Students will be examining the history of heraldry and coats of arms. Students will create their own coat of arm artwork, which will display aesthetics and compositional characteristics of original works, yet still be unique to them and their representation of their personality traits.
Grade 1/2 spent the whole of Term One learning about architectural and observational drawing. The students loved learning about the different steps involved when doing observational drawing and we had the opportunity to spend 4 lessons outside the art room (who knew going outside would be so fun? They squealed with excitement, like all their Christmases had come at once!). Over the course of the term, we focused on the front entrance of the school and a chosen house in the street. The students did multiple practice drawings of the school entrance, before using their skills to bring their picture to life with paint. Below are some of the wonderful examples of student work. The display is coming soon!
Our School Environment
This unit focuses on Our School Environment. Over the term, Preps will be collaborating to create a mural, which will depict the flora and fauna found in the school grounds. With a brightly colourful twist, students will be creating birds, snails, butterflies and Australian native flowers from a variety of different media. This unit aims to expose students to different art mediums, whilst slowly learning studio routines in the art room.
Grade 1 and 2
Grade 1 and 2 students will be sketching our beloved Bell Primary School grounds. With a particular focus on architectural drawing, scale and proportion, students will create snapshot sketches of our school, which will then be mounted for displaying. This project will allow students to develop their drawing skills. Following on from these sketches, students will again return to our grounds for inspiration by drawing cropped images of the grounds, which focus on line, colour and texture. These abstracted drawings will then be rolled up and placed into a large-scale collaborative sculpture, which will represent the students’ responses to their school grounds through the elements of art. Both these projects give students the opportunity to work both outside and inside the art room.
Grade 3 and 4
Students will have the opportunity to explore the grounds and collect materials, which they will use in their mobiles. Whilst creating this work, students will be encouraged to think about the design of their mobile and how they will incorporate found objects as well as handmade objects such as clay gumnuts and wire leaves. Students will learn how to fuse organic objects with the handmade to create an artwork that shows balance and harmony. In the last two weeks of the term, students will create quirky sketches using organic materials found in the grounds. These sketches will be inspired by the work of artists such as Tatsuya Tanaka and Victor Nune.
Grade 5 and 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be creating cane and tissue paper lanterns inspired by willow lanterns from winter solstice celebrations in the United Kingdom. Students will learn how to construct a basic pyramid lantern using cane and tissue paper. Students will be able to choose how they would like to decorate their lanterns, whether it be by collecting leaves from the grounds and incorporating them into their work or drawing inspiration from the classroom by incorporating drawings of classroom materials or brick walls. Following on from this project, students will learn the art of sun-printing. Students will use their sunprints as a starting point for a monochromatic painting that will integrate form, line and repetition. Japanese wood block printing will inspire these artworks.
Over three weeks, the Grade 1/2s created these beautifully vibrant abstract hanging works, which they dubbed “The abstract kites!” . Students used paint, oil pastels, wool and tissue paper to create their works.
Over the past year I have been trying to foster a culture of independent working skills, the ability to recover from mistakes and see mistakes from a different perspective and finally, to help students understand the importance of the developmental process of art making. In early Term 3 I interview a sample of students from Grade 1 – Grade 6 and asked them a variety of different questions relating to the topics mentioned above. The feedback and discussion was invaluable and already I’ve seen a shift in the students’ behaviour and how they view problem-solving, making ‘mistakes’ (or happy accidents as I like to call them) and being organised and independent. The poster in the photos below is a visual representation of the data I collected from the Grade 1 – Grade 6 think tank.
Drawing on inspiration from Visual Art with Chelsea, Grade 1/2 have created film music to describe what can be found in the desert. Sticks, Stones, Snakes, Lizards, Tumbleweeds, Dead Trees and Vast Open Spaces are just some of the things the students chose to recreate using anything and everything they could find in the music room. Some of my favourite music has been created in the desert, which is a place of seemingly infinite inspiration and mystery.
All of these soundscapes were performed live by the students while watching the accompanying video on the projector in the music room. Old school meets new school.
Well done Grade 1/2!
Wow, sometimes students can blow you away with their creativity! Preps participated in three rotations; printing with eclectic objects, printing with things from the garden and marble art inspired by Jackson Pollock. The Grade 1/2s also did rotations; sculptures made from wire, wood and pipe cleaners, printing with eclectic objects and creating abstract paintings using wool as a starting point. The following week the students turned their abstract prints and paintings into beautiful collages. Boy did we get messy, but it was worth it!