Category Archives: Art Grade 1&2

Term 2 in Visual Arts!

ANCIENT ART

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Preps

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 observational drawing and painting

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!

Welcome to a new year at Bell in the visual arts!

Our School Environment

Preps

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.

Grade 1/2s create abstract hanging pieces

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.

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How does an artist think?

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.

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Desert Film Music with Grade 1/2.

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!

 

 

Preps and Grade 1/2s turn abstract prints into beautiful collages

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!

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What’s happening in art this term?

Abstract Art!

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Prep

This term in art Prep students will be learning about abstract art, in both contemporary and past contexts. Most of my teaching is based around process driven art and the development of skills, ideas and concepts, however this term is going to be different. This term’s art making will be driven by multiple short play-based activities with a focus on experiencing different media in a more organic process of making art. Students will create abstract artworks using an eclectic range of unconventional printing tools and will look at the work of contemporary artist Jo Fryer and the master of abstract art, Kandinsky.

Grade 1 and 2

In Term Four, Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning about abstract art, with a focus on play-based experiences and exposure to a variety of different media. Students will create mixed-media artworks using cardboard, wool and paper. Students will be encouraged to take part in short rotations, where they will create colourful abstract artworks in short periods of time. Following on from this, students will look at a drawing work by Louise Bourgeois and create their own inspired artwork focusing on repetition and colour.

Grade 3 and 4

Abstract art is the theme in Term Four and students will launch straight into this unit with a fun collaborative project that encourages students to discuss ideas, compromise, provide creative input and feedback and will enable them to utilize their different artistic skills. Each class will be split into 3 smaller groups. These groups will either be asked to trace around their bodies, objects or draw shapes and connect them with lines. These large line drawings will form the basis for the groups to create a large-scale 2D abstract artwork. In the second half of the term, students will create black and white abstract relief works using only paper and glue.

Grade 5 and 6

It’s all about abstract art in Term Four at Bell. Grade 5/6 students will be creating two Notan square artworks, with a focus on positive and negative space. The first Notan square artwork will be black and white and the second will require students to create a colourful abstract background to place their black notan square onto. Following on from this, students will create relief artworks made from cardboard, wool and foil. To end the term, Grade 5/6 students will be looking at the work of contemporary artist Andy Gilmore. Students will create a series of small works inspired by Gilmore’s art, which will focus on shape, tessellations, symmetry and repetition.

Cityscapes by Grade 1/2s

For three weeks the Grade 1s and 2s have been working on these cityscape paintings. As a class we discussed what reflections are and where we commonly see reflections; in glass, in a mirror, on a spoon, in water etc. This artwork enabled students to have a better understanding of shape, repetition and line. Check out the display in the office foyer!

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Sushe Felix inspired pastel works by Grade 1/2

Grade 1/2 students looked at the work of Sushe Felix, a contemporary artist from Colorado (I got this idea from Cassie Stephens: a fantastic art teacher from Tennessee http://cassiestephens.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/in-art-room-desert-landscapes-with.html). The great thing about this artwork was the children had to make their own stencils before they created their work. The students learnt about proportion, scale and perspective whilst creating these artworks.

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