The senior students have been looking at artwork from Japan and I thought it would be a great idea for them to watch the Wild Japan documentary on Netflix. I think it could be really inspiring for them when creating their artwork and it’s also great family viewing.
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.
Olá means hello in Portuguese and Kamusta means hello in Philippino. Colour! Shape! Line! That’s what it’s all been about this term in art for the Grade 3/4s. As part of the masks unit, students looked at two festivals, the first being the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the second Dinagyang festival in the Philippines. Although both countries reside on other sides of the earth from each other, students noticed similarities in their costumes in terms of colour and vibrancy. The students had a brief to create a mask that conveyed a sense of celebration and fun. Students used a variety of materials such as pompoms, feathers, pipecleaners and cardboard mosaics to add a dimension of texture and harmony. Below are some photos of their finished works!
Preps will be easing into the art room by learning routines and experiencing play-based art. The focus is not on finished artefacts, but rather an opportunity for students to explore different mediums. This term Preps will be learning about masks in art. Students will be creating a lion mask which focuses on colour, texture and symmetry. Students will have the opportunity to experience working with paint and will be able to work on their fine-motor skills through drawing and collaging tasks.
This term Grade 1 and 2 students will be learning about masks and their place in different cultures around the world. Students will be looking at portraits by Pablo Picasso from his later years as an artist. During a series of lessons focused on experimentation and play, students will create a collection of painted and drawn portraits. Students will then use these developmental works, to create a Picasso inspired mask, which focuses on a colour, shape and line.
As part of our unit on Masks this term, students will be create a vibrant and abstract mask inspired by carnivals and festivals from all around the world. During this unit, students will explore different festivals and draw on those ideas to create a mask, which captures a feeling of celebration and fun. Through developmental works and the final artefact, students will discover how colour, contrast and pattern can combine to make a harmonious artwork.
This term, students will be creating mixed-media masks inspired by traditional masks and ceremonies from Sierra Leone. Students will delve deep into the customs and ceremonies of Sierra Leone and learn about the way in which masks are used to convey meaning and traditions in Sierra Leonean culture. Students will create a series of developmental sketches and paintings, before making a mask from cardboard and organic materials, such as seed pods and grasses. The skill-focus for this work is on balance, texture and shape.
This term, students in Grade 3/4 looked at the ceramic and textile work of Navajo people. Inspired by the colours, textures and patterns in traditional Navajo crafts, students created clay looms, paper painted feathers and woven centre pieces. This project allowed students to work with a variety of different mediums and explore colour and pattern theory.
Last term, Grade 3/4 students learnt all about totem poles from the Pacific Northwest. We looked at the artworks of the Haida people in particular. Students chose an animal and did a series of developmental sketches and drawings, followed by a collage as their final piece. These collages were then put together to form a totem pole. Over the term, students learnt about white settlement in America and the effect it had on the First People’s of America. It was interesting (and great) to hear some of the conversations around the unethical treatment of Native Americans and their cultural identity. Our students at Bell definitely have strong moral compasses. Students also learnt about the cultural significance of totem poles in Native American tribes and the meaning behind the chosen animals. If you would like to see this display, it’s just outside the art room in the main hallway.
This term Preps will be learning about how artists repurpose materials to make new artworks. We will be starting with fabric owl collages inspired by the textile works of Mandy Pattullo. Students will learn how to draw, paint and collage owls. This process will culminate in each student using the knowledge they acquired through the developmental stages of the work to create an owl collage made from fabric and recycled paper scraps. Preps will learn about texture and incorporate these techniques and knowledge into their artworks.
Grade 1 and 2
Grade 1 and 2 students will be looking at the work of American artist Yumi Okita and will create relief artworks inspired by Okita’s textile moth sculptures. Students will learn about symmetry and colour throughout the developmental stages of their artworks and will experience the tactile nature of working with fabric and fibers. Through guided and independent drawing, students will develop an understanding of the anatomy of moths and how to draw them. Students will also have the opportunity to explore pattern and repetition when designing their moth’s wings. This term is about repurposing old materials into new artworks. Students will achieve this by using fabric scraps and old pieces of cardboard to create their artworks.
Grade 3 and 4
This term is all about repurposing old materials into new artworks. Students will be discovering the art of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest of America and Canada, with a particular focus on Totem Poles and their cultural significance. Using paper scraps and recycled paper, students will create a piece of a totem pole using collaging techniques. Each student’s work will be connected to other students’ work and form a Totem Pole. Throughout this work, students will learn about symmetry, balance and repetition and how these elements are integral to Totem Pole art.
Grade 5 and 6
This term Grade 5 and 6 students will turn old gift boxes into whimsical shadow boxes as part of our recycled art unit this term. The project aims to repurpose old materials into new artworks. Over a series of weeks students will develop a very personal design for their shadow box, which aims to express and idea or theme they would like to convey to their audience. Students will use self-reflection tools, class discussions and feedback sessions, mind-maps and developmental sketches to create a finished work, which deals with their idea or theme and shows an understanding of depth and perspective.
As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term, Grade 3/4 students have been working on some out-of-this-world (haha) astronaut self-portraits! We read a book called If you decide to go to the moon by Faith McNulty and then did some sketches of astronauts, followed by these final astronaut self-portraits, which focus on playing with perspective. The other component of the artwork was to create a galaxy and moon background using sponging and flicking painting techniques. These fun works are on display in the main building hallway and will soon be displayed in the office shortly too!