Category Archives: Art Grade 3&4

Astronaut self-portraits!

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!

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Quality extra-curricular art workshops for kids

I often get asked a lot by parents if I know of any good art classes or workshops their children could do outside of school. Art Play at federation Square have a wide range of contemporary and super creative art workshops purely dedicated to children from toddlers to 12 year olds. Click on the link to view what’s on at that moment and if you decide to go to a workshop, let me know how it was!

Art Play: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arts-and-culture/artplay/whats-on/Pages/default.aspx

Whilst you’re out in the city, you might want to check out NGV kids. The Viktor and Rolf kids space is sure to be a hit: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/atelier-viktorandrolf-for-kids/ “As part of the Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition, NGV Kids presents Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids, an interactive space designed especially for children and families. Here the fashion designers share their experimental approach to fashion and design through displays, multimedia experiences and hands-on activities.”

…and just to jam-pack a little more art into your day, you could also check out Fake Food Park by Martí Guixé for Kids: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/marti-guixe/ “Especially for NGV Kids, Catalan food designer Martí Guixé has created a vibrant environment in which children are inspired to think creatively about common foods via drawing challenges and hands-on activities.”

What’s happening in art this term?

Preps

In term One, 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 is all about Space and Science-Fiction Art with a particular focus for the Preps on collaging and fine-motor skills such as drawing, cutting and gluing. Students will start their space unit off by creating a rocket collage, giving them experience with printmaking, painting and collaging. To finish off the term, students will learn to use watercolour paints to create a martian in a flying saucer spaceship artwork. 

Grade 1 and 2

Get ready for takeoff because in Term One Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring Space and Science-Fiction Art! Term One always flies past so quickly, so rather than creating artworks which need a lot of time, students will be creating fun, bright and less time-consuming space inspired collages. Students will be looking at a variety of different artistic interpretations of robots and informed by this exposure, they will create their very own robot collage made from an eclectic mix of materials. Students will experience a process-based method of approaching art, in which they will design a robot through drawing and then adapting their design during the collaging phase. To finish the term, students will create colorful oil pastel aliens, with a focus on texture.

Grade 3 and 4

It’s all about intergalactic artwork this term, as students explore Space and Science-Fiction in Art! Students will be looking at the work of artists such as Djuno Tomsni and a series of science-fiction artworks spanning back to the 1970s. Students will create a fun astronaut self-portrait, which will focus on perspective, drawing and painting skills. In the second half of the term, students will create a grey-scale lunar landscape focusing on perspective, scale and shading.

Grade 5 and 6

Watch out, your kid might be taking a friendly alien home as part of the Space and Science-Fiction in Art unit this term. Students will have the opportunity to create small clay aliens based on the sculptural works of American artist Chris Ryniak. Students will create a series of alien sketches and eventually take one of those sketches and turn it into a sculpture. The focus for this project is on showing emotion, character, colour and texture in their sculptures, whilst having the opportunity to explore the tactile experience of working with clay. To finish the term, students will be creating a robot painting with a focus on shape, light and shading.

 

Tim Burton inspired Character portraits

This Term the Grade 3/4 students focused on the characters conceived by filmmaker and artist Tim Burton. Students learnt about proportion in terms of elongated limbs and bulbous eyes and heads, typical of Burton’s aesthetic drawing style. Students did a series of developmental sketches before choosing one of their sketches to develop further, into a finished character portrait. Students had to stick to the grey scale, and thus learnt a lot about using shading to create a spooky effect. I think Tim Burton would be very proud of our talented students at Bell!

To see this display, please visit the board on the right of the foyer as you turn down the hallway.

Tim Burton inspired spooky houses!

Term 3 was all about Tim Burton for the Grade 3/4s! As part of the Artists as Illustrators and Filmmakers unit, students looked at Burton’s films and artwork and composed a spooky house landscape using paint and black markers. Students learnt about silhouettes and positive and negative space. The display is up in the front foyer outside Julie and Rod’s offices, just in time for Halloween!

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Illuminated Letters by Grade 3/4

Art has been a bit of a history lesson this term! Over 10 weeks, students learnt how to draw realistic animals, celtic knots and medieval calligraphy. In addition to all this technical drawing, the students also learnt about the history behind illuminated scriptures in Medieval England. The brief for the students was to pick an animal that they felt represented their personality. Although you only get to see the finished pieces, it would be worth popping in to the art room with your child to have a peek in their art journals, because their developmental designs are just as stunning as the finished works. We did some fantastic learning this term  – enjoy!

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.

Darebin Kite Festival Workshops with Grade 3/4

Last Thursday public artists, Georgina Humphries and Lindy de Wijn visited our art room to run kite workshops with the Grade 3/4s. The kites made in the workshops will be displayed at the Darebin Community and Kite Festival on Sunday 20th of March. These workshops were a wonderful opportunity for Bell students to work with professional artists and enabled them to create an artwork which would be on display for the thousands (yes thousands) of people, which visit the festival every year. If you have a younger child at Bell or perhaps a child in Grade 5/6, who didn’t get the opportunity to participate in the kite workshops, then come along to the festival where there will be free kite workshops for children. Below are a few snaps from our fun day!

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