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.
These beautifully delicate works were created by Grade 3/4 students during the Abstract Art unit in Term 4. Whilst creating these works, students learnt about rhythm, movement, contrast and repetition and began to understand the fusion between 2D and 3D, which form relief 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.
Below are the collaborative works of Grade 3/4 students, accompanied by snippets from their artist statements. Some of their conceptual thinking and artistic insight will blow you away. To see these works in the flesh, visit their classrooms and the corridor in the main building – enjoy!
“We chose blue and orange. Blue represents sadness and orange represents anger. Together they make frustration.”
“The yellow represents peace around the world and the darker colours represent poverty and war.”
“All the colours represent something different and that’s what makes our painting a masterpiece.”
“The gold represents that there is just a little bit of happiness, even in the hardest of situations.”
“We discussed a range of topics and eventually decided to choose the topic of an open mind and creativity. The blending and multiple colours, tones and shades are meant to eliminate the boundaries of the imagination in the mind.”
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.
On Thursday, Grade 3/4 students were split into three groups. All groups had a large piece of paper. Group 1 had rulers, Group 2 had a range of eclectic objects and Group 3 used their bodies to trace. In their groups, students had to discuss how they were going to create an abstract artwork with the tools given to them, what their artwork would be conceptually about and how media and colour would infer their meaning. It was a fantastic start to this project! Students were excited, engaged and were able to work through disagreements by voting and compromising. Can’t wait to see what their finished artworks will look like!
The grade 3/4 students spent the whole of Term 3 creating these beautiful Dutch canal house sculptures. Now you may be thinking, “these aren’t landscapes?!” and you would be correct in thinking that. On their own, they are sculptures, but together they become an urban street-scape. There’s a display in the early learning centre, just outside 1/2R’s room – enjoy!
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.
Grades 3 and 4 have been exploring composition using visual patterns and shapes to inspire sounds, playing techniques and articulation on various instruments. They have also been listening to and watching orchestras perform 20th century compositions by Edgar Varese, Dmitri Shostakovich and Charles Mingus to further inspire them to create weird and wacky sounds! By using distinct shapes such as spots, stars, squiggles, splats and sharp angles, each group of students has been able to create their own unique compositions. We will be exploring this further as we delve in to film composition using acoustic instruments in the following weeks.
Please enjoy the videos of the fantastic performances below: