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!
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!
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.”
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.
It’s a new year and that means a new door display! This year I’ve been inspired by Frida Kahlo and her beautiful quote, “I paint flowers, so they will not die”. I used old leftover scraps from the childrens’ paintings to make this display! I cannot wait to see all my wonderful mini artists next week!
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.
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!
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!