As part of the Masks unit in art this term, students in Grade 5 and 6 have been learning about masks from Sierra Leone. Over a series of weeks, students created design sketches and paintings and are now beginning to work on their final piece using acrylic paints and organic materials. These photos are of the process and unfinished works. Watch this space next term for photos of the 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.
As part of the Native American Art unit this term, the Grade 5/6s have been looking at Warrior and Medicine shields from the People of the Plains. Students learnt about the culture and artwork of the First Peoples of America, in particular the Lakota and Sioux tribes and created their very own artwork inspired by these shields. The focus was on colour and creating a work that had flow and harmony. The time, detail and craftsmanship that the students demonstrated is pretty incredible! What a great work to finish the year off!
The Grade 5/6s have spent the term creating whimsical and evocative shadow boxes. The design brief was to create a shadow box which showed depth and portrayed a theme, for example an emotion like fear or happiness. Students spent some weeks designing and experimenting with different materials and then started transforming their design sketches into 3D artworks. Students expressed themselves through these artworks in a very powerful and meaningful way and I believe that anyone looking at these works would agree. This project also gave the students the opportunity to work with a variety of different media.
The photos below are some snap shots of their work so far. Some are still in the process stage, whilst others are finished pieces. I will take some more photos of the finished works in a few weeks time. Enjoy!
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.
I’d have to say that these sculptures were probably one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done with students! The Grade 5/6s really embraced this project and their creativity thrived! Five weeks ago, we came together as a class and discussed Ryniak’s aesthetic style, such as chubby tummies, warts, wrinkles, small in scale and monochromatic (in most cases). This rich discussion lead to a series of sketches, where students could start to imagine their creature on paper. The following weeks were all about the 3D work. Students experienced working with clay – thank you to the mums who came and helped me during the clay lessons, you were lifesavers!! Students learnt about mixed-media by working with faux fur, beads, wire, tissue paper, pipe cleaners and faux leather. To finish, students had to fill out a self-reflection sheet, which encouraged them to think about their ideas, craftsmanship, problem-solving strategies and skills they learnt or needed to employ to create their sculpture. Watching the students rush over to their sculpture at the beginning of the lesson and excitedly gather their materials to start creating filled me with joy! I’m so proud of these kids and the amazing work they do! Hopefully you enjoy looking at the sculptures, as much as we enjoyed making them!
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.”
As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term the Grade 5/6s are focusing on the work of American sculptor, toy maker and drawer, Chris Ryniak. This week, students explored his work through rich discussions and developmental sketches. Next week we will bring these drawings to life, when students create their creatures out of clay!