Category Archives: Art Club

Desert Film Music with Grade 1/2.

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.

Well done Grade 1/2!

 

 

What are we doing in art this term?

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The Preps will use a variety of different media, such as pastels, collaging papers and paint to create desert and aurora borealis landscapes. Whilst creating the desert landscape and the aurora borealis landscape artworks, students will learn about scale, shape, colour and line. Students will also look at the work of Paul Klee and do a series of lessons on shape, to learn how shapes can be transformed into pictures and art. For example, when a square becomes 3D it is called a cube. The Preps will use pastels to create a work inspired by Klee’s famous cubist castles.

Grade 1 and 2 will first explore the work of contemporary artist, Sushe Felix from Colorado. Students will make their own stencils and use them to create a desert landscape using dry pastels. During this work, students will learn about colour, perspective, scale and repetition. Taking a completely different approach to landscapes, students will then create a city skyline painting, which will focus on reflections. In this work, students will learn what reflection is and how and why reflections are distorted. Students will employ skills in colour, scale and shape. Their final work will be a cardboard cactus sculpture accompanied by a painted desert backdrop. This work will allow students to explore working in 3D.

Grade 3 and 4 will be exploring the architecture of traditional Dutch canal houses (grachtenpand) from the 17th century. Students will be looking at the architectural features unique to Dutch canal houses and will recreate their own miniature sculpture inspired by these beautiful historic homes. Although, creating a house is not a landscape, when the work is displayed the houses will be lined up next to each other to create an urban landscape. This process of production will allow students to understand how designers and artists work in collaborative settings, such as set design for films such as Wallace and Gromit. The second work Grade 3 and 4 students will be creating is a lunar landscape. Students will look at a range of sci-fi landscapes and create their own greyscale landscape, whilst employing elements of line, shape and shading. Grade 3/4 students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Sustainable Art Club Friday lunchtimes in the art room, starting Friday the 31st of July.

Grade 5 and 6 will look at the paper installation work of Hort, a studio/multidisciplinary creative hub based out of Germany. Students will create a work in which a piece of paper is ripped back to reveal a natural landscape, surrounded by an urban concrete jungle. This work will encourage students to think about contrasting environments and environmental issues. This work will also allow students to develop their designing, drawing, painting, scale and perspective skills. Following on from this, students will look at the work of contemporary artist Courtney Mattison from San Francisco. Mattison creates large-scale ceramic installations of coral reefs, which respond to the devastating human impact on the world’s oceans. Students will create their own coral reef sculptures made from clay and when displayed, the sculptures will combine to form a large-scale reef sculpture inspired by Mattison’s work. During this project, students will explore the tactile experience of working with clay, whilst developing their skills in construction, form, detail and colour.

– Chelsea Kneale

Bell Biennale

Here are some wonderful photos from the Bell Biennale. Thank you Mardi for taking these beautiful photos, you have really captured the night for us!

Exhibition Space

Japanese lanterns and Barong masks by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese dragon puppets and Japanese koi scrolls by Grade 5/6 students. Indian Holi elephants by Asia Art Club. Chelsea dressed up in a kimono and a few students from the junior school dressed in asian costumes!

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Music Performances

Gamelan Ensemble by Grade 3/4 students. Chinese Luogu Ensemble by Grade 5/6 students. Grade 3/4 Bollywood Dance Club performance at the opening ceremony.

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The very rainy opening ceremony. Gamelan workshop. Interactive Manga Wall. The Cherry Blossom Comment Tree. Classroom displays.

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What’s happening in art this term?

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This semester in art the students will be discovering Asian Art. The Preps will be creating a large-scale collaborative Chinese Dragon. Students will learn about colour and texture, whilst creating two dragon scales using a variety of different media. We will then travel east to Japan, where students will learn about the cultural significance of koi and will create their very own koi kites using dispersing paper and paints. In addition to these works, the students will look at Hokusai’s Great Wave painting and will then create their own painting inspired by the movement and colour of the original painting. These are just some of the many art pieces the students will create in the Asian Art unit this semester at bell. There will be a special assembly on the 16th of February, which will announce an exciting art event happening later in the year.
Grade 1/2
This semester in art the students will be discovering Asian Art. Students will learn about Gond tribal art from the Gondi people of central India. While working on their drawing skills, students will use markers to create vibrant drawings of animals in the Gond tribal art aesthetic. Moving east, students will being immersed in Chinese art, with a particular focus on the iconic willow design. By learning about monochromatic colour schemes, students will create their own willow design plate. These are just some of the many art pieces the students will create in the Asian Art unit this semester at bell. There will be a special assembly on the 16th of February, which will announce an exciting art event happening later in the year.
Grade 3/4
This semester in art the students will be discovering Asian Art. We will be travelling north to Indonesia to learn about Barong masks. The students will learn about the cultural and historical significance of Barong masks in Indonesia and will then create their own mask. We will then be travelling east to Japan, where the students will learn about kimonos and will create a mixed-media self-portrait with the kimono as the focal point. There will be a special assembly on the 16th of February, which will announce an exciting art event happening later in the year.
Grade 5/6
This semester in art the students will be discovering Asian Art. In art we will be travelling north-west to China to learn all about the cultural significance of the Chinese Dragon. Armed with this knowledge, the students will create their very own dragon puppets using cardboard, paint and fabric. Following on from this, we will be heading further east to Japan, where students will be looking at the work of contemporary illustrator Yoko Furusho. Students will design and create a landscape inspired by Furusho’s illustrations. There will be a special assembly on the 16th of February, which will announce an exciting art event happening later in the year.
Asian Art Club Term 1 and 2
On Friday lunchtimes students will have the opportunity to create large-scale works in the Asian Art Club. It will be held in the art room and run by Chelsea and other classroom teachers.
– Chelsea (Visual Arts teacher)

Poppy dedications

Hi Everyone

Gill and I are well on our way to creating our school poppy/ANZAC display. We are inviting students, staff and parents to dedicate a poppy to a family member that has served in any war that Australia was a part of (not just WW1). This does not just extend to soldiers. Students can dedicate a poppy to an army nurse, signal communication officer (male and female), stretcher man, doctor etc in their family.

To dedicate a poppy, you must:

– Write their full name and the war they fought in on a piece of paper.
– Give the piece of paper to me.
– If I’m not in the art room, I will have a shoe box near my whiteboard where you can put your dedications.
– We would be very appreciative if students/staff got these dedications to us by the end of the week, as we will need to collect them, transfer the names onto calico and stitch them to the back of the poppies.

Below are some snaps from Poppy Club and the display near the office – enjoy!

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Year 1/2 special poppy art lesson!

Unfortunately the junior school has missed out on poppy club because the Years 3 – 6s have taken longer than we thought to create their poppies. So, being mindful of this over the past two weeks I was on the look out for exceptionally hard working Year 1/2 students that could form my special poppy making class this morning. The students created a wonderful paper poppy each that will become part of our ANZAC display. Here are some gorgeous pics of this fun activity!

Welcome


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Welcome Parents, Teachers, Guardians, Grandparents, Friends and of course the stars of the blog, the Students!

This blog is a way to share the wonderful artwork and music that the students have created at Bell P.S. Sometimes you might like to see what students are doing in other year levels different from your own child’s or you may just be curious to see what your child is up to in music or the art room. This blog is a facilitator for just that and will keep you up-to-date with your child’s artistic education.

This blog will operate as an online gallery and will be updated as students finish their works and also during the process of work. So, it would be wise to save this page as a bookmark on your computer so you never miss a post!

We are delighted to share the artwork and music of Bell Primary School’s students with you all and we hope you enjoy celebrating their artistic successes.

Please use the categories listed in the right hand sidebar to find grade related posts eg: If you are looking for Prep Art you can select the category “Art Prep” and you will then see all the latest posts of the Preps enjoying art.

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– Andrew (music) and Chelsea (art)

Poppy Club

Starting Monday the 17th of Feb there will be a Poppy club in the art room from 1:40 – 2:20. What does the Poppy club entail you ask? Students will be knitting poppies and making felt poppies for our school ANZAC memorial. In addition to our school memorial, the Poppies will eventually be sent to the 5,000 Poppies project where they will be exhibited along with many others at Federation Square in 2015.

To start with, the Poppy Club will be open to students in Years 3 – 6 and later in the term it will be open to Prep – Year 2. If anyone has any red, black or green felt and/or wool they would like to donate it would be much appreciated! For those parents who are interested in helping with the club, please pop in after school to arrange the details.

Gill, Kellie and myself are looking forward to working with the children on this meaningful project.

– Chelsea

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