In Term 2, students will be making a collage based on the story book The Blue Frog and the Legend of Chocolate. They will learn about characters from Aztec mythology; the Sun God, Wind God, Rana Azul, the blue frog, and of course they will learn about how chocolate is made. During the collage making process, students will experience range of materials and techniques including stamping with acrylic paint, mixing colours with ink wash and crayon resist. They will also practice paper craft techniques including folding and cutting to create symmetrical shapes, fringing, scrunching and layering.
Grade 1 and 2
In term 2, students will be making a collage of a pinata party scene. They will be introduced to the subject matter by reading The Pinata that the Farm Maiden Hung and then they will learn about the artist Diego Rivera. They will discuss how his large mural paintings show a narrative and look closely at his painting ‘La Pinata’. Student will have opportunities to further develop their figure drawing skills when they photograph each other in different poses and use these as a reference for their drawings.
Grade 3 and 4
In term 2, students will create an artwork based on the folk art of Sacred Heart Milagros which were traditionally used as good luck charms or to heal the sick. They will learn about the cultural and historical context of these objects which the Spanish brought to Mexico during colonisation. They will create their own design by including symbols of personal significance then etch this into silver cardboard and decorate with pattern and colour. Students will also learn about the conventions of folk art as a distinctive style.
Grade 5 and 6
In term 2, students will create Alebrije monsters which are made by combining different animal features into a fantasy creature. We will use Chromebooks to individualise the project by enabling students to collect their own animal inspiration images. Students will make their Alebrijes with paper mâché and decorate with bright colours and pattern. Although these creatures are not a traditional part of Day of the Dead celebrations, they are featured in the animated film Coco. Students will also learn about the conventions of folk art as a distinctive style.
I am so excited to be teaching art this year and to share my passion for this subject with students. As many of you will know I have been a classroom teacher at Bell Primary for four years. Running after school and holiday art workshops, painting a mural as an artist in residence at Fitzroy Primary and Loyola Collage, and being the volunteer and schools program coordinator at Seventh Artist Run Space in Fitzroy is just some of the previous experience that I bring to this new role.
Last year I traveled in the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America. Some highlights included hiking in icy Patagonia, seeing a wild leopard in the Amazonian jungle in Bolivia and painting a large mural for a café as part as a work exchange. I also spent around a month in Oaxaca, Mexico which is known for it’s strong cultural heritage and I have drawn on this experience to plan this term’s Mexican Folk Art unit.
As part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term the Preps have been learning all about the ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet. Ancient Egyptian’s believed Bastet was the goddess of love, family and the home. In many artistic representations she is depicted as having the body of a woman and the head of a cat. Through a series of guiding drawing lessons, Preps learnt how to draw a cat, followed by learning how to use watercolour paints. Preps also had the opportunity to practice their fine-motor skills by cutting and gluing a border around their artwork, which demonstrated basic collaging skills.
This term we’ve be learning about indigenous art. We read a book by Bronwyn Bancroft called Shapes of Australia and made abstract artworks inspired by a tree canopy illustration in the book. Students practiced their fine-motor skills by carefully tracing different sized circles and cutting them out. Students used a variety of different mediums including paint, paper, silver pens and permanent textas to create these beautifully vibrant artworks.
Last term, we read the book Rabbityness by Jo Empson and Prep students created two vibrant and colourful artworks! The first artwork was focused on printmaking. Students used a variety of different stamps and stencils to create an abstract background for their black rabbit. We learnt how to draw rabbits too! The second work was all about musical instruments. Students used ink and practiced their drip painting techniques to create another abstract background. Students did a series of drawings of musical instruments and picked their favourite one to use on their ink background. Students used permanent markers and oil pastels to create their musical instrument drawings. Drawing musical instruments is quite technical, so well done to the Preps! You did a fantastic job! These wacky artworks are on display for you to enjoy in the hallway in the main building!
Let us never feel like this guy in the art room again!
Chelsea and the students have been very busy in art drawing sketches of what they would like to be when they grow up!! Bell Fundraising have turned these sketches into artwork which will be printed onto Tea Towels. Each class has their own unique artwork.
Funds raised from this fundraiser will go towards the new air conditioner in the art room. So please, if there’s ever a time to buy up big, it’s this year!
Tea Towels will be on sale on QKR! for $12 each and, as you know, make a wonderful Christmas present!! Orders will be open until the end of the school holidays.
Printmaking and Etching for Prep, Grade 1/2 and Grade 5/6
As part of the printmaking and etching unit, Prep students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different printmaking tools to create a vibrant artwork inspired by Erin Lawings’ book, Rabbityness. This artwork will encourage students to explore different textures and patterns, whilst learning about abstract art and repetition. In the second half of the term, students will be creating artworks inspired by Paul Klee’s Castle and the sun (1928), with a focus on colour and shape.
Grade 1 & 2
Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring printmaking by creating a garden inspired artwork, based on the book The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes. This artwork will enable students to compose a print using layers of detail and texture. Students will create abstract prints, which will then be cut up to form leaves and flowers for their printed collage. In the last weeks of the term, students will study and sketch botanical specimens, before turning them into prints using foam board. The focus for this artwork will be on line and repetition.
Grade 5 & 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be comparing two books, Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak. Students will discuss the similar and differing thematics of the books and draw on the ideas within these books to use as inspiration to create an etching artwork. In the second half of the term, students will make a foam board print based on anatomical drawings of insects. Through these projects, students will explore the relationship between light and dark and negative and positive space.
Last term, the Preps made these beautifully detailed Ming Vase artworks. This project helped students develop their artistic skills by allowing them to practice their cutting, drawing and painting techniques. Students learnt about the history of Ming vases and about art terminology such as, monochromatic, meaning one colour (in this artworks’ case, a one coloured artwork). Students also learnt about the cultural significance of Chinese dragons. These artworks will be on a display in the coming week.
The Preps will be creating two major works. They will learn about the significance and symbolism of koi (carp) in Japanese culture by creating their very own Koinobori (koi kites). The students will then move on to Ming Vases, where they will learn about the painting techniques of these exquisite ceramic works. Students will create a mixed-media artwork incorporating a painting of the vase containing cherry blossoms made from paper and paint.
The Year 1 and 2s will travel west to China where they will be exploring the history of the Chinese Willow design and will learn about the relationship between the Industrial era of England and how it’s porcelain industry was influenced by the East. They will then create their very own plate inspired by the Chinese Willow designs. Following on from this work, students will travel further east to Japan, where they will look at the work of renowned contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama. Students will create a spotty pumpkin artwork, inspired by Kusama’s famous works Infinity Mirrored Room – All the eternal love I have for the pumpkins (2016).
The Year 3 and 4s will learn about the history of Japanese landscape art, in particular woodblock printing and ink paintings. Students will compose a painting inspired by a Japanese landscape and then transform their painting into their very own Japanese lantern. During this unit, students will look at the work of master woodblock artist, Hokusai.
The Year 5 and 6s will learn about and discuss the cultural symbolism of Koi in Japanese history and create their very own koi scroll painting using watercolour paints and Asian inspired collaging papers.