I hear that the students in Grades 3 and 4 have been driving their parents and classroom teachers bananas learning the Cup Song this term! Not only did we master this percussive piece and its tricky rhythms, but we also got creative and composed some cup songs of our own!
I’m very excited about my move to the Specialist Team to take on the role of Music teacher this year. I already know many of you in the Bell community and have had the pleasure of teaching some of your children here over the past few years, but for those of you I haven’t met, allow me to introduce myself…
My name is Milica (pronounced ‘Mili-tsa’) and I am known throughout the school as Ms S. This is my fifth year teaching at Bell, previously in the classroom. I have an extensive background in music and performance and hold an honours degree in Music. I’ve performed, recorded and toured all around Australia and overseas – from dingy bars in London to the Sydney Opera House and Woodford Folk Festival. My first overseas tour was to Japan at the age of 16 years playing bass guitar. So you could say I have long had a passion for music! I have run the Grade 5/6 Band at Bell for many years and now look forward to further developing the school music program.
To get the year off to a good start, the music room has been revamped. Special thanks to P.E teacher Josh for his handyman skills. Here’s a sneak peek!
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.
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:
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!
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!
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.
The very rainy opening ceremony. Gamelan workshop. Interactive Manga Wall. The Cherry Blossom Comment Tree. Classroom displays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.