This semester, the Junior Art Extension Class have been creating these beautiful abstract textile artworks. Students used cold wax and fabric dyes and learnt embroidery. Embroidery is quite a hard skill that requires a long time to master and I think these students are well on their way to being wonderful embroiders if they keep up the practice!
The Junior Art Extension Class has been looking at the elusive and mysterious textile works of artist Soy Un Babar. Students have been blind folded and asked to draw a series of portraits in grey lead and they have also created overlapping face portraits, in which they weren’t allowed to take their pencil off the paper. After doing weeks of developmental work, the students then created a portrait sketch which they transferred on to cotton and used cold wax and fabric dyes to add colour and line to their faces. In the coming weeks, students will be using fabric markers to add fine detail to the portraits and will be embroiding over the faces with colourful thread. Here are some snaps from the developmental phases.
As most of you know, this year I am running a pilot program, which aims to give gifted students in the arts 100 minutes of art each week, instead of 50 minutes. The Junior Art Extension Class has been looking at the work of Jephan de Villiers , a French artist, who creates whimsical and peculiar sculptures of figures from natural materials. The students have spent upwards of 8 weeks on them and they are nearly all finished! The degree of attention to detail, technique, craftsmanship and composition of their pieces is astounding. They have captured the essence of de Villiers’ work beautifully and their level of skill at such a young age is quite inspiring. There will be a display coming soon!
Stuart – “My artwork is about two people who meet at a tree. They cover the tree in leaves. Then they had babies and they made the tree into their home.”
Zoe – “My artwork looks like lots of amazed people looking out from a large hole in a hollow tree. The little people are looking at a group of ginormous people having a picnic.”