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.
In Term 2, Preps will continue to build on their knowledge of the foundations of music including beat, pitch, dynamics and tempo. They will explore melody by singing and moving to various nursery rhymes and songs. They will also begin to learn to sing the national anthem. Preps will explore rhythm by creating simple beats and actions within a song. Students will practise identifying emotions such as happy and sad when listening to a range of different music styles. They will also look at rhythm and rhyme in simple chants and raps.
Grade 1 and 2
In Term 2, Grade 1 and 2 students will be focusing on singing and movement through simple chants and songs. They will be introduced to the concept of vocal improvisation and techniques such as ‘call and response’ and will experiment with these musical ideas through interactive singing and play. Students will learn to sing West African welcome song ‘Funga Alafia’ along with the accompanying actions and body percussion parts. They will also work on performing the vocal melody on instruments such as the xylophone and metallophone.
Grade 3 and 4
In Term 2, Grade 3 and 4 students will be learning about the ukulele. They will learn how to play some simple and more complex chords through ‘call and response’ patterns. By combining downstroke and upstroke strumming, they will attempt various strumming patterns within different songs. Students will learn to play popular Australian song ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy and will work towards a class performance with a backing track. They will practise reading and following chord charts and diagrams and learn the difference between chords and a melody.
Grade 5 and 6
Good Golly Miss Molly! Term 2 for Grade 5 and 6 students is all about exploring the Blues! Through listening examples, they will learn about the history and characteristics of the Blues and how important this style of music was to the development of popular music. Students will learn how build a chord and perform a 12 Bar Blues chord progression on the keyboard, xylophone, ukulele and boomwhackers. They will work on developing their improvisation skills by building on simple melodies using the Blues scale. Students will arrange and perform their own Blues composition in small groups.
In Term 2, Grade 5/6 students studied the history of Hip-Hop music and its cultural significance. They learnt various rap skills and techniques and also had first-hand tips from local MCs Mantra, Grey Ghost and Class A during the hip-hop incursion. They combined all this knowledge and composed their own raps. With a focus on technology, students created their own backing tracks using the GarageBand software and rehearsed and recorded their raps on iPads. Check out some of these skillzz yo!
Mira, Ruby, Sienna, Clarisse
Isabelle, Ella, Akira, Ivy
Edwin, Max, Leo, Thomas C
Ben, Thomas H, Kiam, Lili
Bili, Harrison, Sean
Violet, Anna, Henry, Arel
Claire, Zoe, Dulcie, Stacey
Dom, Connor, Odin, Anton
Maggie, Yasmin, Mitchell, Angus
Caspian, Winnie, Sunday, EJ
Sean, Luke, Thomas, Raymond
Milla, Harriet, Elliott, Herb
Alice L, Grace, Itana, Abby
Sam, Cooper, Otto, Finn E
Kisha, Darcy, Ellison, Amir
Lulu, Kleo, Jessie, Josh, Ruby
Quinn, Winter, Kyan, Riley
Alice H, Verity, Ellis, Finn B
Henry, Lily, Gus, Malachy
Emily, Nishi, Izzy, Sarah
Theo, Tom H, Ben, Beck
Paige, Delia, Caitlin, Taylah
Josh, Zac, Connor, Kes, Joe
Lucas, Thomas G, Tinu, Charlotte
Emily, Poppy, Bella, Ella
Mia F, Anine, Chloe, Niamh
Archer, Josh, Charlie, Matteo
Mia P, Eve, Acacia
Reilly, Connor, Evan
Taj, Thomas, Liam, Gilbert
This term Grade 3 and 4 students have been working in small groups to write and perform their own raps. They used a template to structure their composition and had to rehearse and perform their rap to a backing track. Grade 3 students focused on performance and Grade 4 students focused on recording using the GarageBand software and created their own backing tracks.
Grade 1 and 2 students worked very hard on their Animal Raps this term. Each group chose a different animal and brainstormed some words and ideas for their rap. They then had to think of rhymes that would suit their animal and write their rap using a composition template. As a class, the students chose some drum and bass loops using the GarageBand software to create a backing track for their class rap. They then had to practise along to the backing track and finally record their raps using an iPad. We even had to wear headphones like in a real recording studio!! Yo, yo…check below to hear our class animal raps and see what we got up to…
Preps have been very busy in music this term! After performing at the Grandparents and Special Persons Day, they started working on changing the pitch of their voices (moving notes up and down to create a singing voice) and using clapping accurately in a song. Here are some examples!
Last Thursday saw Bell Primary School celebrate international Make Music Day 2018 by holding a lunchtime concert on the Basketball Court. The Grade 5/6 Rock Band and Senior Vocal Ensemble performed some music for students (and some visiting parents and family members) during their lunch break. What a fantastic celebration it was!
During Term 2, students in grades Prep, 1 and 2 have had the opportunity to come along to a lunchtime club once a week in the Music room called ‘Junior Jam Club’. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t actually make strawberry jam, we play music together and try different instruments we’ve never tried before. It’s so much fun!
The Grade 5/6s have been hard at work this term creating these beautiful Japanese koi scroll artworks. The focus for this artwork was on drawing anatomically correct fish and showing movement and rhythm in the water. The students used water colour paints, decorative paper, wooden sticks and wool. What I find interesting is that all the students have created very unique artworks, despite the fact they all painted the same type of fish, koi. If you would like to see these artworks up close, there is a display in the front office and in the main hallway. Enjoy!