Category Archives: Term 3

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!

 

 

Film Composition with Grade 3/4

After having fun with exploring composition with shapes and visual patterns, Grade 3/4 decided that the best way to continue with this medium was to explore film composition. And what better film excerpts could there be than those from Disney’s Fantasia and Dumbo, two movies with fantastic music and animation! Using their class Ipad’s each 3/4 class split into four separate groups and began scoring the soundtrack for their films. The soundtracks were then performed and recorded in front of the class while watching the films on “the big screen”. An excellent level of artistic and musical maturity was demonstrated by ALL of the students involved. It was a true privilege to watch the students work on this task. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

Aurora Borealis Soundscape Compositions with the Preps

Inspired by the fantastic visual artworks created with Chelsea of The Northern Lights, the Preps decided that they would like to be able to represent the colours they could see with sound. Each class selected certain instruments that they played in specific ways to represent the different colours in the Aurora Borealis. After some rehearsal, they then performed these soundscapes while watching the video as I recorded their performance. I think you’ll agree that this shows great maturity and commitment for Prep classes, particularly with not making any “voice noises” while we were recording. I also think you can really hear the different personalities of all of our Prep classes in the music we hear them create. Have fun watching and listening!

Grade 3/4 Compositions

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:

 

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