Last term we read the book The Bushwalk By Sandra Kendell and Prep students created a bushwalk artwork using soil, dry pastels for the gum leaves and footprints and paint for their animal. This was a great artwork as it allowed students to work with a variety of different mediums. Students could pick between a range of different Australian animals to put on their artwork, which let them have a more independent drawing experience than in previous terms. Below are some photos of their fantastic work! You can also visit the display, just on the left as you walk down the hallway in the main building.
Art of the First Peoples of America
As part of the Native North American Art Unit this term, Preps will be learning about artwork unique to Navajo people, with a particular focus on pattern and repetition. Using paper, pastels and paints, students will work on a series of experimental artworks in their art journals, inspired by the bead and pattern work of Navajo people. With this experience, students will incorporate this pattern work into an artwork inspired by intricately decorated cradleboards – “A pouch-like bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back”. Through this unit, students will learn about the craftwork of Navajo people and the cultural significance behind some of their artwork.
Grade 1 and 2
This term is all about the art of Native Americans. Students in Grade 1 and 2 will be learning about the Sioux tribes and their traditional (post-colonisation) beaded vests. Like the Preps, students will work on a series of experimental pattern artworks in their art journals, before using brown paper to create their own Sioux inspired vest artwork. The focus for this artwork is on the traditional patterns and animals depicted in the beadwork and clothing of Sioux tribes. From an anthropological perspective, students will also have the opportunity to learn about the preparation of buffalo and deer hides and the craft techniques of clothing made by Sioux people.
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 3 and 4 students will create a mixed-media artwork from clay and yarn as part of the Native North American Art Unit this term. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the textiles and ceramics of Navajo people. They will then combine this knowledge to create an artwork that is inspired by these elements. In phase one, students will create a clay loom influenced by the patterns and colours of Navajo ceramics. In phase two, once their clay loom is dry, students will use yarn to weave either a horizontal or spiral design into their clay loom, giving them an understanding of traditional weaving techniques used by Navajo people.
Grade 5 and 6
Students in Grade 5 and 6 will spend the term creating artworks inspired by warrior and medicine shields used by the Plains people during combat. Students will have the opportunity to create either an animal or geometric inspired shield using paint, paper and beads. During this process, students will learn about the cultural significance and differences between the shields and why they were an important symbolic and defensive part of the Plains people’s culture.
The Grade 5/6s are doing an artwork that requires each student to use a small box. If you have any boxes that are about the size of a large box of teabags, like the picture below, could you please donate it to the art room? Large cereal boxes and shoes boxes are too big and small teabag boxes are too small. Somewhere in between would be ideal. Myself and the 5/6s thank you kindly!
We are VERY excited to be presenting the incredible Mal Webb at Bell Primary School on Wednesday 31st May for a whole school incursion to support the rhythmic and beatboxing units throughout the Music program in Term 2.
Around the world and into your brain, vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal Webb sings his songs about all manner of stuff. He’s like Bobby McFerrin, Skrillex and Cole Porter playing scrabble. Family fun free from facile frippery. We can’t wait!
For those that don’t know, I will be away for the whole of Term 2, as I’m jet setting around Europe! I will miss all the kids, but as one of my fabulous students asked me today, “When you go on your holiday, will you be looking at lots of art to get good ideas and bring them back to do with us?” and the answer to that is a big YES! Good luck next term my mini artists and I look forward to hearing about all the wonderful artworks you created in Term 2 when I get back! See you in term 3!
I am very excited to announce that this year there will be two Grade 5/6 ensembles running to support a music extension program: 5/6 Band and Senior Vocal Ensemble. Over 50 students across the 5/6 cohort auditioned for very limited places in these ensembles and I was completely blown away by the amount of talent we have here at Bell. It made my job narrowing it down to a smaller group VERY difficult. I’d like to commend all those students who auditioned and hope to provide as many opportunities as I can for all students to perform at some point this year.
A big CONGRATULATIONS to those students who were successful in their auditions. I look forward to working with you all in developing your musical skills and passion for Music and the Arts.