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…some photos from Term 4, 2019

Last year’s Grade 1’s and 2’s looked at the work of contemporary artist Kate Shaw. Students made their own panoramic landscapes using paint pouring effects. Students also practiced collaboration when they created panoramic landscape drawings in groups. Here are some photos of what they created:

Some of the finished individual artworks…

Students paint pouring & assembling their individual artwork:

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The finished collaborative panoramic drawings:


Students working on their collaborative drawings:

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BSEM in Art

We have been using some of the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) tools such as the Ready-to-Learn scale in Art. During initial instructions, students show with 1, 2, or 3 fingers how ready they are to start their learning in Art. During independent learning, students then have an opportunity to use a ready to learn strategy or talk through an issue with the teacher.


I would just like to take this time to say goodbye and thank you for a wonderful 6 years at Bell Primary School. I have loved teaching art at Bell and will miss all my students dearly. They have always amazed me with their creativity and I look forward to seeing what they create in the future! I would also like to thank all the parents that have helped out in the art room over the years. I’m so very grateful because without your help I could not have run the projects I have. So thank you all and I look forward to popping back for visits along with my little one!

Much love,


Helpers needed

And so another year begins! Chelsea is need of some help in the art room. The details are:

  • Wednesday the 28th of Feb.
  • 8:50am – 9:50am
  • 6 spots
  • Help with cutting out the eyes on the Prep masks and other general art room jobs.
  • If you’d like to help out, please put your name down on the list on the art noticeboard outside the art room.

Your help would be much appreciated!

What’s happening in Music this term?

In Term One, Preps will be introduced to the foundations of music by exploring elements such as beat, pitch, dynamics and tempo. Students will use their voices, movement and instruments to express ideas and interpret sound and silence. We will also begin responding to music through simple listening tasks using a variety of genres and styles. Preps will play and sing songs and rhymes and explore contrasts in sounds. This term is also about learning the routines in the music room and respecting the instruments and equipment we use to express our creativity.

Grade 1 and 2
This term Grade 1 and 2 students will explore rhythmic and melodic patterns in music through the groovy books ‘Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons’ and ‘Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes’. Students will learn to sing these songs and identify the first beat in every bar as well as practice keeping a steady beat to the music. They will also compose and perform their own version of ‘Rocking in my School Shoes’ by completing a rhythmic template. Students will also learn to identify and play patterns in various nursery rhymes.

Grade 3 and 4
In Term One, Grade 3 and 4 students will be using the percussive colourful tubes called Boomwhackers to explore duration and dynamics. They will learn about time signatures by playing and singing songs that have three beats in a bar, as opposed to the conventional four beats. Students will have the opportunity to compose and perform their own Boomwhacker piece and learn to write and recognise notes in a Major scale using traditional notation. They will also experiment with simple chords and begin to understand how using these creates harmony in their piece.

Grade 5 and 6
This term Grade 5 and 6 students will be taking a groove-based approach to learning rhythmic patterns as a large whole-class ensemble. They will be exploring traditional Jamaican reggae and dancehall rhythms as well as Afro-Cuban tumbao patterns. Students will practice maintaining their part throughout the performances and explore ways to combine and extend musical ideas through improvisation. By interpreting graphic and traditional notation, students will explore different ways of communicating and expressing musical ideas using elements such as dynamics and articulation.

Parent helpers

Dear Parents,
Chelsea is in need of some parent helpers in the art room. The details are:
– Friday 10th Nov
– 9am – 10am
– Art Room
To help with
– Cutting up paper ready for the Grade 1/2s to use.
– Sharpening pencils
– Cutting out pre-drawn templates
– Sticking name-tags on new Prep art journals for 2018
If you would like to help out at all, it would be very much appreciated! Please put your name down on the sign-up sheet outside the art room, on the art notice board.

Prep Bushwalk artworks

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.

What’s happening in art this term?

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.