Last term students in Grade 5 and 6 looked at the work of indigenous artist, Reko Rennie. Students watched interviews with Reko Rennie, which I used as a springboard for discussion around the ethics of street art and the differences between graffiti and street art. Through these rich discussions, students formed interesting perspectives on what they believed justified ‘good’ street art. Reko Rennie uses the diamond motif regularly in his work, which we learnt links to a masculine symbol from his mob. Students incorporated the diamond motif along with an Australian animal of their choice. By using fluro colours, students were able to blend the contemporary with their knowledge of the diamond motif.
In Term 4 last year, the Grade 1/2 students looked at the work of Wurundjeri artist, Judy Nicholson. Students learnt about Wurundjeri dreamtime stories, with a specific focus on Bunjil the creator spirit. Using painting and printmaking techniques, students created these beautiful depictions of Bunjil, which also incorporate elements of the Aboriginal flag. In Grade 2 students used foam boards to print their Bunjil design. The Grade 1s used black markers to draw their Bunjil. This was a great introductory project for students to learn more about Wurundjeri culture and the first people’s of Australia.
In Term 4, Prep students explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and music. They played and composed simple rhythms on the Aboriginal clap sticks and experimented with using symbols to represent long and short sounds. Preps created an animal soundscape based on the book ‘An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals’ by Indigenous Australian artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Here are some examples:
This term the Grade 3/4s learnt about a collaborative project between Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney, a Wiradjuri artist, cultural astronomer Trevor Leaman and Wiradjuri filmmaker Dave Towney. Scott Towney created his own artistic interpretations of Wiradjuri constellations studied by Trevor Leaman. Dave Towney filmed the nights sky over Wiradjuri country. Together, they erected an inflatable dome, projected Dave Towney’s film on to the dome and layered on top were Scott Towney’s artistic interpretations of the Wiradjuri constellations. You can learn more about it here: https://bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com/projects/wiradjuri-constellation-art
We looked at the different Wiradjuri constellations and students picked their favourite one to draw. They then created a foam board print, which they stuck on to a starry background they created in earlier weeks. This was a really unique and interesting project, which allowed students to interpret the sky from a different perspective. Different from that of a white colonial interpretation. Students also had the opportunity to try their hand at foam board printing and the results were wonderful!
Over two terms the students in the Junior Art Extension class have been working on these wild, wacky and colourful bird sculptures. We started off by sketching and painting different exotic birds. Students then created papier-mâché bodies and the rocks using polystyrene balls and newspaper. They then used clay to create the beak, pompoms and googly eyes to make the eyes and pipe cleaners for the feet. Students also painted paper and used that to create feathers for their birds. This was a great project for students to experience working in a 3D medium with a variety of different mediums.
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!
This term the Grade 5/6s are making Japanese koi scroll artworks. During the past few weeks, students have been sketching and painting koi in preparation for their final work. Here are some beautiful process shots of them exploring different approaches to drawing and painting the koi. Watch this space in the next few weeks to see their final works!
This term in art it’s all about masks! The Preps have been learning to draw and paint lions, whilst learning about the developmental process of art. This unit will culminate in each Prep student creating a lion mask, but before we get to that, students have been building on their skills of drawing and painting. Below are a few shots of their developmental lion paintings. There will be a display in the main hallway soon!
As part of the Native American Art unit this term, the Grade 5/6s have been looking at Warrior and Medicine shields from the People of the Plains. Students learnt about the culture and artwork of the First Peoples of America, in particular the Lakota and Sioux tribes and created their very own artwork inspired by these shields. The focus was on colour and creating a work that had flow and harmony. The time, detail and craftsmanship that the students demonstrated is pretty incredible! What a great work to finish the year off!