Tag Archives: art education

Totem poles by Grade 3/4

Last term, Grade 3/4 students learnt all about totem poles from the Pacific Northwest. We looked at the artworks of the Haida people in particular. Students chose an animal and did a series of developmental sketches and drawings, followed by a collage as their final piece. These collages were then put together to form a totem pole. Over the term, students learnt about white settlement in America and the effect it had on the First People’s of America. It was interesting (and great) to hear some of the conversations around the unethical treatment of Native Americans and their cultural identity. Our students at Bell definitely have strong moral compasses. Students also learnt about the cultural significance of totem poles in Native American tribes and the meaning behind the chosen animals. If you would like to see this display, it’s just outside the art room in the main hallway.

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Moth relief artworks

Last term, Grade 1 and 2 students looked at the work of American artist, Yumi Okita. Over 11 weeks, students created these stunning moth relief artworks made from textiles, cardboard and feathers. This artwork allowed students to explore the tactile nature of fibres, with a focus on texture. You can view these works in the hallway of the main building.

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Shadow Boxes Part 1

The Grade 5/6s have spent the term creating whimsical and evocative shadow boxes. The design brief was to create a shadow box which showed depth and portrayed a theme, for example an emotion like fear or happiness. Students spent some weeks designing and experimenting with different materials and then started transforming their design sketches into 3D artworks. Students expressed themselves through these artworks in a very powerful and meaningful way and I believe that anyone looking at these works would agree. This project also gave the students the opportunity to work with a variety of different media.

The photos below are some snap shots of their work so far. Some are still in the process stage, whilst others are finished pieces. I will take some more photos of the finished works in a few weeks time. Enjoy!

Part 1: Moths by Grade 1/2s

This term the Grade 1/2s have been looking at the work of sculptor, Yumi Okita. They have been learning all about moths! Through their drawings and paintings, they have been learning about symmetry, texture and warm and cool colours. Their paintings show their understanding of these concepts wonderfully. The students are currently working on a mixed-media relief moth artwork, with fabric collaged wings. Watch this space in the next few weeks to see the final artworks!

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Beautiful Owl paintings

This term, Preps have been looking at the work of Mandy Pattullo and her fabric owl collages. The students have spent 5 weeks learning how to draw owls, painting them and they’re currently working on their own owl collages made from scrap material (thank you to all the mums that helped cut up the scraps!). These drawings and paintings are work the students have done in their art journals as part of the developmental process. The skill level is truly amazing! Stay tuned for their owl collages in the next few weeks!

Finally some good spray painting at Bell!!

Since Term One, the Grade 4 lunchtime art club have been working on three large-scale butterfly sculptures that will accompany the Australian native flora mural, which a parent committee are currently working on. Students used black-out plastic from last year’s BIFF that was used to block out the light in the theatres and repurposed it by weaving it onto the armature of the sculptures and then finally spray painting it.

At lunchtime today and part of session 5, the art club students spray painted their butterfly sculptures with patterns inspired by the colouration and markings of the indigenous butterfly, the Meadow Argus.

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Astronaut self-portraits!

As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term, Grade 3/4 students have been working on some out-of-this-world (haha) astronaut self-portraits! We read a book called If you decide to go to the moon  by Faith McNulty and then did some sketches of astronauts, followed by these final astronaut self-portraits, which focus on playing with perspective. The other component of the artwork was to create a galaxy and moon background using sponging and flicking painting techniques. These fun works are on display in the main building hallway and will soon be displayed in the office shortly too!

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The Little Gardener

This term senior art students read the book The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes and have created printed artworks inspired by her beautiful illustrations.

Students started off by looking at the illustrations and doing a series of sketches with a focus on detailed flora and the occasional fauna, such as worms and beetles. The students then picked parts of their drawings to turn into a collograph. A collograph is basically a fancy way of saying a stamp. Students printed their works using their collographs and once they were dry, they used fine-liners to add more detail. The results were truly stunning! They will be continuing this project into Term 2, so stay tuned for the next instalment.