As part of the Ancient Art unit this term the Grade 1s and 2s have been doing some portrait sketch studies inspired by ancient Egyptian Pharaohs . Their attention to detail and ‘free’ drawing style is simply amazing. This is the first stage of the project, so stayed tuned for more about these portraits in the coming weeks!
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.
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.
This term we’ve be learning about indigenous art. We read a book by Bronwyn Bancroft called Shapes of Australia and made abstract artworks inspired by a tree canopy illustration in the book. Students practiced their fine-motor skills by carefully tracing different sized circles and cutting them out. Students used a variety of different mediums including paint, paper, silver pens and permanent textas to create these beautifully vibrant artworks.
Last term we focused on printmaking. We read the book by Emily Hughes The Little Gardener and then students created abstract prints using stamp printing and stencilling techniques. Students then used those abstract prints by cutting them up and turning them into flowers and plants. These beautiful works are on display in the main hallway, but only for a few weeks, so don’t miss out on seeing them!
As part of the printmaking unit last term, Grade 5/6 students created these wonderful insect prints using the form board printing technique. Students did a series of grey lead sketches of different insects and then created a watercolour painting in their art journal of their chosen insect. Through video tutorials and experimentation students learnt how to use watercolour paints to create tone and shading. Students then created their prints and came up with unique ideas about how they were going to display them. Here are some photos of their fantastic work!
Last term, we read the book Rabbityness by Jo Empson and Prep students created two vibrant and colourful artworks! The first artwork was focused on printmaking. Students used a variety of different stamps and stencils to create an abstract background for their black rabbit. We learnt how to draw rabbits too! The second work was all about musical instruments. Students used ink and practiced their drip painting techniques to create another abstract background. Students did a series of drawings of musical instruments and picked their favourite one to use on their ink background. Students used permanent markers and oil pastels to create their musical instrument drawings. Drawing musical instruments is quite technical, so well done to the Preps! You did a fantastic job! These wacky artworks are on display for you to enjoy in the hallway in the main building!
As part of the Etching and Printmaking unit this term, Grade 5/6 students have created these emotionally evocative etchings. We read Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak and compared the themes. Through group discussions, students concluded that the books focused on loneliness, light and dark and self-reflective journey’s. Students created a series of sketches in their art journals and then chose their favourite drawing to use as inspiration for their etching. There is a display of these fascinating works just outside David and Marg’s offices’.