This term Grade 3 and 4 students have been learning about the medieval art of Illuminated Letters. Students learnt about the monks who produced the scriptures, the materials used to make the artworks and how gold was transformed into gold leaf to be used in the artworks. Over the term, students practiced writing the first letter of their name in medieval fonts and Celtic knots. They then chose an animal that they felt represented their personality to integrate into the design of their artwork. Here is a selection of their wonderful work!
As part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term the Preps have been learning all about the ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet. Ancient Egyptian’s believed Bastet was the goddess of love, family and the home. In many artistic representations she is depicted as having the body of a woman and the head of a cat. Through a series of guiding drawing lessons, Preps learnt how to draw a cat, followed by learning how to use watercolour paints. Preps also had the opportunity to practice their fine-motor skills by cutting and gluing a border around their artwork, which demonstrated basic collaging skills.
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.
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:
In Term 4, Grade 5 and 6 students explored Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music by analysing modern Indigenous songs and their significance in Australian culture. They learned the song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ through student-led workshops using voice, keyboard, guitar and percussion to arrange, rehearse and perform the song as a class.
During our unit on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, Grade 1 and 2 worked on the song Belle Mama. They added the actions to the song and also practised singing it in a ’round’. Here is a sample:
This term, Grade 3 and 4 students have been exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music. They learned the song ‘Taba Naba’ from the Torres Strait Islands and performed it along with the accompanying ‘sit-down’ dance. 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!