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.
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!
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!
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!
Over 6 weeks, the Preps have been working hard at creating beautifully coloured and detailed rosellas. First we learnt how to draw them, students then learnt how to use water-colour paints and lastly, Preps had the opportunity to use oil pastels on their birds’ wings to add pattern and colour. As well as the birds, the Preps have been collaborating to make a large mural, which their birds will be placed on, when the work is displayed in early Term 2. This project was a great one for exposing students to a variety of different art media. There are some photos below of their wonderful artworks – full of character, charm and skill!
Over the past 6 weeks, the Grade 1/2s have been looking at Gondi Tribal Art from India. Students started by drawing some developmental sketches of deer and birds. From these sketches, the students picked their favourite design and created a drawing using textas. The drawings were intricately detailed, vibrant and full of character. To see this display, visit the front entrance.
Following on from the owl collages, the Preps created these stunning peacock developmental sketches and finished collaged works. For the tail feathers, the students created patterns on dispersing paper with textas and then we used water to make the colours bleed into one another.
At the beginning of this term the Preps created these delightful owl collages. During class time we looked at different pictures of owls and discussed their features, read owl stories and I ran a series of guided drawing workshops to help the students feel confident to create their owl works. These wonderful works are housed in their art journals.