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Grade 1/2 Garden print collages

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!


This semester students in the Junior Art Extension Class have been looking at the work of collaborative duo, Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao, AKA Chiaozza (www.eternitystew.com). The students started with experimental sketches and paintings, followed by small clay ‘plant’ sculptures and culminated in creating larger papier-mâché plant sculptures. This project allowed students to work with a variety of different mediums and explore different colour and pattern combinations. The results are fantastic, hope you enjoy them as much we enjoyed making them!

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.

Junior Art Extension Class

As most of you know, this year I am running a pilot program, which aims to give gifted students in the arts 100 minutes of art each week, instead of 50 minutes. The Junior Art Extension Class has been looking at the work of Jephan de Villiers , a French artist, who creates whimsical and peculiar sculptures of figures from natural materials. The students have spent upwards of 8 weeks on them and they are nearly all finished! The degree of attention to detail, technique, craftsmanship and composition of their pieces is astounding. They have captured the essence of de Villiers’ work beautifully and their level of skill at such a young age is quite inspiring. There will be a display coming soon!

Stuart – “My artwork is about two people who meet at a tree. They cover the tree in leaves. Then they had babies and they made the tree into their home.”

Zoe – “My artwork looks like lots of amazed people looking out from a large hole in a hollow tree. The little people are looking at a group of ginormous people having a picnic.”

Grade 5/6 lanterns

In term one, Grade 5/6 students created these exquisite tetrahedron lanterns. The students had to design and make a lantern that expressed some memorable learning they have done at school or the natural environment of the school grounds. They were all so different, which made them look even more interesting en masse. Below are some photos of the process and the final artworks. If you would like to see this display, please visit the hallway in the main building.

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Desert landscapes by the Preps

Over five weeks the Preps focused on desert landscapes and learnt about silhouettes, the horizon line and how to draw a cactus, whilst implementing drawing and painting skills. These works definitely deserve pride of place on the fridge!

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Yayoi Kusama inspired pumpkins

As part of the Pop Art unit this term, the Grade 1 and 2 students looked at the pumpkin sculptures of Yayoi Kusama, one of the most famous Pop Artists out of Japan. During the creation of this work, students discovered what abstract meant and they were able to verbally describe abstraction (a very hard concept to understand and articulate!). The students worked with water colours and permanent markers to create these beautiful mixed-media artworks.

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Year 5 & 6 Woodland Tree houses

This term the Year 5 & 6s were asked to design (sketch) a tree house, construct it out of cardboard and a plastic container, paint it and then add finer detail like feathers, sticks, pine cones and leaves to finish it off. The results were magical!

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Year 1 & 2 Meditation and Weaving

This term the students have started each lesson with 5-10 minutes of meditation. Meditation teaches them to quiet themselves, be calm, relax and helps with creative visualisation. The students have responded really well to the meditation and I’m sure we’re all going to miss it next term! Below is the book I used if you would like to continue meditation at home with your child.


We started the term off with sketching and tracing different types of leaves. The students then used pastels and textas to add colour to their sketches. They then cut their drawings into strips and wove them through black paper to create a patchwork paper ‘blanket’ which is now in their art journals.

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For 5 weeks, the Year 1 and 2s have been working on these beautiful woven works. It’s been such a pleasure working on this project with them, as all the students have been saying how excited they are to come to art and how much they love making their ‘kites’ as they call them. I will be doing a display of them in the corridor this week.



Painting with the Preps

This week the Preps have been learning about trees and their features. I started off with some guided drawing and then let the kids loose to create their own tree painting in their Art Journals. The results were truly beautiful, so many different and wonderful trees, all unique to the artist – much similar to the way we see diverse trees in nature. Here are a selection of snaps from the five Prep classes, enjoy!