This Term the Grade 3/4 students focused on the characters conceived by filmmaker and artist Tim Burton. Students learnt about proportion in terms of elongated limbs and bulbous eyes and heads, typical of Burton’s aesthetic drawing style. Students did a series of developmental sketches before choosing one of their sketches to develop further, into a finished character portrait. Students had to stick to the grey scale, and thus learnt a lot about using shading to create a spooky effect. I think Tim Burton would be very proud of our talented students at Bell!
To see this display, please visit the board on the right of the foyer as you turn down the hallway.
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.”
I read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to the Year 1 and 2 students. Although there are many weird and wonderful creatures in the story, we focused on the fish. The students did a series of developmental sketches before picking their favourite fish to enlarge and paint. The works turned out beautifully and were full of character and charm.