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.
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!
Last term, Grade 3/4 students learnt all about totem poles from the Pacific Northwest. We looked at the artworks of the Haida people in particular. Students chose an animal and did a series of developmental sketches and drawings, followed by a collage as their final piece. These collages were then put together to form a totem pole. Over the term, students learnt about white settlement in America and the effect it had on the First People’s of America. It was interesting (and great) to hear some of the conversations around the unethical treatment of Native Americans and their cultural identity. Our students at Bell definitely have strong moral compasses. Students also learnt about the cultural significance of totem poles in Native American tribes and the meaning behind the chosen animals. If you would like to see this display, it’s just outside the art room in the main hallway.
Last term, Grade 1 and 2 students looked at the work of American artist, Yumi Okita. Over 11 weeks, students created these stunning moth relief artworks made from textiles, cardboard and feathers. This artwork allowed students to explore the tactile nature of fibres, with a focus on texture. You can view these works in the hallway of the main building.
The Grade 5/6s have spent the term creating whimsical and evocative shadow boxes. The design brief was to create a shadow box which showed depth and portrayed a theme, for example an emotion like fear or happiness. Students spent some weeks designing and experimenting with different materials and then started transforming their design sketches into 3D artworks. Students expressed themselves through these artworks in a very powerful and meaningful way and I believe that anyone looking at these works would agree. This project also gave the students the opportunity to work with a variety of different media.
The photos below are some snap shots of their work so far. Some are still in the process stage, whilst others are finished pieces. I will take some more photos of the finished works in a few weeks time. Enjoy!
It’s been all about robots this term for Grade 1 and 2! We started off with some robot sketches, moved on to an enlarged robot painting and finished with a mixed-media robot relief artwork. Students learnt about what relief means, in terms of a fusion between 2D and 3D. Students had the opportunity to use a variety of different materials, such as tiles, buttons and eclectic pieces of metal and wood. The results are some fantastic robots, which are bursting with their inventor’s creativity! What I loved most about this project was seeing the girls really embrace the robot theme. At first lots of the girls were like “Ohhh robots. I don’t like robots!” which got me thinking, “Do they actually not like robots? Or do they think girls can’t like robots?” However, over the term the girls have slowly embraced the robots and have absolutely loved designing and creating their circuitboard friends! I doubt I’ll ever hear a girl from Grade 1 or 2 tell me they don’t like robots anymore! To see this display, please visit the ground floor hallway, in the main building.
Over the past few weeks Prep students have had the opportunity to work with a variety of different mediums, such as paint, tissue paper and textured papers and have also been able to work on their fine-motor skills such as cutting and tracing. All these fantastic skills and experiences, have resulted in these vibrant and beautiful mixed-media rocket collages, which are now displayed outside the art room. It’s been great to see the students so engaged in this project and excited to find out which part of the artwork they were going to work on each week. This project also allowed students to experience printmaking and abstract painting – a real all-rounder!
The Preps learnt all about hibernation in this Over and Under the Snow inspired artwork. Over the course of 5 weeks, Preps learnt a variety of different painting and drawing techniques, which varied in terms of technical and more fluid approaches. These mixed-media works showcase the breadth of responses the students had and captures the essence of the original illustrations beautifully.
The Preps know that I loooooooove a bit of glitter! And it turns out, so do they! We’ve spent the last 5 weeks learning all about different collaging techniques and turning colourful paper into beautiful sparkly Rainbow Fish! In addition to their Rainbow Fish collage, students also had to make a large singular fish scale to give to someone really special in their life. So be on the lookout, you might just receive a beautiful scale from your little one!