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.
Last term, we read the book Rabbityness by Jo Empson and Prep students created two vibrant and colourful artworks! The first artwork was focused on printmaking. Students used a variety of different stamps and stencils to create an abstract background for their black rabbit. We learnt how to draw rabbits too! The second work was all about musical instruments. Students used ink and practiced their drip painting techniques to create another abstract background. Students did a series of drawings of musical instruments and picked their favourite one to use on their ink background. Students used permanent markers and oil pastels to create their musical instrument drawings. Drawing musical instruments is quite technical, so well done to the Preps! You did a fantastic job! These wacky artworks are on display for you to enjoy in the hallway in the main building!
Grade 1 and 2 students created these beautifully vibrant pumpkin artworks last term, inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This was a great project, as it showed the children that you can still be a female artist at the age of 89 in the very heavily male dominated art arena, which we live in today. The students loved learning about Yayoi Kusama’s artwork and were very inspired by her outfits and different looks. These wonderful pumpkins are on display in the main hallway just to the right of the library doors.
As part of the Asian art unit this term, the Grade 1/2 students created these beautifully detailed Chinese Willow Plates. During this project, students learnt about monochromatic artworks, with a focus on hues. Students also learnt about the story behind the willow design and used this as inspiration for the composition and subject matter of their piece.
Olá means hello in Portuguese and Kamusta means hello in Philippino. Colour! Shape! Line! That’s what it’s all been about this term in art for the Grade 3/4s. As part of the masks unit, students looked at two festivals, the first being the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the second Dinagyang festival in the Philippines. Although both countries reside on other sides of the earth from each other, students noticed similarities in their costumes in terms of colour and vibrancy. The students had a brief to create a mask that conveyed a sense of celebration and fun. Students used a variety of materials such as pompoms, feathers, pipecleaners and cardboard mosaics to add a dimension of texture and harmony. Below are some photos of their finished works!
The Grade 1/2s have been learning all about Pablo Picasso and his portraits. Through play-based art games, students created a collection of grey lead portraits, before deciding on one design to use as their plan for their mask. Students used watercolour paints and oil pastels to add texture, colour and contrast to their works. Below is a series of photographs from different stages in the artistic process.
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!
This term, students in Grade 3/4 looked at the ceramic and textile work of Navajo people. Inspired by the colours, textures and patterns in traditional Navajo crafts, students created clay looms, paper painted feathers and woven centre pieces. This project allowed students to work with a variety of different mediums and explore colour and pattern theory.
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 the Grade 1/2s have been looking at the work of sculptor, Yumi Okita. They have been learning all about moths! Through their drawings and paintings, they have been learning about symmetry, texture and warm and cool colours. Their paintings show their understanding of these concepts wonderfully. The students are currently working on a mixed-media relief moth artwork, with fabric collaged wings. Watch this space in the next few weeks to see the final artworks!