We’ve been getting a bit wild in the art room lately! The Grade 5/6s have been focusing on the book I ain’t gonna paint no more! By Karen Beaumont and illustrated by David Catrow, by using it as a springboard for rich discussions regarding contemporary art, abstract art and using the human body as a canvas. Over three weeks, students have experimented with a variety of different mediums and colour to abstract portraits from unknown artists. Here are few snaps of their developmental artworks from the past few weeks. Stay tuned for Part 2: abstracting their own photographic self-portraits.
Last Thursday public artists, Georgina Humphries and Lindy de Wijn visited our art room to run kite workshops with the Grade 3/4s. The kites made in the workshops will be displayed at the Darebin Community and Kite Festival on Sunday 20th of March. These workshops were a wonderful opportunity for Bell students to work with professional artists and enabled them to create an artwork which would be on display for the thousands (yes thousands) of people, which visit the festival every year. If you have a younger child at Bell or perhaps a child in Grade 5/6, who didn’t get the opportunity to participate in the kite workshops, then come along to the festival where there will be free kite workshops for children. Below are a few snaps from our fun day!
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.
To finish off the year, the Grade 5/6s looked at Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe print. As we didn’t have enough time to print, the students painted different coloured backgrounds and then photocopied their original drawing onto coloured paper to create these works. They look terrific!
As part of the Pop Art unit this term, the Grade 5/6s created these bright and colourful sugar skull drawings. We first looked at skull anatomy and then moved on to the cultural significance and traditions of The Day of the Dead festival in Mexico.