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Shadow Boxes Part 1

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!

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.

Robot Reliefs

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.

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Blast-off rocket collages by the Preps

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!

Skateboard decks by Senior Art

This term students in the Senior Art Extension Class have been designing and painting their own artwork onto skateboard decks. Students had complete free reign to design whatever they liked for their work and the results are incredible! The students were inspired by graphic designers such as Andrea Preis. There are still three skateboards that are unfinished, which I will photograph later and add to this post. Enjoy!

Tim Burton inspired spooky houses!

Term 3 was all about Tim Burton for the Grade 3/4s! As part of the Artists as Illustrators and Filmmakers unit, students looked at Burton’s films and artwork and composed a spooky house landscape using paint and black markers. Students learnt about silhouettes and positive and negative space. The display is up in the front foyer outside Julie and Rod’s offices, just in time for Halloween!

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Grade 5/6 Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagi

Term 2 was all about Ancient Egypt for the Grade 5/6s. Over 12 weeks, students learnt the history behind royal Egyptian burials and created these intricately detailed artworks. Students focused on pattern, repetition, balance and contrast and the results are truly stunning! To see these works, please visit the display outside the art room late next week.

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Illuminated Letters by Grade 3/4

Art has been a bit of a history lesson this term! Over 10 weeks, students learnt how to draw realistic animals, celtic knots and medieval calligraphy. In addition to all this technical drawing, the students also learnt about the history behind illuminated scriptures in Medieval England. The brief for the students was to pick an animal that they felt represented their personality. Although you only get to see the finished pieces, it would be worth popping in to the art room with your child to have a peek in their art journals, because their developmental designs are just as stunning as the finished works. We did some fantastic learning this term  – enjoy!

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.”