In Term 3 Grade 5/6 students looked at the production design of the Hogwarts house banners. Over the course of term we discussed the symbolism of animals used in heraldry and the colour choices of the art department of the Harry Potter films and the meaning behind the colours they chose. Students had to select an animal that represented a part of their personality. To see these fantastic works, please visit the office or the second display outside the art room.
A small group of Grade 6 and 5 students were set a creative task today that focussed on developing their understanding of visual perspective. The purpose is for students to develop an understanding on how they can manipulate their surroundings so that the viewers perspective of the image is challenged. The students also needed to draw on their excellent ICT skills to get the final artefact completed.
This is how the task was set out.
In groups of 3s or 4s, compose a perspective photograph.
You can use props, landscape, their bodies and shadows.
You have 20 minutes to take photos.
It’s better to have one good photo, than a bunch of photos which aren’t successful.
South oval and netball court only.
3 groups form 1 group to create a pic collage.
Put their photos into pic collage.
Edit them with effects, backgrounds, placement etc.
For the past 6 weeks the grade 1/2’s have been focusing on the music idea of pulse aka/sometimes known as the beat. Through a series of musical games and activities such as the world famous ‘Rhythm Detectives’ and ‘Whats The Time Mr Wolf!?’, the students have been embodying pulse as an essential musical element.
Taking things to another level, the students were then set a task of working in small collaborative groups to compose a short rhythmic composition using a 4 count grid.
Stage one, was to compose the Grid Rhythms using body percussion and rehearse to perform in front of the class.
Stage two was to then apply the body percussion to small handheld classroom percussion instruments. Essential to making this work was the students ability to apply their sense of pulse so that they could rehearse and perform together.
Please listen to some of he amazing compositions below and don’t forget to comment. The students love the feedback!
Over 6 weeks, the Preps have been working hard at creating beautifully coloured and detailed rosellas. First we learnt how to draw them, students then learnt how to use water-colour paints and lastly, Preps had the opportunity to use oil pastels on their birds’ wings to add pattern and colour. As well as the birds, the Preps have been collaborating to make a large mural, which their birds will be placed on, when the work is displayed in early Term 2. This project was a great one for exposing students to a variety of different art media. There are some photos below of their wonderful artworks – full of character, charm and skill!
For the past 5 weeks grade 1/2 students have been participating in various musical games and activities that involve them experiencing pulse or beat. They have played games such as ‘Rhythm detectives’, ‘What’s The Time Mr Wolf’ and Concentration Elimination. Each of these games require the students to keep a steady pulse to play the game. The students have learnt so far that knowing where the pulse/beat in music resides, is vital for a group of musicians to play together.
Over the next few weeks the students will be working in groups to compose a short rhythmic composition using a 4 count grid. This week they began thinking up interesting body percussion and voice sounds to include in their grids. Once the students have composed and mastered their body percussion pieces they will perform them to the class. The next step is for the students to then use hand held percussion instruments instead of body percussion. The students will then rehearse and perform them to the class. Hopefully these performances will also be recorded and posted on this blog.
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!
On Thursday, Grade 3/4 students were split into three groups. All groups had a large piece of paper. Group 1 had rulers, Group 2 had a range of eclectic objects and Group 3 used their bodies to trace. In their groups, students had to discuss how they were going to create an abstract artwork with the tools given to them, what their artwork would be conceptually about and how media and colour would infer their meaning. It was a fantastic start to this project! Students were excited, engaged and were able to work through disagreements by voting and compromising. Can’t wait to see what their finished artworks will look like!
Wow! When I watch this amazing video of the Bell Biennale by Steven Pam it felt like it was yesterday the festival happened. Thank you so much Steven for putting this together. You have really captured the moment and the overall feeling of the festival. Argh the rain! We are so glad that Steven captured the weather with the majestic sounds of the Balinese Gamelan DanAnda in the opening sequence. Reflecting back, Chelsea and I feel that the weather in some way enabled a shared struggle that bonded the school community around the festival.
The grade 1 and 2’s have been working in whole class and small collaborative groups to compose music to a variety of stimuli. This week they have started to compose music inspired by Japanese Haiku poems. This week the students were set a task to compose a soundscape that captures the atmosphere and mood of the Haiku Gnats.
Gnats come as cloud
and then spread out over
the coolness of the pool
Please listen to a sample of these soundscapes by grade 1/2M more from the other grades will be posted when they have finished.
Only 2 and a bit weeks to go and the grades 3-6 students have been engaged in some intense creativity preparing there small group compositions. Check out these 3/4 students in full creative swing as they compose their ‘Javanese Gamelan’ inspired music.