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Astronaut self-portraits!

As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term, Grade 3/4 students have been working on some out-of-this-world (haha) astronaut self-portraits! We read a book called If you decide to go to the moon  by Faith McNulty and then did some sketches of astronauts, followed by these final astronaut self-portraits, which focus on playing with perspective. The other component of the artwork was to create a galaxy and moon background using sponging and flicking painting techniques. These fun works are on display in the main building hallway and will soon be displayed in the office shortly too!

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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.

Chris Ryniak inspired sculptures by Grade 5/6

I’d have to say that these sculptures were probably one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done with students! The Grade 5/6s really embraced this project and their creativity thrived! Five weeks ago, we came together as a class and discussed Ryniak’s aesthetic style, such as chubby tummies, warts, wrinkles, small in scale and monochromatic (in most cases). This rich discussion lead to a series of sketches, where students could start to imagine their creature on paper. The following weeks were all about the 3D work. Students experienced working with clay – thank you to the mums who came and helped me during the clay lessons, you were lifesavers!! Students learnt about mixed-media by working with faux fur, beads, wire, tissue paper, pipe cleaners and faux leather. To finish, students had to fill out a self-reflection sheet, which encouraged them to think about their ideas, craftsmanship, problem-solving strategies and skills they learnt or needed to employ to create their sculpture. Watching the students rush over to their sculpture at the beginning of the lesson and excitedly gather their materials to start creating filled me with joy! I’m so proud of these kids and the amazing work they do! Hopefully you enjoy looking at the sculptures, as much as we enjoyed making them!

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Part 1: Chris Ryniak inspired work by Grade 5/6

As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term the Grade 5/6s are focusing on the work of American sculptor, toy maker and drawer, Chris Ryniak. This week, students explored his work through rich discussions and developmental sketches. Next week we will bring these drawings to life, when students create their creatures out of clay!

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If the dinosaurs came back…

We read If the dinosaurs came back by Bernard Most and discussed how dinosaurs and humans could work together to help each other (in an ideal world, where dinosaurs didn’t eat us haha). The students LOVED this artwork! It had two layers of creativity: creating their own sentence from their imagination and then composing an artwork that matched their sentence. This artwork was all about writing and understanding how illustration conveys meaning.

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Over and Under the Snow

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.

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Rainbow Fish Collages

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!

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 Character portraits

This Term the Grade 3/4 students focused on the characters conceived by filmmaker and artist Tim Burton. Students learnt about proportion in terms of elongated limbs and bulbous eyes and heads, typical of Burton’s aesthetic drawing style. Students did a series of developmental sketches before choosing one of their sketches to develop further, into a finished character portrait. Students had to stick to the grey scale, and thus learnt a lot about using shading to create a spooky effect. I think Tim Burton would be very proud of our talented students at Bell!

To see this display, please visit the board on the right of the foyer as you turn down the hallway.

Part 3: I ain’t gonna paint no more!

Following on from the photographic portraits, here are some collaborative portraits done over a 50 minute session. The idea behind this stage of the project was to spark a conversation around ownership of artwork, leading up to the face painting workshop. Each student was given a piece of paper and was told to only draw two things on the face, for example an eye and nose. The students then swapped their drawing with another person and drew two more facial features. There were 7 swaps in total. We had such a great reflective discussion regarding who owned the work and why. Some students were territorial over their first work, others weren’t fussed and believed everyone owned the work. Some students tried to tame works, others tried to make them more wild. Some students respected the style or aesthetic, others wanted to do their own thing. Overall, it was a great experience for students to work collaboratively and not get too attached to the artwork.

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