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.
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!
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.
As part of the Ancient Art unit last term, Grade 1/2 students learnt all about ancient Egyptian portraits. The focus was on texture, symmetry and identifying artworks which are asymmetrical. Students learnt about hieroglyphics and wrote their name in hieroglyphics on their artworks. They used sand to create texture and oil and dry pastels for a splash of colour – a true mixed-media artwork! To see these vibrant artworks, please visit the school foyer.
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!
What a lucky art teacher I am to teach these amazingly creative kids! I promised the Preps a photo shoot with their works of art and today was the day! These beautiful photos are of the Preps and their Egyptian scarab beetle collars. It took them 4 weeks to complete these dazzling pieces of art and they learnt a lot about drawing beetles, creating texture with metallic paint and sequins and how to make patterns. I will take some close-up photos of the works soon, but in the mean time, enjoy these snaps!
Here’s a sneak-peek at the Grade 1/2s first development sketches for the Ancient Egyptian self-portraits. Last week we learnt how to draw portraits in profile (quite a tricky thing for adults to do, let alone kids!) and how to draw ancient Egyptian headdresses. Sometimes I forget these students are only in Grade 1 and 2, as their drawing skills are incredibly skilful for their age! Watch this space for the finished artworks!
In the first half of Term 2 the Grade 1/2 students created these amazing Ancient Greek Pot artworks. During this time, we looked at Greek mythology and history and learnt how to draw realistic mythical creatures, soldiers and sea animals. Students also learnt how to draw traditional Greek patterns and focused on symmetry, repetition and balance. To see this display, please visit the lost property area, just near the front foyer.
Grade 1/2 spent the whole of Term One learning about architectural and observational drawing. The students loved learning about the different steps involved when doing observational drawing and we had the opportunity to spend 4 lessons outside the art room (who knew going outside would be so fun? They squealed with excitement, like all their Christmases had come at once!). Over the course of the term, we focused on the front entrance of the school and a chosen house in the street. The students did multiple practice drawings of the school entrance, before using their skills to bring their picture to life with paint. Below are some of the wonderful examples of student work. The display is coming soon!