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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.