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.
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.
As part of the Artists as Illustrators unit last term, the Grade 1s and 2s discovered the work of Maurice Sendak, with a particular focus on the illustrations in Where the wild things are. The students spent five weeks, sketching and constructing their puppets and the results were wonderful.
Over the past three weeks the Grade 1/2s have looked at Sendak’s book Where the wild things are and have been creating hand puppets inspired by the illustrations. We started out with some developmental sketches. Students then picked their favourite image and made that into their hand puppet. Here are a few snaps of their wonderful sketches – enjoy!
Sometimes it’s nice to see the development of a work, rather than just the finished piece. These developmental sketches draw by the Year 3/4s are exquisite artworks in their own right. The students really captured Burton’s aesthetic and style. Watch this space for their final portraits… coming soon!
I read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to the Year 1 and 2 students. Although there are many weird and wonderful creatures in the story, we focused on the fish. The students did a series of developmental sketches before picking their favourite fish to enlarge and paint. The works turned out beautifully and were full of character and charm.