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Grade 3/4 Wiradjuri constellation artworks

This term the Grade 3/4s learnt about a collaborative project between Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney, a Wiradjuri artist, cultural astronomer Trevor Leaman and Wiradjuri filmmaker Dave Towney. Scott Towney created his own artistic interpretations of Wiradjuri constellations studied by Trevor Leaman. Dave Towney filmed the nights sky over Wiradjuri country. Together, they erected an inflatable dome, projected Dave Towney’s film on to the dome and layered on top were Scott Towney’s artistic interpretations of the Wiradjuri constellations. You can learn more about it here: https://bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com/projects/wiradjuri-constellation-art

We looked at the different Wiradjuri constellations and students picked their favourite one to draw. They then created a foam board print, which they stuck on to a starry background they created in earlier weeks. This was a really unique and interesting project, which allowed students to interpret the sky from a different perspective. Different from that of a white colonial interpretation. Students also had the opportunity to try their hand at foam board printing and the results were wonderful!

 Big Skies Collaboration

Abstract tree canopy artworks by Prep

This term we’ve be learning about indigenous art. We read a book by Bronwyn Bancroft called Shapes of Australia and made abstract artworks inspired by a tree canopy illustration in the book. Students practiced their fine-motor skills by carefully tracing different sized circles and cutting them out. Students used a variety of different mediums including paint, paper, silver pens and permanent textas to create these beautifully vibrant artworks.

Walert-Gurn (“possum-skin” cloak)

It’s been a long time coming, but here are some photos of the walert-gurns that the Grade 3/4 students created in Term Two as part of the Animals in Art unit. Not only did the students create drawings, paintings and a fabric piece illustrating Australia’s beautiful fauna, they also learnt about the anthropological history behind these amazing artefacts. Keep your eyes peeled because in the coming weeks they will be mounted on the wall in the Early Learning Centre!

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