Last term Grade 3 and 4 students created these exquisite Japanese inspired lanterns. As a class, we looked at the work of master woodblock printing artist Hokusai. Students were inspired by Hokusai’s artwork and the natural landscapes of Japan. The focus for the artwork was on composition and harmony, as well as the elements of construction and mathematics. The students should be so proud of their work and the advanced skills they had to learn to complete these complicated artworks. There will be a display coming soon!
The Grade 5/6s have spent the term creating whimsical and evocative shadow boxes. The design brief was to create a shadow box which showed depth and portrayed a theme, for example an emotion like fear or happiness. Students spent some weeks designing and experimenting with different materials and then started transforming their design sketches into 3D artworks. Students expressed themselves through these artworks in a very powerful and meaningful way and I believe that anyone looking at these works would agree. This project also gave the students the opportunity to work with a variety of different media.
The photos below are some snap shots of their work so far. Some are still in the process stage, whilst others are finished pieces. I will take some more photos of the finished works in a few weeks time. Enjoy!
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.
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!
The grade 3/4 students spent the whole of Term 3 creating these beautiful Dutch canal house sculptures. Now you may be thinking, “these aren’t landscapes?!” and you would be correct in thinking that. On their own, they are sculptures, but together they become an urban street-scape. There’s a display in the early learning centre, just outside 1/2R’s room – enjoy!
The design phase
The finished works
Wow, teaching the Preps about the Aurora Borealis was hard! There were so many concepts they needed to understand before they could grasp the scientific phenomena of the Aurora Borealis. But that didn’t matter, it was just about exposing them to the concept and they did really well! Over four weeks students made three different artworks with the Aurora Borealis as the subject matter. Using pastels and paint, students learnt how to draw a polar bear and pine trees, whilst learning about the difference between oil and dry pastels. The results are truly beautiful! To see this display, check out the big display board outside the art room.
Grade 1/2 students looked at the work of Sushe Felix, a contemporary artist from Colorado (I got this idea from Cassie Stephens: a fantastic art teacher from Tennessee http://cassiestephens.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/in-art-room-desert-landscapes-with.html). The great thing about this artwork was the children had to make their own stencils before they created their work. The students learnt about proportion, scale and perspective whilst creating these artworks.
Grade 5/6 students looked at the work of Hort, a creative hub out of Germany. We focused on a particular work Hort did for Enroute Magazine http://www.hort.org.uk/123 and using this imagery, we discussed environmental issues and the impact of urbanisation on natural habitats. Whilst creating these works, students learnt about perspective, scale and proportion.
During Prep transition, Chelsea and Lisa took those Preps that had buddies in the afternoon for an art lesson. Using a visual meditation book, the Preps relaxed and began to harness their imagination. After the meditation they were asked to draw something they had imagined. Below are some excerpts from the book and their drawings which respond to those excerpts. It was interesting to see a visual representation of what they had imagined in their mind.
The fish in the river
The worry tree