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Olá and Kamusta!

Olá means hello in Portuguese and Kamusta means hello in Philippino. Colour! Shape! Line! That’s what it’s all been about this term in art for the Grade 3/4s. As part of the masks unit, students looked at two festivals, the first being the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the second Dinagyang festival in the Philippines. Although both countries reside on other sides of the earth from each other, students noticed similarities in their costumes in terms of colour and vibrancy. The students had a brief to create a mask that conveyed a sense of celebration and fun. Students used a variety of materials such as pompoms, feathers, pipecleaners and cardboard mosaics to add a dimension of texture and harmony. Below are some photos of their finished works!

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Part 1: The Process, Grade 5/6 Masks

As part of the Masks unit in art this term, students in Grade 5 and 6 have been learning about masks from Sierra Leone. Over a series of weeks, students created design sketches and paintings and are now beginning to work on their final piece using acrylic paints and organic materials. These photos are of the process and unfinished works. Watch this space next term for photos of the finished works.

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Barong Mask initial sketches with Grade 3/4

We have some incredibly talented artists at Bell Primary School! Here’s a sneak peak at the first stage of designing their Barong masks. It’s important for students to understand and implement good developmental processes in their art making. As a class, we looked at different pictures of Barong masks and talked about their cultural significance in Indonesia. The students have started with an initial sketch, followed by a one-on-one conversation with me of what they would change to improve their design and push themselves further. This constructive feedback does wonders for their artistic skill development. If these are what their sketches look like, than their masks are going to look fantastic!

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Year 1 and 2 Lion Masks

As part of the Animals in Art unit this term, the Year 1/2s created lion masks. As a class, we looked at lion anatomy, learnt some lion facts and I demonstrated the different approaches one could take to draw lion faces. While the students worked on their masks I played the Lion King soundtrack – boy did we have fun! Check out their ‘safari’ photo shoot in the slideshow below!

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