Tag Archives: mixed-media

Junior Art Extension Class

As most of you know, this year I am running a pilot program, which aims to give gifted students in the arts 100 minutes of art each week, instead of 50 minutes. The Junior Art Extension Class has been looking at the work of Jephan de Villiers , a French artist, who creates whimsical and peculiar sculptures of figures from natural materials. The students have spent upwards of 8 weeks on them and they are nearly all finished! The degree of attention to detail, technique, craftsmanship and composition of their pieces is astounding. They have captured the essence of de Villiers’ work beautifully and their level of skill at such a young age is quite inspiring. There will be a display coming soon!

Stuart – “My artwork is about two people who meet at a tree. They cover the tree in leaves. Then they had babies and they made the tree into their home.”

Zoe – “My artwork looks like lots of amazed people looking out from a large hole in a hollow tree. The little people are looking at a group of ginormous people having a picnic.”

Grade 5/6 lanterns

In term one, Grade 5/6 students created these exquisite tetrahedron lanterns. The students had to design and make a lantern that expressed some memorable learning they have done at school or the natural environment of the school grounds. They were all so different, which made them look even more interesting en masse. Below are some photos of the process and the final artworks. If you would like to see this display, please visit the hallway in the main building.

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Preps make rosella artworks inspired by birds in our school!

Over 6 weeks, the Preps have been working hard at creating beautifully coloured and detailed rosellas. First we learnt how to draw them, students then learnt how to use water-colour paints and lastly, Preps had the opportunity to use oil pastels on their birds’ wings to add pattern and colour. As well as the birds, the Preps have been collaborating to make a large mural, which their birds will be placed on, when the work is displayed in early Term 2. This project was a great one for exposing students to a variety of different art media. There are some photos below of their wonderful artworks – full of character, charm and skill!

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Grade 3/4 Kite workshops

The Grade 3/4 students have an exciting art lesson on the 18th of February! Two professional artists will be joining our art class to run workshops where students will be creating kite artworks, which will be exhibited at the Darebin Kite Festival in March. This is a great opportunity for students to be part of a vibrant community event, whilst having the experience of working with professional artists – Chelsea

Kite fest

Grade 1/2s create abstract hanging pieces

Over three weeks, the Grade 1/2s created these beautifully vibrant abstract hanging works, which they dubbed “The abstract kites!” . Students used paint, oil pastels, wool and tissue paper to create their works.

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Aurora Borealis artworks by The Preps

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.

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Hort inspired landscapes by Grade 5/6

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.

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Desert landscapes by the Preps

Over five weeks the Preps focused on desert landscapes and learnt about silhouettes, the horizon line and how to draw a cactus, whilst implementing drawing and painting skills. These works definitely deserve pride of place on the fridge!

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Koi pond relief works

Over three weeks the Preps created these beautiful koi pond relief artworks. During the making of this work, students learnt how to trace templates (as adults and accomplished students, we take for granted that Preps have never experienced tracing and other skills) and build upon their fine-motor skills such as cutting and painting. It was lovely to hear students getting excited and saying “Chelsea, I just realised the koi are all warm colours!!!” (so those lessons on warm and cool colours did sink in!).