Last term students in Grade 5 and 6 looked at the work of indigenous artist, Reko Rennie. Students watched interviews with Reko Rennie, which I used as a springboard for discussion around the ethics of street art and the differences between graffiti and street art. Through these rich discussions, students formed interesting perspectives on what they believed justified ‘good’ street art. Reko Rennie uses the diamond motif regularly in his work, which we learnt links to a masculine symbol from his mob. Students incorporated the diamond motif along with an Australian animal of their choice. By using fluro colours, students were able to blend the contemporary with their knowledge of the diamond motif.
In Term 4 last year, the Grade 1/2 students looked at the work of Wurundjeri artist, Judy Nicholson. Students learnt about Wurundjeri dreamtime stories, with a specific focus on Bunjil the creator spirit. Using painting and printmaking techniques, students created these beautiful depictions of Bunjil, which also incorporate elements of the Aboriginal flag. In Grade 2 students used foam boards to print their Bunjil design. The Grade 1s used black markers to draw their Bunjil. This was a great introductory project for students to learn more about Wurundjeri culture and the first people’s of Australia.
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!
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.
Last term, we read the book Rabbityness by Jo Empson and Prep students created two vibrant and colourful artworks! The first artwork was focused on printmaking. Students used a variety of different stamps and stencils to create an abstract background for their black rabbit. We learnt how to draw rabbits too! The second work was all about musical instruments. Students used ink and practiced their drip painting techniques to create another abstract background. Students did a series of drawings of musical instruments and picked their favourite one to use on their ink background. Students used permanent markers and oil pastels to create their musical instrument drawings. Drawing musical instruments is quite technical, so well done to the Preps! You did a fantastic job! These wacky artworks are on display for you to enjoy in the hallway in the main building!
The Grade 4s and 3/4M have been busy creating some amazing stop animation films as part of their combined art and music unit this term. Students were given a topic and asked to create a film using 2D materials. They could use paint, coloured paper, pencils or textas. Ms. S and Chelsea have been amazed at the creativity of the students and their ability to collaborate and make creative decisions. Here are some photos of the process so far. Watch this space for more information about the Film presentation night.
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!
Grade 1 and 2 students created these beautifully vibrant pumpkin artworks last term, inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This was a great project, as it showed the children that you can still be a female artist at the age of 89 in the very heavily male dominated art arena, which we live in today. The students loved learning about Yayoi Kusama’s artwork and were very inspired by her outfits and different looks. These wonderful pumpkins are on display in the main hallway just to the right of the library doors.
Over two terms, students in the Senior Art Extension program created these stunning eccentric self-portraits inspired by the work of Australian artist, Del Kathryn Barton. The focus for this work was primarily on painting, but students also incorporated printmaking, collaging and drawing techniques. The artworks are currently displayed in two locations, in the front entrance and outside the art room. I’d also like to congratulate the Senior Art Extension students on such a fantastic semester of work.