Tag Archives: pastels

Part 1: I ain’t gonna paint no more!

We’ve been getting a bit wild in the art room lately! The Grade 5/6s have been focusing on the book I ain’t gonna paint no more!  By Karen Beaumont and illustrated by David Catrow, by using it as a springboard for rich discussions regarding contemporary art, abstract art and using the human body as a canvas. Over three weeks, students have experimented with a variety of different mediums and colour to abstract portraits from unknown artists. Here are few snaps of their developmental artworks from the past few weeks. Stay tuned for Part 2: abstracting their own photographic self-portraits.

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Grade 1/2 Ancient Egyptian inspired self-portraits

As part of the Ancient Art unit last term, Grade 1/2 students learnt all about ancient Egyptian portraits. The focus was on texture, symmetry and identifying artworks which are asymmetrical. Students learnt about hieroglyphics and wrote their name in hieroglyphics on their artworks. They used sand to create texture and oil and dry pastels for a splash of colour – a true mixed-media artwork! To see these vibrant artworks, please visit the school foyer.

Prep’s make Egyptian Scarab beetle collars

What a lucky art teacher I am to teach these amazingly creative kids! I promised the Preps a photo shoot with their works of art and today was the day! These beautiful photos are of the Preps and their Egyptian scarab beetle collars. It took them 4 weeks to complete these dazzling pieces of art and they learnt a lot about drawing beetles, creating texture with metallic paint and sequins and how to make patterns. I will take some close-up photos of the works soon, but in the mean time, enjoy these snaps!

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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Sushe Felix inspired pastel works by Grade 1/2

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.

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Preps respond to Hokusai’s Great Wave

Over a series of weeks, the Preps created three artworks inspired by The Great Wave (Hokusai, 1830). Using pastels, paints and collaging papers (created from their own abstract paintings) the Preps responded to the famous wood print. Although, one might look at these works and think they’re extremely loose abstract interpretations of the original artwork, the focus was on students experiencing different media and learning about cool colours. If you’d like to see these works, there is a display in the front foyer.

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