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.
The Grade 1/2s have been learning all about Pablo Picasso and his portraits. Through play-based art games, students created a collection of grey lead portraits, before deciding on one design to use as their plan for their mask. Students used watercolour paints and oil pastels to add texture, colour and contrast to their works. Below is a series of photographs from different stages in the artistic process.
This semester, the Junior Art Extension Class have been creating these beautiful abstract textile artworks. Students used cold wax and fabric dyes and learnt embroidery. Embroidery is quite a hard skill that requires a long time to master and I think these students are well on their way to being wonderful embroiders if they keep up the practice!
This Term the Grade 3/4 students focused on the characters conceived by filmmaker and artist Tim Burton. Students learnt about proportion in terms of elongated limbs and bulbous eyes and heads, typical of Burton’s aesthetic drawing style. Students did a series of developmental sketches before choosing one of their sketches to develop further, into a finished character portrait. Students had to stick to the grey scale, and thus learnt a lot about using shading to create a spooky effect. I think Tim Burton would be very proud of our talented students at Bell!
To see this display, please visit the board on the right of the foyer as you turn down the hallway.
Here are the last of the photographic self-portraits by the Grade 5/6 students as part of the I ain’t gonna paint no more! project.
Here are some timelapse videos of the face painting workshops.
To finish off the documentation of this wonderful project, here is a video of the Living Gallery. All students were invited to come to the netball court and be part of the Living Gallery, in which students from Prep – 4 could come and view them as living artworks. Well done Grade 5/6, you’re truly amazing!
Wow! What an amazing experience the face painting workshops were for every child involved!! Thank you to all who donated face paint, without your generosity this project would not have been a success.
We started the workshop off by showing the students the videos below and then asking them questions about how Humphries and Meade’s work relates to the I ain’t gonna paint no more! project we’ve been working on since the beginning of term.
Students offered up insightful perspectives on illusions, using skin as a canvas and playing with ideas and concepts to change how we interpret artwork. Students demonstrated higher-order thinking skills when exploring and responding to the artworks, through means of class discussion and artistic expression during the second half of the workshop. Students were given 20 minutes to paint their partner’s face and then they swapped and had their face painted. Students that chose to opt-out painted a mask. It’s so great to see young primary school children participating in such great contemporary art projects!
Thank you to Paige and Max from Grade 3 for being our official photographers for the day! You did an amazing job capturing the creativity of the workshops!
Andrew Williamson helped to run the workshops and took some of these amazing close-up portraits below, just stunning!
Following on from the photographic portraits, here are some collaborative portraits done over a 50 minute session. The idea behind this stage of the project was to spark a conversation around ownership of artwork, leading up to the face painting workshop. Each student was given a piece of paper and was told to only draw two things on the face, for example an eye and nose. The students then swapped their drawing with another person and drew two more facial features. There were 7 swaps in total. We had such a great reflective discussion regarding who owned the work and why. Some students were territorial over their first work, others weren’t fussed and believed everyone owned the work. Some students tried to tame works, others tried to make them more wild. Some students respected the style or aesthetic, others wanted to do their own thing. Overall, it was a great experience for students to work collaboratively and not get too attached to the artwork.
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.
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.