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Chris Ryniak inspired sculptures by Grade 5/6

I’d have to say that these sculptures were probably one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done with students! The Grade 5/6s really embraced this project and their creativity thrived! Five weeks ago, we came together as a class and discussed Ryniak’s aesthetic style, such as chubby tummies, warts, wrinkles, small in scale and monochromatic (in most cases). This rich discussion lead to a series of sketches, where students could start to imagine their creature on paper. The following weeks were all about the 3D work. Students experienced working with clay – thank you to the mums who came and helped me during the clay lessons, you were lifesavers!! Students learnt about mixed-media by working with faux fur, beads, wire, tissue paper, pipe cleaners and faux leather. To finish, students had to fill out a self-reflection sheet, which encouraged them to think about their ideas, craftsmanship, problem-solving strategies and skills they learnt or needed to employ to create their sculpture. Watching the students rush over to their sculpture at the beginning of the lesson and excitedly gather their materials to start creating filled me with joy! I’m so proud of these kids and the amazing work they do! Hopefully you enjoy looking at the sculptures, as much as we enjoyed making them!

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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 and Grade 1/2s turn abstract prints into beautiful collages

Wow, sometimes students can blow you away with their creativity! Preps participated in three rotations; printing with eclectic objects, printing with things from the garden and marble art inspired by Jackson Pollock. The Grade 1/2s also did rotations; sculptures made from wire, wood and pipe cleaners, printing with eclectic objects and creating abstract paintings using wool as a starting point. The following week the students turned their abstract prints and paintings into beautiful collages. Boy did we get messy, but it was worth it!

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Dutch Canal Houses by Grade 3/4

The grade 3/4 students spent the whole of Term 3 creating these beautiful Dutch canal house sculptures. Now you may be thinking, “these aren’t landscapes?!” and you would be correct in thinking that. On their own, they are sculptures, but together they become an urban street-scape. There’s a display in the early learning centre, just outside 1/2R’s room – enjoy!

The display

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The design phase

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The finished works

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Grade 5 and 6 Sound Art Performances

Over 15 weeks the Grade 5/6s embarked on an inquiry unit based on sound art. For the whole of Term Three and part of Term Four Visual Art and Music were fused, allowing students to explore ideas behind sound art and understand these separate disciplines in a new light.

Students participated in experimental play, in which they were given time to purely create using a vast array of different materials. We had guest speakers, such as a sound artist, visual artist and a musician come and visit the students to impart some of their knowledge on the key subjects. The students then collaborated in groups to create a composition and performed it to an audience of over 100 people. Below are links to the videos of each performance – enjoy

The introduction to the final performance.

Please click  5/6I plus 1 to view videos of final performances.

Please click  5/6R&T  to view videos of final performances.

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Some Of The Plans  and More Plans

Some Of The The Instruments

 

 

Grade 3/4 apple core sculptures

During the Pop Art unit this term the Grade 3s and 4s looked at the work of Claes Oldenburg, a contemporary pop artist. Using his sculpture Apple Core (1992) as inspiration, students created their very own apple core sculpture. To see this display, please visit the hallway just outside Anna and Ivy’s classrooms.

Pop Art Pizzas!

It’s been a fun start to Term Four in art! The Preps have been learning all about Pop Art and particularly Claes Oldenburg’s food sculptures. We started with a developmental work by creating pizzas on a paper plate and then moved on to clay sculptures. The students loved the tactile experience of the clay and were able to see their skills translate from 2D to 3D works. The finished pizza slices look good enough to eat!

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Term 3 in art

Artists as Illustrators Prep – Year 4

Prep

In Term 3 the Preps will be looking at an array of picture storybooks and responding to the illustrations by creating paintings, mixed-media works, sculptures and drawings. Some of the books we will be looking at are Possum Magic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Rainbow Fish.

Year 1 and 2

The Year 1 and 2 students will be looking at the work of Dr. Seuss and creating artworks inspired by his famous book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. They will be exploring the work of Maurice Sendak and making their very own Where the wild things are hand-puppets. Lastly, the students will be exposed to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and will develop self-portraits in the style of the pop art/comic book genre.

Year 3 and 4

This Term is going to be all about Tim Burton for the Year 3s and 4s. Students will be creating their very own spooky silhouette house and learning how to transfer a 2D image into a 3D landscape. After looking at Burton’s character sketches, students will develop their own character with Burton aesthetics, while learning about the way in which illustration conveys meaning without text.

Sound Art Inquiry Project

Year 5 and 6

This is an exciting term for the Year 5s and 6s and their specialist lessons. Music and Visual Art will be fused to create an in-depth Sound Art Inquiry Project that will span the entirety of Term Three. The students will create sound sculptures and through exploration will develop an understanding of the relationship between sound and sculpture. Through collaboration, individual work, digital-portfolios and culminating in a performance at the end of the term, the students will explore the way in which the line between music and art can be blurred to create a hybrid work of art.