This term the students in grade 3/4 have worked on developing their skills in using clay by making Manga faces (ie a cartoon version of themselves). They have also developed their ability to make connections between art and numeracy. eg 2 hemispheres = a sphere, manga cube- cube net and fractions of the manga face. Some of them have been fired in our kiln and the rest are drying sufficiently before I put them in. Students will paint these self portrait Manga faces.
Next up we are investigating symmetrical designs for a “tile” company based on their multicultural unit in the classroom. 3/4T are working on Indonesian designs. 3/4S – Polynesian/NZ, 3/4E Egyptian, 3/4C- Mexican, and 3/4 W -German. The students are using 1cm dot paper to assist their ability to do their rough draft of their design. They will trace over their design against the window onto cartridge paper and paint the final piece with water or poster paints. Fine details can be added with a fineliner.
Later in the term we will be investigating the art of author/illustrator Colin Thomson.
This term the grade 1/2 students are focusing on lines and shapes. We have been thoroughly enjoying sketching our school buildings, the gardens and playground as we plan our masterpiece. We discovered the artist Hundertwasser and how he thought everybody needed to have nature a round them and even called raindrops kisses from heaven. He also hated straight lines and said there was a jungle of them all around us. He loved to use labyrinth spirals and bright colours. He was an architect and designed very interesting buildings. We are going to be creating a painting of our school in the style of Hundertwasser using oil pastel lines and a wash of colour over top.
This term students will be revisiting and extending their Hiragana knowledge by learning to sound out and write the correct stroke order for the first 5 lines. Grade 56 students will also develop a better understanding of Japan’s school system while interacting with our sister school.
This week at assembly Natalie received her prize (of a $50 gift card) from the Lion’s Club for her beautiful poster about Sharing Peace.
Lachie R was unable to attend but he was the runner up and received a gift card worth $30.
We will cross our fingers for Natalie as her art work goes onto the district level of the competition!
Lion’s Club International Peace Poster competition winner
I hope you have been enjoying the art hanging in the corridors including our Still Life fruit paintings inspired by Cezanne (French, Post Impressionist) and pointillist fruit inspired by Seurat’s dot painting style (we memorised his name by saying Sir Rat) and Cubist fruit inspired by Braque (pencil, lines and shading).
The students learnt about layering paint during the Cezanne project. We started by placing fruit and a jug they way we wanted and sketching this into our visual diaries. Next we painted a yellow background and once dry, we drew the still life onto it. We painted over the pencil lines with purple paint to add some dimension to the fruit- shading the edges. In the following week we started painting the base colours of the table under the fruit with dab, dab, dab brush strokes and curved small brush strokes for our fruit and jug. The week after that we added light and dark shading to our fruit and painted the wall behind them in the background with dappled colours to capture the effect of sunlight on a kitchen wall. In the final week we watered down PVA glue and used it like brushstrokes over top to give an oil painting effect.
This term we are tapping into the classroom unit about the garden. We are researching ideas including; sketching plants around the school and learning to draw enchanted creatures. These will be used for our shoebox dioramas of an enchanted garden. PLEASE BRING A SHOE BOX.
Apologies parents. Photos and videos are coming! I’ve got 100s of them and I’m sitting there a bit overwhelmed with them. I’ll be slowly uploading them. I may have been a bit over ambitious with the videos (as the editing will take about 100 hours with what I had planned with the 3/4s.). Stay tuned and please bare with me! All the students are doing great! -Overwhelmed Joel