I have attached links for each of the types of art we are studying. Enjoy!
Japanese Girls or Dolls day. Click on the dash for the link.
Next up- The foundation students will be doing a collage-painting of their family in a location they love to go to. Please check out their Japanese art in the Foundation classrooms as well as their feelings posters. They drew each other acting out a feeling for their class poster.
Grade 1/2s will be doing Matisse style people by posing for each doing their favourite activity. Some of the art work is on display in the main building by 1/2L and 1/2N.
Grade 3/4s – they have loved learning about art and mindfulness through Zentangle inspired art and will be learning about mandala art.
Grade 5/6s are completing abstract watercolours with a historical local building drawn using 2 point perspective in fineliner over the top. This connects to their class inquiry unit on Community. 2 Point perspective- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cqHsIYuP5M
This term the art program is running in the classrooms. In term 2 we will be upstairs in room 13.
The foundation students have learnt about the Mona Lisa and how to be Mon-i-fi-cent. They will be looking at art works with facial expressions and drawing their classmates and creating a collage of their family with a scene from a favourite place they like to go as the background.
Grade 1 and 2 students are learning about Matisse’s style of collage or “cutting with scissors” as he would say. We are sketching around the school to get some interesting shape ideas to use for our cut outs. Matisse believed you should use colours that represent how you feel so we will be using some brightly coloured papers. We will also look at the way he cut out shapes for the body later in the term and recreate some based out our movements.
Grade 3 and 4 are investigating the connection between creativity and mindfulness. Art is a great way to distress and it is important for us all to find a way to relax throughout the day and our life. Firstly we are exploring Zentangle inspired art. This is a bit of a new craze! It is a mindfulness exercise with intricate patterns that are tangled together step by step. We call it “Tangling”. There are 1000s of patterns online that you can try out or invent your own. Following this we will dabble in the gorgeous Indian technique of creating Mandalas.
The grade 5 and 6 students are connecting art with the community. They are looking out how we sketch historical buildings from our community and represent them as art. We are using an abstract watercolour as the background, creating it with the wet on wet technique. After this project we will be doing a very special team based art to enhance our outdoor school community space. (It is a surprise for the students). If you would like to help please see Graham Campbell with the preparations. We will need some old shirts or smocks to wear for this from week 6 or 7 onwards.
If you have any magazines, newspapers, smocks, old shirts, old tea towels or hand towel please send them up to room 13- I have a resource storage area behind the curtains in 1/2C.
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.
The students in grade 1/2 have been working through the process of papier mache. They are making their 3D landscape sculptures very secure by attaching containers with 3 layers of paper and PVA glue (watered down). To check them they turn them upside down and give them a little hit! If the containers are still wobbly it needs more layers.
Some students have begun to paint their work – using the colour wheel and their knowledge of colours to inspire them. eg. using various shades of one colour -‘monochrome’, opposite/complementary colours, primary colours, cool or warm colours and so on. They can choose how they want to paint it. They can also add patterns, shapes, lines. These process is helping them to understand how you can go from a realistic idea like the view out of your car window to finding the shapes to represent that view to painting it in a way that is inspired by colour theory. We have also talked about having a base coat and layers of paint to cover the newspaper. Students are using the language- foreground, mid ground and background as well.
We have a couple more weeks on this and then we will be working on art inspired by Anthony Browne’s Willy the Chimp books.
The students in Foundation have been learning how to make a boat inspired by Pamela Allen’s books ” Who Sank the Boat” and “I wish I had a Pirate Suit”. 1. They learnt to make a pinch pot hands go round and round with straight fingers to make a ball, then put your thumbs in the middle and pinch around and around. 2. To make the character that sits in the boat they learnt how to make a coil by moving hands back and forth with straight fingers. Some of the students also attached things using the score, slip, smooth technique. The students chose which book they wanted their clay boat and characters to be inspired by.
We now need to wait a few weeks for them to dry, be fired and then we can paint them!
We are doing some fruit and Veggie super hero posters while we wait.
The grade 5/6′ are very busy finishing off their wearable art outfits. They have worked in Fashion House teams for 6 weeks to create a complete outfit including sustainable materials and fabric. Focusing on how to design using a croquis, join materials, create a balanced, unified outfit with accessories. Parents of grade 5/6 students are invited to attend a fashion parade of these outfits at assembly on Monday 22nd August.
There is a real buzz in the art room as the grade 5/6 students have been working in teams to create a fashion label and outfit. They are developing skills in joining materials including sewing by hand or with the machine, hot glue, Velcro etc. They are using a variety of materials including fabric, ribbons, string, and sustainable/recycled such as foam, bubble wrap and cardboard. Thanks for any donations you have sent in! We are hoping to have a big fashion show in a few weeks time…stay tuned!
The grade 3/4s have been focusing on Japanese Manga art. They have created stylised portraits using pencils, fineliners and clay. Linking with maths and art through the sectioning of parts of the face to know where to place each feature, using a cube net as a canvas as well as making heads out of clay with 2 hemispheres joined together to make a sphere. The students revised their skills in making pinch pots, coils and slabs out of clay and joining clay together securely using the 3’s- score/slip/smooth.