Grade 3/4 C&D – Patrick Caulfield inspired pots

Grade 3/4 students explored a variety of artworks by Patrick Caulfield and then had a go at drawing pots and vases from observation.

Students learnt about the foreground, middle ground and background of an artwork and worked hard to show their understanding of layering and distance and depth in their own drawings.

They painted their artworks with poster paints and then carefully outlined and filled in white space with a black marker.

Their artworks turned out superbly!


Grade 3/4 C&D – Frida Kahlo inspired monkey portraits

My Semester 2 Grade 3/4 students recently created these gorgeous Frida Kahlo inspired monkey portraits.

We explored and analyzed Frida’s self portraits and learnt about the different animals she had as pets. We talked about how her pet monkeys always appeared to be protecting her in her paintings and we discussed a photo of Frida and her monkey Fulang Chang. We also observed lots of tropical plants and interesting accessories in her portraits.

I just can’t get enough of these fun and fabulous artworks! This is always a great task.


Monmia Primary School Art Show 2018

Another school year, another art show!

I think this one topped last years event – Bigger and better!

I was blown away by the outstanding attendance. It was so wonderful to see the students, with such pride, sharing their artworks with family and friends.

The art show is a big event on the Monmia calendar. Staff and students work really, really hard to bring it all together.

The quality of the student work, particularly from Visual Arts, was outstanding! I was so proud of all of my students and thrilled that most of them had 2-3 artworks in the show.

If you weren’t able to attend on the night, check out some of the photos below.



Grade 3/4 – Big Birds!

I first saw ‘big birds’ through another teachers Instagram page. Her classes had loved this task and I thought it would be perfect for developing students understanding of the elements of line, shape and colour and the principle of pattern.

The hardest part about this task was the preparation! I had to cut out all of the cardboard pieces. I got very sore fingers!

Each student was allocated 1-2 body parts. They were required to develop a design in their visual diary before drawing it onto their cardboard piece.

Students painted their work using acrylic paint, ensuring to use appropriate brush sizes for the smaller and larger sections.

When all of the pieces were finished I arranged and gluded the birds together using a hot glue gun.

They all looked so beautiful!

Grade 1/2 – Cyanotype Photograms

I love making photograms! If you don’t have access to an old school darkroom then cyanotypes on pre coated paper are the way to go.

Grade 1/2 students learnt how to make a photogram this week.

They were required to layout a design using a variety of everyday objects such as plastic beads, buttons, blocks etc.

After planning their composition, students were given a piece of cyanotype paper to re-place their design pieces on. They had a very limited time window as cyanotype paper reacts to UV light. Students carried a board with their paper and design on it outside and placed it in the sun for a few minutes.

When they returned to the art room they had to wash their print in water to stop the paper from developing and overexposing. I love this part. It’s when you get to see the excited and surprised looks on the students faces!

We used pre coated sun paper for this activity. It is safe and perfect for students.

Grade 1/2 – Sandra Silberzweig Inspired Portraits

Grade 1/2 students have been learning about Sandra Silberzweig and exploring the way she uses the elements of line, shape and colour in her artworks.

Students began this task by drawing in their visual diaries. They followed along together as I modeled how to draw the face. Then they had time to practice drawing their own interpretation of the face. Once confident, students drew a good copy of their line portrait and went over the outline with a black marker.

At this point, we started to learn about harmonious colours. Then, students were shown how to apply and blend soft pastels. They were asked to refer to the colour wheel to help them select groups of harmonious colours before applying pastel to their work.

Students used white pastel to add different line details to their artworks. They finished their pieces off by using a black oil pastel to go over their marker lines. This made their gorgeous, colorful work stand out superbly!

I love these pieces and thoroughly enjoyed teaching this Unit. The students had a blast and were so proud of their achievements. These kids are Grade 1/2. Amazing!!

Grade 3/4 – Frida Kahlo Inspired Monkeys

Grade 3/4 students recently completed these gorgeous Frida Kahlo inspired monkey portraits.

We explored and analyzed Frida’s self portraits and learnt about the different animals she had as pets. We talked about how her pet monkeys always appeared to be protecting her in her paintings. We also observed lots of tropical plants and interesting accessories in her portraits.

Students were required to draw a monkey portrait freehand using a 4 box grid drawing technique and a step by step drawing assistance sheet.

They carefully rendered their drawing with oil pastels and created a tropical plant background.

Students then created paper sculpture flower crowns for their monkeys to represent the link back to Fridas interesting hair accessories and jewellery.

The students really enjoyed this task. It was a great project that allowed students to practice a variety of different skills – drawing, rendering with pastel and paper sculpture collage.

Grade 5/6 – Picasso Inspired Portraits

Its taken some time and a lot of persistence, but the Grade 5/6 students have finally completed their Picasso inspired cubist portraits.

They look amazing! I will ensure to post more as I photograph them.

Thoughts for my semester 2 classes… I love the task, but it certainly takes a lot of time and patience for students to achieve the outstanding results pictured above. I was thinking next Term I might get the students to paint their sharp, angular shapes instead. Basic dry pellet poster paints could be really effective with bold coloured pencil outlines to finish.

Matisse inspired collages – Grade 1/2

Grade 1/2 students explored the cut outs and paintings of Henri Matisse. They loved standing up to point out things in his artworks that captured their attention. The children had lots of comments and enjoyed participating in the class discussion.

They drew inspiration from his cut outs, describing the organic shapes in some artworks as coral and seaweed! They loved the bright colours in the goldfish paintings.

Students drew, cut out and collaged a variety of basic and organic shapes onto a card background. They painted A4 sheets of paper with blue and orange watercolour paint. Glad wrap was applied to their blue painting to create an eye catching ripple effect.

Students used a template to help them cut out their painted fish bowl. They looked at illustrations of goldfish before drawing and cutting out their own. All of these seperate elements were combined to create these fantastic, colourful artworks!