Frogs, frogs, frogs! – Grade 1/2 C&D

This gorgeous little guy leaped off the drying rack today and put an instant smile on my face. Such personality!

Grade 1/2 C&D students are going to create a stamped background for their awesome little frogs. Check back in after the school holidays to see their completed artworks.

Grade 5/6 A&B – Paper Mache!

It was a busy Wednesday morning with 5/6 A&B students in the art room. They all eagerly applied paper mache to their ice cream and donut sculptures. Students faced a number of challenges along the way such as collapsing cones and sliding scoops of ice cream, but with some advise and modelling they were able to successfully solve these problems.

Now these sculptures need a good few days to dry and harden!

Next week we will be exploring a variety of artworks by Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebaud. Oldenburg is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas of everyday objects. Thiebaud is an American painter, widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects such as lipsticks and paint cans as well as food items including ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs.

Students will draw on these artists and their artworks as inspiration for painting and detailing their Pop Art sculptures.

Pond life and it’s hidden creatures! – Grade 1/2 A&B

A few students were left with a light headache after blowing this blue and yellow food dye around with straws, but the results were well worth it!

The next step for these artworks is to turn the lines and organic shapes into frogs and pond creatures using fineliner. What creatures can you see hiding in these abstract artworks?

The Grade 1/2 students are exploring artworks by Australian artist John Olsen and using them as inspiration for this project. They were very impressed by his frog artworks and his use of line, shape and colour.

They also watched this fantastic video – ‘The Hidden Life In Pond Water’

I am looking forward to posting the students finished artworks after the school holidays. I can’t wait to see where their imaginations take them.

Grade 5/6 – A sculpture kind of morning


It was a busy morning in the art room today with Grade 5/6 students creating 3D forms of ice creams and donuts in preparation for applying paper mâché next week.

During this Unit of work, students will be learning about and exploring Pop Art. Our artists for inspiration are Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebaud.

Oldenburg is an American sculptor – best known for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas of everyday objects. Thiebaud is an American painter widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects and food from popular culture.

I showed this short YouTube video to my students today – It is a nice little introduction to Pop Art.

Koi fish in the pond – Grade 1/2

For the past two weeks Grade 1/2 students have been working on these beautiful Japanese koi fish in Visual Arts.

During their Japanese studies this Term, students learnt that people in Japan believe that koi fish symbolizes wealth, prosperity, love, successful career and good fortune.

The Grade 1/2’s began by painting pond water using watercolour paint. Whilst the paint was still wet, I gave the students some glad wrap to place over the top of their painting. We left them to dry and when the glad wrap was removed, a ripple effect appeared in the water.

The following week, some green oil pastel was applied to the water to create pond plants. Then, on a seperate piece of paper, students drew koi fish using oil pastel. Some stencils I made assisted students to draw the koi body shape, but they added all of the fins and details themselves. Students mixed and applied watercolour paint over the top and discovered that the oil pastel resists the watercolour and creates an interesting effect. Once dry, fish were cut out and pasted onto the water and plant background.

We are going to put all of the artworks together to create a lovely pond!

Self Portraits – Grade 5/6 B

For the past three weeks Grade 5/6 students have been working on self portraits. How awesome are these drawings!

It can be quite challenging to draw a self portrait, but the 5/6 students rose to the challenge and worked with such effort and pride. It was an absolute joy to teach this Unit of work and to help the students develop their drawing skills.

I taught the 5/6 students how to use a basic grid technique to assist them when drawing from an image or photograph as reference. In this case, all students referred to a photograph that I had taken and printed for them. A grid was applied over the photo and then the same grid was reproduced at a scale of 1:1 on a new A3 sheet of white paper. Students used the photograph with the grid as a guide to draw their portrait using grey lead pencil and charcoal.

The portraits above and below are by Grade 5/6 B students. Next week I will post some work by 5/6 A. All completed portraits will be on display at school sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Just like Modigliani – Grade 3/4 A&B

Grade 3/4 A&B students have recently finished their Amedeo Modigliani inspired portraits. Above and below are just a few but I will be sure to photograph and upload some more. The students have done a fabulous job and they should all be very proud of their achievements during this Unit of work. These were created using chalk pastel on black card.

Key features of Modigliani’s portraits:

  • He used basic shapes and painted long, oval faces with stretched out necks
    and long limbs.
  • Eyes, noses and mouths in the faces are not positioned in the ‘right’ place.
  • His portraits were often outlined in black.
  • Sometimes the faces are tilted.