Grade 5/6 A&B – ‘Blue Dog’

We have blue dogs galore on display at Monmia. These appropriations of George Rodrigue’s ‘Blue Dog’ by Grade 5/6 are just wonderful! Im so proud of the way my students embraced and approached this Unit of work. It has deffinitaly been one of my favourite to teach.

The Pop Art inspired backgrounds complement the monochromatic paintings of the dog so well. The key to these backgrounds was to keep it simple – bold colour and geometric shapes.

I love how each dog differs in looks and personality!

I’ll be teaching this Unit again with my Semester 2 Grade 5/6 students. Cant wait! I hope the students enjoy this as much as 5/6 A&B did.

Grade Prep A – Fruit, Fruit, Fruit!

This was a really successful and fun single lesson activity. Grade Prep students practiced drawing a variety of different fruits. They worked really hard on improving their colouring and cutting skills.

I made the fruit bowl and the students and I filled it with the fruits they had made. Great work Grade Prep!

Grade 5/6 A&B – Collagraph Relief Printmaking

This week Grade 5/6 A&B started producing their relief prints from the collagraph plates they created during our previous lesson.

The students really enjoyed learning about this method of printmaking and they were very excited when it was their turn to use the roller and barren to print their own edition.

Only 9 or so students from each class were able to print (3 students at a time). It was a challenge trying to keep the rest of the class on task whilst assisting students to print. Unfortunately, we don’t have the space to set up any more than 3 printmaking stations. It is really important that students who aren’t at the printing station have work to continue on with. In this case, students were adding the final details to their ‘Blue Dog’ appropriations.

I think the prints the students produced are fantastic! They are so beautiful. This is the first time I’ve taught collagraph printing. I think its such a wonderful method of printmaking – appropriate for all levels with changes to the theme/design brief.

I asked Grade 5/6 to simply base their collagraph design on the art elements of line, shape and texture. They came up with some great ideas using a variety of very basic materials. The collagraph plates are an art work in themselves. I think I will display the printing plates with a print from each students edition.

By the end of week 10 I hope all students will have had an opportunity to produce their edition of prints. I look forward to posting more photographs soon.

Grade 3/4 A&B – Relief Printmaking

Grade 3/4 A&B have been learning about relief printmaking and how to create a scratch foam printing plate.

The theme for this unit of work was all things insect, spider and creepy crawly! I provided the students with some stimulous material to help them develop their own ideas and sketches. They were required to choose one of their drawings to transfer onto a piece of scratch foam. Students traced their original drawing and put the tracing paper on top of their foam plate. Then they used a pencil to draw back over the outlines of their work so it would make an impression in the foam.

Students learnt how to use a roller and barren correctly before printing their own edition of prints. Some students also created a unique background to print on and have included this in their edition. Next week the students will be learning how to correctly label their prints and how to mount and present their favourite one.

Grade 5/6 A&B – Collagraph Plates

This week in Visual Arts, Grade 5/6 students started learning about collagraphs and relief printmaking.

All of the students created a printing plate that explores the elements of line, shape and texture.

I can’t wait to help the students ink these plates up in our next class to create their own edition of prints. Stay tuned…