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!

Paper sculpture portraits – Grade 3/4

How awesome are these paper portraits! This Unit of work was so much fun.

Grade 3/4 students used basic paper collage and paper sculpture techniques to create these artworks over three lessons.

Love these pics of the kids holding their artwork in front of their actual head!

Space Portraits – Grade Prep A

I love Prep portraits. Especially Semester 1 Prep portraits. They always make me laugh and smile.

Prep students learnt about portraits and discussed all of the details in a portrait. They practised drawing themselves in their visual diaries and tried really hard to use their entire page! We started with the head, ears and neck. Then the hair and eyes. This was followed by eyebrows and the nose. Then finally they added their mouth.

The preppies experimented with soft pastels on their final portrait to add colour to their work. Some got a little carried away with the media. They sure didn’t mind getting their fingers dirty!

Leading up to the next lesson, I cut out all of the portraits and glued a space helmet cut out over the top.

The students were asked to create a space themed background for their portrait. First we brainstormed and closed our eyes – picturing ourselves in space. Then the preps used soft pastels to draw stars and planets. I provided each child with a moon and showed them how to add craters.

Finally, the students glued their portrait onto their background. Such a great first Unit of work for these little artists!

Grade 5/6 – Picasso inspired cubist portraits


Grade 5/6 students have been working hard on their cubist portraits. They planned their artwork in their new visual diaries before starting on their final piece.

To inspire the students I showed them a variety of Picasso works. They seemed to really enjoy viewing and discussing them.

I also gave students a ‘Picasso Portrait Guide’ handout to give them ideas for the head shape and facial details. This proved to be really useful.

The children were asked to overlay their grey led portrait with sharp, angular shapes. They are required to demonstrate their understanding of warm and cool colours and the element of tone in their final piece.

I can’t wait to post the finished results. Stay tuned!

Below is my worked example. I presented this to my students so they could see the finished outcome.