Grade 1/2 A&B – Frogs and microscopic pond creatures

Grade 1/2 students have been imagining what microscopic pond creatures might look like under a microscope. They have carefully examined the lines and organic shapes in their artworks and then turned them into the little bugs and creatures that lie hidden in pond water. A selection of John Olsen’s artworks have been a wonderful inspiration for this task.

As mentioned in a previous post, my students really enjoyed watching the following video:

The Hidden Life in Pond Water –

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.

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.

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!

Hello. Nice to meet you!

My name is Miss Burridge and I teach P-6 Visual Arts at Monmia Primary School.

I love making art with children and teaching them about art in our world. Photography, printmaking and ceramics are my favorite types of art to experiment with in my free time.

Through this blog I will share the work that Monmia students are creating and making in my Art Room.

Welcome and enjoy!