Grade 5/6 A&B – Pop Art Sculptures

Back in the art room after two weeks of school holidays! This week Grade 5/6 students began painting and detailing their Pop Art ice cream and donut sculptures.

First they recorded their ideas – creating a plan for how they would approach the painting and detailing component of this task. Idea development is an important step towards achieving desired art making results.

Next week students will complete their sculptures. They will all be on display at the annual Monmia P.S Art Show on Monday 22 May. Save the date!

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.

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.

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.