Grade Prep B – Printmaking

Grade Prep B had a blast using various fruit and vegetables as stamps! They were asked to choose 2-3 of their favourite prints and cut them out. These were glued onto brightly coloured papers and the students transformed their prints into quirky and funny little monsters. Of course the option to add some googley eye was a welcome hit!

Grade Prep B – Collage Birds

Sorry I have ben MIA with blog updates! Time has just gotten away from me. The holidays flew by and now we are already four weeks into a super busy term!

Just before the holidays, Grade Prep finished their gorgeous bird collages. These artworks were inspired by Victorian based artist Pete Cromer. Prep students explored a variety of his artworks and learnt about how he creates his amazing pieces using the art method of collage.

Preps painted all of their own paper in preparation for cutting out shapes to build their collage. They experimented with watercolour washes and food dye in spray bottles (super messy fun!).

I developed a worked example and showed students how to draw a variety of shapes to represent the birds body, beak, eye, wing etc. They did a fantastic job carefully cutting out their shapes and putting together their bird. I just love these artworks!

Grade Prep B – The colour wheel

Grade Prep have been learning about the colour wheel and primary and secondary colours.

Preps learnt that the primary colours (red, blue and yellow) are special because they cannot be created by mixing other colours. They learnt that these three special colours are used to create secondary colours (orange, green and purple). This happens when two primary colours are mixed together.

Students made their own colour wheel so that they could learn which primary colour combinations make each secondary colour.

They turned their colour wheels into turtles so that they can refer to them as a handy reminder during activities for the rest of the year.

Grade Prep B – Self Portraits

I just love watching students draw their portraits. Wouldn’t it be great for students to complete a self portrait during each year of Visual Arts to look back on at the end of Grade 6?

Prep B created the above self portraits during their first lesson. We talked about what a portrait actually is and all of the features you need to include when you are drawing one.

The students did a fantastic job! They were very proud of their work.

Last week I asked the students to imagine that they were travelling into space to see the moon. I provided each child with an astronaut helmet template to paste around their portrait. The students were then asked to create a space background using chalk pastels. Love the results!

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 Prep – Around the Farm!

Grade Prep A have been exploring the work of American illustrator Eric Carle and the way that he works with the method of collage to illustrate his stories.

Students began their artworks by preparing different painted sheets of paper to use in their collage. The sky was created using blue food dye. Salt was sprinkled on the wet food dye and as it dried, a blotchy pattern appeared. The students thought these blotches looked like clouds. They used green acrylic paint to cover paper for grass – moving a plastic spatular over their work to create a textured effect.

Students practiced their paper cutting and tearing skills to collage clouds in the sky and grass on the ground. Each student then created a cow and an additional one-two animals of their choice to add to their collage.