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 3/4 C&D 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.
Printmaking is one of my favourite art methods to teach! I just love watching my students faces when they lift their paper from their printing plate to eagerly observe their results.
Grade 1/2 students have been exploring the artworks of Vincent van Gogh. They have been learning about the way he used line, colour and texture in his work.
Students talked about Spring and what this season looks like, sounds like and feels like. Then, using grey led pencil, they draw from observation a vase with blossom tree branches. Students used PVA glue to ‘draw’ over the outlines of their work. This was then left to dry.
When the PVA glue dried it left raised, bumpy lines throughout the artwork. These created an interesting texture and base to apply a different type of media on top. The students worked with oil pastels, drawing short and quick strokes, to replicate the painting style of van Gough. They used bubble wrap coated with paint to ‘stamp’ little blossoms onto the tree branches.
Grade 1/2 did a fantastic job creating these artworks. The students were very proud of their finished pieces.
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!
Yesterday was Grade 3/4 Planning Day. Therefore, I had the opportunity to teach 3/4A for a double lesson.
The students learnt about Vincent Van gogh and the way he applied paint using lots of lines and a mix of colours. They began this task with some observational drawing. Students sketched the cherry blossoms and the vase I had placed them in. They used oil pastels to imitate the textured brush strokes of Van gogh – rendering their vase, blossom branches and leaves.
Students applied pink paint to bubble wrap and used this to add blossom flowers to their artwork – stamping throughout the branches. This was a really fun mixed media activity.
Grade 3/4 C&D students worked superbly on these paper flowers for the school concert. They carefully cut out and arranged their flower petals in a radial manner. Students learnt how to fringe and curl paper to add a sculptural element to their work. Some lovely colour combinations. A really enjoyable activity. These looked fantastic as props during the concert!
As promised, here are some more of the Grade 5/6 semi-abstract nature artworks. Arn’t they stunning!
Such beautiful and expressive use of colour, line and shape.
So many students excelled at this task and pushed themselves to achieve such outstanding results. These works will go up on display next week. Be sure to check them out!
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 3/4 students have been learning about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani and analysing the key characteristics of his portraits.
The students discussed how he used basic shapes and painted long, oval faces with stretched out necks. They also observed how the eyes, noses and mouths in Modigliani’s portraits are not positioned in the ‘right’ place.
Students used a photograph of themselves as inspiration to draw a self-portrait in the style of Modigliani. They worked with oil pastels or soft pastels to add blocks of colour and finished off their work with a black outline just like Modigliani so often did.
Such a fun activity. I love teaching this Unit of work to Grade 3/4. The kids seem to find it interesting and different and they are not afraid to have a go at drawing themselves in this quirky style. I think they enjoy the fact that these portraits are out of proportion and a bit unusual.
Grade 5/6 students have been learning about different types of art including still life, realism, abstract and semi-abstract.
They have also been learning about well known Australian artist Margaret Preston. Preston’s subjects ranged from bold, colourful still life paintings and prints of native and introduced Australian flowers and animals, to impressions of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
For this Unit of work, I provided students with a variety of Margaret Preston woodblock prints to use as inspiration. Below is a photograph of Preston and one of her woodblock prints – Banksia and trunk 1935.
Students learnt about the art principle of cropping and used a small frame to explore and find a section of a Preston print that they liked. After deciding on their cropped section, students drew a sketch on A3 paper of that area.
I added a bit of a twist to this task – a semi-abstract twist. Students were asked to transform their sketch into a semi-abstract artwork using portfolio pastels and a warm and cool colour scheme. With semi-abstract art, the subject remains recognizable although the forms are highly stylized in a manner derived from abstract art.
I taught the students how to apply and dry blend the portfolio pastels. Below are some photos of students applying pastel to their work. They had to decide if their subject matter would be rendered in warm or cool colours and then they had to do the opposite for the background.
I am blown away by what the students have achieved throughout this unit of work. Their finished artworks are so beautiful! They have nailed the semi-abstract brief. I can’t wait to create a display of work at school. As more students complete their pieces I will photograph and post for you to view.