Grade 5/6 A&B – Collagraph Relief Printmaking

This week Grade 5/6 A&B started producing their relief prints from the collagraph plates they created during our previous lesson.

The students really enjoyed learning about this method of printmaking and they were very excited when it was their turn to use the roller and barren to print their own edition.

Only 9 or so students from each class were able to print (3 students at a time). It was a challenge trying to keep the rest of the class on task whilst assisting students to print. Unfortunately, we don’t have the space to set up any more than 3 printmaking stations. It is really important that students who aren’t at the printing station have work to continue on with. In this case, students were adding the final details to their ‘Blue Dog’ appropriations.

I think the prints the students produced are fantastic! They are so beautiful. This is the first time I’ve taught collagraph printing. I think its such a wonderful method of printmaking – appropriate for all levels with changes to the theme/design brief.

I asked Grade 5/6 to simply base their collagraph design on the art elements of line, shape and texture. They came up with some great ideas using a variety of very basic materials. The collagraph plates are an art work in themselves. I think I will display the printing plates with a print from each students edition.

By the end of week 10 I hope all students will have had an opportunity to produce their edition of prints. I look forward to posting more photographs soon.

Grade 3/4 A&B – Relief Printmaking

Grade 3/4 A&B 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. Next week the students will be learning how to correctly label their prints and how to mount and present their favourite one.

Grade 5/6 A&B – Collagraph Plates

This week in Visual Arts, Grade 5/6 students started learning about collagraphs and relief printmaking.

All of the students created a printing plate that explores the elements of line, shape and texture.

I can’t wait to help the students ink these plates up in our next class to create their own edition of prints. Stay tuned…

Grade 1/2 A&B – Autumn Trees


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 Autumn and what this season looks like, sounds like and feels like. Then, using grey led pencil, they drew a tree on a tall black sheet of paper. Students used PVA glue to ‘draw’ over the outline of their tree. 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 warm, Autumn colours for their tree, and cooler colours for the sky background.

Grade 1/2 did a fantastic job creating these artworks. The students were very proud of their finished pieces. These beautiful Autumn trees will be on display in the school courtyard for the next couple of weeks.


Grade 5/6 A&B – ‘Blue Dog’

A couple of the completed ‘Blue Dog’ appropriations by Grade 5/6. Students created a Pop Art inspired background for their dog using coloured paper. Then, they carefully cut out their painting and positioned the dog on the background.

These look fantastic! The students have really impressed me with their ability to paint in a monochromatic way. As soon as some more are collaged to backgrounds, I will post them here.

Monmia Primary School Art Show 2017

The annual Monmia Primary School Art Show was held on Monday evening. I was blown away by the number of students, families and friends of the Monmia community that attended.

I am so proud of all of the students for working with such effort and pride to create their art pieces. Each of the learning spaces looked fabulous! Full of creativity. Gorgeous farm animals in the Prep area, ponds beaming with koi in the Grade 1/2 learning space, Modigliani inspired portraits and buildings galore in the Grade 3/4 CLS and an amazing display of Pop Art and portraits in the Grade 5/6 rooms.

If you weren’t able to attend the Art Show on Monday evening, please enjoy looking at photographs of some of the artworks below. Encourage your child to talk to you about their artwork/s displayed in the show and how they went about making and creating these pieces.

Grade 1/2 A&B – Cyanotypes

Yesterday Grade 1/2 students made these gorgeous cyanotypes.

They began by tracing two creatures of their choice using permanent marker onto a sheet of transparency. Then students created a habitat arrangement for their creatures using sticks, leaves, plants and grass from outside in the school yard.

Once their composition was complete, students carefully moved their transparency sheet with accompanying plant material onto a sheet of cyanotype paper. They carried their boards outside and placed them in the sun for a few short minutes. Cyanotype paper reacts to UV light.

When students took their boards back inside, they removed the plant material and transparency sheet to reveal a unique photogram. The looks and sounds of excitement amongst the students was just wonderful. They rinsed their artwork in running water to fix it into place and to stop further exposure whilst still wowing at the results.

All of the cyanotypes will be on display at the upcoming Art Show on Monday 22 May.


Grade 3/4 A&B – City Buildings


Grade 3/4 students have been busy working on their city buildings. Students have been exploring the work of Paul Klee and the way he used colour and shape in his artworks. They have also been learning about how to create an illusion of distance and depth in an artwork by using a basic one point perspective technique and the element of tone.

The students finished artworks will be presented as a standing installation in the upcoming Art Show!

Grade 5/6 A&B – Monochromatic ‘Blue Dog’


Grade 5/6 students have been exploring the work of George Rodrigue. He was Born in Louisiana in the USA and is best known for his Blue Dog series of paintings. Rodrigue modelled the Blue Dog after his own pet named Tiffany.

Students are learning about tints and shades in order to paint an appropriation of ‘Blue Dog’ in a monochromatic way. For a traditional monochrome painting, only a single colour of paint, and black and white are used to create different colour tint and shade values in an image.

I’m looking really forward to seeing the students finished paintings. Stay tuned!