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!

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.

Just like Modigliani – Grade 3/4 A&B

Grade 3/4 A&B students have recently finished their Amedeo Modigliani inspired portraits. Above and below are just a few but I will be sure to photograph and upload some more. The students have done a fabulous job and they should all be very proud of their achievements during this Unit of work. These were created using chalk pastel on black card.

Key features of Modigliani’s portraits:

  • He used basic shapes and painted long, oval faces with stretched out necks
    and long limbs.
  • Eyes, noses and mouths in the faces are not positioned in the ‘right’ place.
  • His portraits were often outlined in black.
  • Sometimes the faces are tilted.

Stain Glass Kite Sun Catchers!

A little earlier on in the term, Grade 1/2 students created these beautiful stain glass kite sun catchers to decorate our art room windows. The materials used were black card, clear contact and tissue paper.

I cut the basic kite shape out, stuck it to the contact and trimmed the black strips. Placement of the sectioning strips was determined by the students. Then they used pieces of coloured tissue paper to fill in each section. Super easy and a beautiful way to brighten up any window.


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!