The National Gallery of Victoria has an exhibition by Vincent Van Gogh on display until July 12th called Van Gogh and the Seasons. The 5/6 students have recently looked at recreating a painting from 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh called Irises. They thought about the painting in sections- foreground, middle ground and background. They drew lines and shapes with black oil pastel and began to paint their work to create an effect of texture. We will continue to work on this in Term 3.
The 3/4 classes have been busy creating two art pieces and “morphing” them together to create an “agamograph”. You view this work from both sides so you can see each individual piece. There were lots of “wows!” when the students realised how it all came together. This work is inspired by the artist Yaacov Agam, who is known for his optical and kinetic art.
Various media were used as well as the techniques of drawing lines and folding. A great deal of persistence to complete this task was also required. Well done to the 3/4 artists!
The Preps have read and responded creatively to a new book in our library called Under The Love Umbrella by Davina Bell. The message of the book is that even when things are not going so well, we are always under someone’s love umbrella. There were also umbrellas to search for on each page.
The last umbrella in the book was in the sky, made from fireworks and that page inspired our art piece. Fluorescent oil pastels were used to draw the lines and then washed over with black paint. The Preps then created the people they have under their love umbrellas. Who is under your love umbrella?
You might like to borrow this book from the library to read with your family.
The 3/4 classes have been introduced to a story called Only One You by Linda Kranz to start the year in Visual Arts.
There are many positive messages throughout, with ideas to help us make the world a better place, such as:
- Be Kind
- Treasure Your Family & Friends
- Be Enthusiastic
- Use Your Imagination
The 3/4 students designed a fish like those in the story and decorated a message to add to a display in the corridor.
How do you help to make the world a better place?
Each class has now visited the Art Room twice and all have made a creative start to 2017. The 5/6 classes have completed their first project, which incorporated folding and cutting shapes from paper. It was amazing to see what had been created when we carefully opened the paper. We discussed the lines of symmetry and repeated patterns in our work. We followed the process three times to create a layered effect with colours. These pieces are on display in the Art Room for visitors to enjoy looking at.
The 1/2 classes have spent the last few weeks in art making a creature from clay. We started by making a pinch pot for the head and then learnt how to join eyes, teeth and a tongue by scoring the clay. We left them to dry and then painted a white undercoat, followed by bright colours. Lastly we made a base for our creature to sit on and gave it a gloss layer to make it shine. We encountered some problems with pieces falling off but a little bit of glue fixed them up. Please stop and have a look at them in the hallway but we ask that you please don’t touch them as they are very delicate.
Visitors will notice some beautiful art on display around the school connected to some of the Book Week nominated books. The Preps read and made their own ‘Mr Huff’ which are on display together in the office. The 1/2 classes read and made a ‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ mobile. The 3/4 classes read and made their own piranha after reading ‘Piranahs Don’t Eat Bananas’ and the 5/6 classes thought about their own perfect day to depict on wooden planks after reading ‘Perfect’. The art activities are always a popular part of our whole school Book Week celebrations!
The Preps have been busy making masks like those worn at the festival of Carnival in Brazil. It is held every year in different parts of the country but the most well known parade is in Rio, where the Olympics are being held in August. Sequins, feathers and squares were used to decorate the masks these Preps are wearing. We hope we see some more colourful masks at the Opening Ceremony.
The 1/2 classes have been learning about ancient Aboriginal rock art in Visual Arts. We looked at examples and today watched the video that Mr C. posted on the blog for the 3/4 homework task. We created a background by tearing and scrunching brown paper and adding texture with oil pastels. In the next lesson, we added an animal shape, as traditionally animals are used in the Dreamtime stories. We added paint in earthy colours with a matchstick. To complete our piece, we traced around our hands with white paint and finished off the lines and patterns in the animals. We hope you like our art and would love to read your comments.
The change of seasons over the school holidays has inspired the 3/4 students first piece of art for Term 2. We began by drawing a tree that has trunk and branches in four parts of our page. We then used oil pastel to add colour to the tree and then went over the background with a blue food dye wash. In the next lesson, we began work on the seasons. White paint and tissue paper were used to represent winter and autumn. These are a work in progress, with summer and spring to be completed in next week’s lesson. We will show you how they look once completed!
The Preps have made a great start to art! We have been learning about colour mixing and the colour wheel.
They have painted, drawn lines with oil pastels, traced a template, cut around their shapes and glued their petals down to the background. A colour wheel centre and a stem and leaf with scrunched paper were the finishing touches. They look fabulous, Preps! Did you enjoy this task?
The 5/6 students have worked hard over the last four lessons to create a piece of art inspired by Pop Art. We discussed the use of colour, bold lines, shape and space when creating this piece. The 5/6 students might like to comment in this post about what they enjoyed or learnt in the process of creating this piece. The completed pieces will be on display in the corridor.
The 3/4 classes have made a great start to 2016 in Art. They have begun the year by drawing a self portrait on grid paper. The students then followed a pattern to finish the art piece with their names on a smaller grid. These pieces will be on display in the corridor for everyone to enjoy looking at.
The 1/2 students enjoyed reading the book Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and were then inspired to recreate the front cover with the main character, Gerald, striking a pose.
We discussed the message the book was giving us and made some connections to our work in Visual Arts. Some ideas were:
- Everyone does things their own way
- You don’t have to be the same as everyone else
- We need to appreciate each others differences
You did some wonderful painting and drawing, 1/2s!
The 5/6 students have been exploring symmetry with the complementary colours on the colour wheel. They are the colours opposite each other and those that work well together. They are red and green, blue and orange and purple and yellow. The students cut interesting shapes from the paper, then flipped them so they are a mirror image. They look very impressive.
Our Art Show on Thursday night was a wonderful showcase of our student’s creative work in Visual Arts. It was so pleasing to have so many families come along, enjoying the gallery and taking the time to wander through, looking at all the pieces on display. A big thank you to the Grade 6 Art Monitors for all their assistance leading up to the event. The raffle of art prizes will be drawn at an assembly on Thursday.
Last Monday the whole school celebrated Book Week by participating in an art activity associated with one of the Book Week books. The Preps read Go to Sleep, Jessie. The 1/2s read A House of Her Own. The 3/4s read Pig the Pug and the 5/6s read The Stone Lion. It was great to see everyone engaged in a creative response and sharing their work in a whole school assembly in the afternoon. We explored many art skills as well as enjoying books by Australian authors and illustrators.
The 3/4 classes have been working on a new piece of art incorporating shape, colour and value. This week they chose a paint colour from the colour wheel and mixed white with it creating tints. They will move on to mixing black to their original colour to create shades. Everyone was concentrating very hard to produce their best work.
The 1/2s have been learning about warm colours (red, yellow & orange) and cool colours (blue, green and purple) on the colour wheel. They painted two pieces of paper using just those colours. When their work was dry, they made one piece into a loom and drew interesting lines on the back of the other piece. They cut on the lines and used the pieces to go over and under to weave through the loom. Well done everyone!