Art at The Pines

The canvas our school created on the theme of ‘Celebrating Careers’ for 2019 Education Week is now on display at The Pines Shopping Centre outside the Bank of Melbourne. Please go and vote for our beautiful art so that we are in the running for the prize of a $1000 Officeworks voucher.

Dry Felting in 5/6

The 5/6 classes have been trying a new technique in art called dry felting. We used a foam block, felting needle, wool pieces and some felt. We looked at some artwork created by Joan Miró, a Spanish artist to inspire us. We drew a plan in our Visual Diaries, considering our use of line, shape and colour. We discussed using the needle safely. We went to work attaching the wool to the felt background.

Here are some finished pieces.

5/6 Colour Wheels

The 5/6 classes have been mixing primary colours to create secondary and tertiary colours. They traced their own template design and painted each one, referring to the colour wheel. After each shape was cut out, it was assembled into their own colour wheel. Great persistence was demonstrated by the students!

3/4 Abstract Painting

The 3/4 classes have been busy creating an abstract painting by mixing primary colours to secondary colours. In the first lesson  yellow and red were mixed to make orange. In the next lesson blue and yellow were mixed to make green. Finally red and blue were mixed to make purple. We also learnt about making tints by adding white to the colours. Detail was added and the art work was framed on black paper.

What would you like to tell our community about your art 3/4 students?


1/2 Clay Sea Turtles

The 1/2 classes have used clay this term to create a sea turtle. They rolled a piece of clay into a ball and pressed it down onto a texture plate to create a pattern for the shell of the turtle.  Next they rolled three equal coils that made the head, legs and tail of the turtle. They used slip (watered down clay) on a toothbrush to join all the parts together and smoothed them with their finger. They pressed eyes onto the head, shaped the legs and added a mouth. The turtles have been drying in the Art Room, and will be ready to paint next week!


Irises by 5/6

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.

Agamograms by 3/4

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!



Under The Love Umbrella by Prep

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.


Colour Wheel of Emotions

In Visual Arts, the 1/2 classes have read the book ‘My Many Coloured Days’ by Dr. Seuss and then looked at posters of emotions. We then worked on making a colour wheel linking the colours to certain emotions. The students have drawn some wonderful faces and scenarios to match each emotion.



Only One You by 3/4s

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?

5/6 Start to Art!

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.


Clay Creatures

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.


Quilling in 3/4

The 3/4 classes have been learning a new skill in art called quilling. They have become familiar with using a quilling tool and long strips of paper. The paper gets wound around the tool to create coils.

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Everyone has come up with their own design to use the coils and they all look amazing! 

Book Week Art Activities

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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!

Prep Carnival Masks

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.

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1/2 Aboriginal Inspired Rock Art

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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. 

3/4 Season Trees

NickMThe 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!


Prep Colour Flowers

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?

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5/6 Pop Art!

IMG_2659The 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.

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3/4 Pixel Portraits

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.

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