Year 3/4 Still Life Collage & Paint

image image imageThe year 3/4 students have been using the mediums of collage and paint to finish off their Still Life Rule of Thirds Drawings. I can’t wait to see them finished. They look fantastic so far and the collage tiling is very effective on the painted background.

As the year 3/4 students have been learning about rules in the classroom, we have also been focusing on rules in art. We looked at The Rule of Thirds and how artists use composition to create works of art. We spoke about using scale, balance and proportion (focusing on the art principles and elements) and looked at a range of still life works of art. Our focus artists was Vincent Van Gogh and his sunflower paintings. We spoke about how some of the flowers are on different angles and some cut off the page.


Students then had a go at drawing their own Still Life using a template of The Rule of Thirds. This helped them to think about size, scale and composition.

They are still working of their final pieces.

5/6 Mixed Media

On Friday I was clearing the drying rack in the Artroom and having a closet look at the year 5/6 Mixed Media En Plein Air art works. They all look fantastic! I took a few quick pics of some that looked almost finished and thought I’d share the progress with you! image image image image image

The Brunswick Zines Festival

I just love all the festivals they have in Brunswick and the surrounding suburbs. On the weekend I popped into the Zines festival in Florence Street Brunswick. I have been looking to buy some Zines lately for a project I want to get started at school. So when an add popped up for this festival I knew I had to stop by.

What is a Zine? A Zine is a small original self published booklet, magazine or book containing a range of pictures, text, artworks or a combination of all of these created by an artist that is usually reproduced using a photocopier for distribution.

Some Zines tell a story, some look like comics, but my favourite are the combination ones using mixed media.

Here are some photos of the ones I bought. And some images of what Is inside these Zines.

It is also fun to create Zines yourself. I’m working on one at the moment. Have a go yourself.imageimageimageimageimage

QR Codes

I have been trying to up the visitor numbers and comments on the blog over the term and am finding it hard to get visitors. So in an attempt to get people to the blog and to expose the amazing art work and music the fantastically creative MPPS Students are doing I have begun to use QR Codes around the school. image

Last week of Term 1-The canvas Trail

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage image imageIt was a cold and windy day outside today but this didn’t stop all those students looking for the hidden canvas for today Canvas Trail. This week the preps were the lucky ones who found majority of the canvases. These prep students have now been invited to complete their own canvas to go back into the trail. I hope to get these canvas from these students ASAP. Thanks preps. As I see each canvas each week and look at the fantastic art I can’t wait until the 2015 MPPS Art Show when they will all be on display together. After that I hope the lucky finder of each artwork treasures their found canvas forever.

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This week we had a number of artworks that were created by students who were past week winners. Also textile artist Simone created two of this week finds using felt and paint. The Five Cent Coin was created using paper mâché by artist and teacher Shannon Cormick.


Thanks everyone one who joined in this term. It has been lots of fun and will continue in term 2!

Prep Xylophone Lessons

The prep students have been learning to play the Xylophones in Performing Arts over the past few weeks. They learnt to keep the beat and listen to each other play to keep in time.


They have also been learning to play Hot Cross Buns. Just in time for Easter. image image image image

I was very surprised at how fast they learnt the notes and the song. I can’t wait to upload a video of them playing as a class. Well done preps.

School holiday at the NGV

As the end of term 1 is rapidly approaching it is time to start thinking about how you will spend the school holidays. I will be visiting the NGV for the 2015 StART Up Top Arts Exhibition. This exhibition showcases some of Victorias outstanding student works in the Arts fields. If your a lover of The Arts I recommend popping down and checking this exhibition out. I might see you there.

May the odds be ever in your favour! Canvas Trail!

Here are the lucky students with their found Canvases from today’s trail. image image image image image


It was another lucky day for the year 3/4 students finding all five canvases. As I was busy teaching today I was lucky enough to be assisted by some of the past Canvas Trail hunters who hid this weeks canvases for me.

Here is a close up of each canvas and a little bit of information about the artist? imageimage

Rasta is a graffiti artist who works with a range of mediums from paint pens and texts to spray cans to pencils. Thanks Rasta! image image

Another canvas by Rasta! image image

Millie is a six year old artist who wanted to join in the trail and create her own work of art! Thanks Millie. image image

This fantastic canvas was created by artist Amon Brock. Amon is the son of our super star 5/6 teacher Ant! Thanks so much Amon.

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This canvas was created by 3/4 student Aaliyah. A fantastic canvas. Well done.


Another great Canvas Trail. Thanks to all who joined the hunt. Better luck next week to everyone who is searching. And may the odds be ever in your favour.  image