Jeannie baker is a famous Australian author and illustrator. She has written many books about family and the environment. The year foundation to year 2 students have been reading some of her stories in the artroom and using her illustrations as inspiration for their own works of art.
The year foundation students are learning about family. Jeannie baker books ‘Grandfather and Grandmother’ tell the story of Jeannie’s family and her memories of times spend with these two special people in her life.
The year 1/2 students are focusing on the environment so have been reading a range of her books such as ‘The story of Rosie Dock’, ‘Where the Forest meets the Sea’ and ‘Window.
Jeannie Baker using collage to illustrate her books and collects items from nature to make these pictures. Have a look on her website and at the short videos she has up. They are fascinating. Students are focusing on texture and creating collages to show either a family portrait or an environmental scene. Stay tuned.
The Foundation students have focused on the Art Elements of Colour and Line this term. They have learnt about mixing the primary colours to make the secondary colours and about using lines to make geometric shapes.
Students look at works by famous artist Jean Mondrian. They then drew a design in their visual diaries and coloured this in using crayons to ensure the pattern and design where correct. Students then painted black lines on to white paper to create geometric shapes such as squares and rectangles. These where then filled in using yellow, red and blue paint. They look striking and I think it would be hard to tell one of our students works from an original!
The whole school concert is only weeks away. Thursday the 13th of October is the big day so make sure you have booked your tickets.
Students have been busy practising and making, designing and preparing for the big day.
Here are some photos of students working on props in the art room. Look out for these on the night of the concert.
A big thank you to the Foundation students who decorated with such detail and thought the tiles for the magic carpet and the year 3/4 Students who cut them out and stuck them down to create the magic carpet. It looks lovely and the Foundation students where so proud!
How fantastic do these look. Im actually surprised that you can tell who so many of the characters are in these portraits. Students thought about colour mixing and shading to create these lovely portraits of people who inspire them . They are on display around the school for you to check out.
An important skill that we must learn in art is Drawing. In visual arts we have had a focus on drawing each week in the year’s 3-6.
Each class begins with a five minute ‘Get Your Art Brain Ready Drawing Activity’. This is a quick drawing or sketch of an item in the students visual diaries. The drawing activity is to encourage students to focus on the art activity, calm them down on entering the art room and get their brain working in an artsy way. Students are encouraged to draw what they see, not what they know is there or what they think it there. they are encouraged to think of size, texture and angle. Some classes students are asked to not touch the item so that they have to draw it from the most challenging angle instead of moving the item so it is in an easy to draw position.
Using the visual diaries is a fantastic way to see the improvements and challenges that students have overcome and how they have pushed the boundaries when drawing a range of items.
The year 3/4 Students have focused on self portraits and using pastels to add texture to their features.
Each week we focused our drawing skills on to a feature or the face.
Week 1 was focused on positioning of the features, face shapes and how we can cut the face up to see the maths in a portrait.
The following weeks consisted on focus lessons on drawing eyes, noses, ears, mouths and hair.
The final patchwork faces are striking, fun and very well proportioned.
The year 3/4 students should be very happy with they work!
As we approach the holidays I have been busy planning some fun activities for the F-2 students. The foundation students will be making some fun Easter masks that they will use for a fun Easter drama activity.
I would like to thank the two fantastic parents who cut out the 100 masks for us. What would I do with out help from these lovely families. Thanks again.
This week is Collaborative Art Work Week. Each class is taking part in creative a large group art work on a canvas for our school fate.
The school fate will be held in March. Each class is asked to produce a canvas to be sold at a silent auction. Today the years 1/2 students took a mid term break from Performing Arts to complete their class art work. Some of the year 5/6 students also completed their canvas today.
The years 1-6 students will be focusing on printing. Years 1/2 students also completed their back ground with some ink blowing to create a patterned, textured and bright background.
Hope you enjoy the photos and seeing the canvases at the fate.