Year 1/2 have been working hard to create their Jeannie Baker collage. They are looking fantastic and beginning to show an understanding of an ecosystem and the animals and plants that live in specific environments.
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.
Jeannie baker link below:
This year for Book Week each teacher was asked to choose a book they wanted to read to their class and to complete an art activity to accompany the book. I chose the Winning book ‘Mr Huff’ by Anna Walker.
I loved reading this book over and over and talking to the students about the meanings behind the story and the pictures. Such a powerful message and suitable for all ages. I think every family should have a copy of this book at home.
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 Foundation students have begun a new unit of work this term in PA.
They will be working on the unit of Dance and Music. The music unit will be specifically focusing on singing.
They have been having lots of fun taking part in some dance activities using props such as Scarves.
I love these photos I snapped of some of the perps dancing with the scarves. They are moving so fast the photos are almost blurry.
A small group of year 5/6 students worked during two lunchtimes transforming egg cartons into a piece of artwork.
The piece of artwork they help create was a wreath for Anzac Day.
The students cut up the egg cartons into the flowers of all different shapes and sizes.
These flowers where then pained and glued on to a wreath shape made out of a cardboard box that was wrapped in fabric.
It was hard to imagine how this project would turn out when we first started to look at the design and the idea.
I think the students, myself and the other staff at school where surprised at how fantastic this project turned out.
It was lovely to leave this wreath at the Shrine in Queens Park to show our support and that we are thinking of the People who have been to war.
We have been working on setting up a process with the year 3-6 students on how to use a visual diary as a tool to record information, test out ideas and processes and as a record of our learning in the art room.
This profession Development session game me any ideas and planning tool that I have already started to use in the classroom and in my planning for next term.
A great way to be inspired and get those creative juices flowing.
Starting a new year with a new look. Fresh and clean new drop sheets where added to the Artroom tables this week. I think they look so crisp. I am excited however to see them get a little messy.
I also added a few drawing inspiration and some greenery to the room with a succulent display on each table.