Jeannie Baker Art Inspiration

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.

A collection of items to be used in texture collages.
A collection of items to be used in texture collages.

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Jeannie baker link below:


Book Week 2016

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 art activity was a huge success. The students all love loved making their own special Mr Huff to share secrets and worries with. Their own special worry doll. We all need one of these! screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-4-17-01-pm screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-4-16-53-pm screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-4-16-45-pm


Another art activity that turned out striking was the year 5/6 scrapper board based on the book ‘One Step At a Time’. These works of art are on display in the library. img_5558 img_5559 img_5560

School Concert 2016

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! img_5229 img_5230 img_5234 img_5235

Foundation Dance Unit

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.

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Line and Organic Shapes with the Year 1/2’s

The year 1/2’s have been working on a piece of art that incorportaes line drawings with organic shapes.

Line is an element of art. It is a mark that has direction, width and length. Line can be straight, curvy, bumpy, zig zag, diagonal, horizontal, vertical and much more. The students experimented with line drawing using black marker on white paper. They explored cross hatching to make a range of shades such as light and dark. The backgrounds turned out striking.

Students then added a range of organic shapes that were pre-cut out of bold patterned paper. Organic shapes are shapes with a natural or organic look. They can be shapes that don’t have a specific name like a blob. They are associated with thinks from the natural world like plants, animals, water puddles etc. The students used these pre-cut organic shapes to create a bird on their background. IMG_1569 IMG_1570 IMG_1571 IMG_1572

Preps love Drama

To finish off the semester in Performing Arts the prep students put on a number of small plays based on the book ‘How The Birds Got Their Colours’. They used coloured scarfs hidden in their tops so show the explosion of colour from the poor little doves foot and tried to use their bodies to show what character they were acting out. It was lots of fun. Everyone joined in and did a great job. Well done preps! image

Year 1/2 Students Drama

The year 1/2 students have finished their Performing Arts program for the year. The last topic they studies was drama. Students wrote a script to accompany the story Koala Lou written by Mem Fox. They did a fantastic job putting the story into word, thinking about what the characters would say to tell the story to an audience. Students help to write the script including stage directions and thinking of the maimage imagein characters to include. It was lots of fun writing the script but more fun watching students perform these small plays. image image image image image


What we have enjoyed in Performing Arts this Semester. By 1/2E

  • Hamish liked doing the dancing on the stage.
  • Lilliana liked playing with the parachute.
  • Suleiman liked acting out Koala Lou.
  • Mariana liked learning to play the recorder.
  • Zehra enjoyed practising our dancing.
  • Benan liked playing the instruments.
  • Audrey liked playing with the parachute.
  • Yafet liked jumping.
  • Tom enjoyed putting on a performance.
  • Albe liked playing with all of the instruments.
  • Matthew liked using the recorders.
  • Liliana liked learning how to make cleaning up fun!
  • Grace liked acting out and playing with the parachute.
  • Alexander liked to play with a range on instruments in groups.
  • Iggy liked acting out the character of Koala Lou.
  • Eva enjoyed dancing with the scarfs.
  • Damian enjoyed playing with the parachute.
  • Lilliana enjoyed making up a dancing using her body.
  • Albe liked making an instrument.
  • Hamish liked writing the music for a performance.
  • Alexander liked to clean the recorders and take them apart and put them back together.
  • Eva enjoyed washing the recorders and drying them.
  • Grace liked washing the recorders.
  • Audrey enjoyed washing the recorders.
  • Hamish liked getting the soapy water from the kitchen.
  • Iggy liked collecting the water from the kitchen.
  • Hamish thinks Beth is nice.
  • Lilliana liked playing the instruments.
  • Alexander thinks Beth is a good performing arts teacher.
  • Hamish thinks Beth is Awesome.
  • Albe thinks Beth is nice.
  • Iggy liked when half the class played the recorders and the other half sang the song.
  • Albe likes Beth.
  • Matthew Likes Beth.
  • Beth thinks we were so super at Performing Arts this Semester.