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.
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!
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.
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!