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Pinch Pots with Grade 1/2

IMG_3140We have been learning about clay and how to model with it. It is one of our favourite activities in art because it is really fun and we can make things that stand up. Some of the reasons we learn to work with clay are

  • we might need to make something in art with it
  • we might be an artist when we get older
  • people in movies use clay to make models
  • it’s good things to know
  • we don’t always use clay so it’s something different we can do.
  • we can use clay skills in our Discoveries (Discovery projects)
  • it helps the muscles in our hands and lets us create details in a different way.
  • we can use our imaginations

When we are using clay we have to remember to have our smocks on and put our hand up if we want to show our work to Miss Sharp so we don’t drop our work or clay pieces on the floor. We also have to make sure we wash our hands in the red bucket so we don’t need to get the plumber out to fix the sink.

This week we made pinch pots with clay. We had to roll the clay into a ball. Then we had to put our thumbs up and say “i’m awesome” and push our thumb into the clay to make a hole. After that we used our fingers to pinch the clay to make a bowl shape. We had to flatten the bottom on the table a bit so it didn’t roll over. Then we decorated the bowl with a skewer and put a pattern on it. They are drying now so we can paint them when we get back from holidays.

After we had made the pinch pots we used the skills we learnt in the challenge last week and got to make our own models. Olaf from Frozen was a very popular choice 🙂

written by grades 1/2T, 1/2S, 1/2AC and 1/2FC

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Fun Photography App

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Today  we had fun with some photography techniques through a fantastic app called Paper Camera. It gives lots of different options for how your photos look including Comic Boom, Sketch Up, Neon Cola, Bleaching and Con Tours. Each different mode shows the photo a bit differently. We had fun taking these photos while we were finishing off the Rousseau jungle collages today. Go and try the app it’s heaps of fun and a great way to present things a bit differently 🙂 You can see some of the original photos followed by their jazzed up replicas here too.

Jameela 5/6C




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Finished Pop Art 1/2AC



We hadn’t published any of the Pop Art so here is some artwork from Tayiah, Ava and Jaime.

We enjoyed doing Pop Art we had to repeat the same picture but use different colours. Some of the artwork we looked at had tins of tomato soup, sneakers and famous people. I liked that we got to use lots of colours. Painting is one of my favourite activities in art.


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Clay Skills

The grade 1/2s and 3/4s would like to present their clay skills. This is our very first video recording of our works so hopefully there will be a lot more to come 🙂

Please enjoy our clay skills video 🙂

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Photo Stories from 3/4

Last term after a trip to China where I created a book about the holiday with a soft toy cat called Jake, the grade 3/4 students set out to create their own photo stories. We have a collection of soft toy animals that live in the art room and they were chosen to be our subjects.

The students set themselves up in small groups and wrote out their stories and planned how that would look in photos, some even did story boards. When they had taken the photos they had the choice of presenting it in a hard copy or as a powerpoint presentation. any props they needed were also created by the students.

It was a really engaging and fun process for the students. We came up with Trust Licenses so that students could take cameras out into the yard and get their stories looking amazing without the teacher there the whole time. I’ve been trying to develop some ways of building ICT into the art curriculum and this worked really well 🙂 Here is an example of one of the presentations. i’ll add some more in the near future.

If you’re reading this thanks for dropping by and leave a comment so we know you’ve been here. The kids love it 🙂



Rousseau Jungle art clip

Hi everyone i hope you are all enjoying our blog. We are doing the Edublogs challenge so as part of one of our challenges we had a go at creating a little film clip / slide show through Animoto and here it is 🙂

Henri Roussea jungle collages


Clay Challenges

An activity that my students really enjoy is our clay challenges. As a new art teacher to the school

I wasn’t sure how much the students have done before and what skills they are competent and confident in. So we do challenges. Each student gets given their piece of clay and are given little challenges to achieve in a set time.

Challenge 1 – in 3 minutes using all or part of the clay create the smoothest, roundest ball you can….

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Challenge 2 – create another ball of clay and join to the first so they don’t come apart (i do usually demonstrate joining techniques here, I also like students to put their hands together flat and get a friend to pull them apart to demonstrate how easily clay can pull apart if not joined correctly, repeat this with fingers entwined to show the difference). I usually allow 5mins although start testing joins as soon as they are ready.

Challenge 3 – 5 mins to create the longest snake of clay, but it must not be stuck to the table…

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Challenge 4 – 2mins to turn your snake into a snail 🙂
Challenge 5 – make the snail into a pot…. (skill development)

Challenge 6 – pinch pot then pack up the clay 🙂

this is a fun session and the students are always super engaged and on task and it’s a great way to ensure they have the skills before going onto a project. you can add or remove challenges to suit different grades too. I sometimes have them build a tall structure, or make a pancake etc.

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Henri Rousseau’s Jungles grade 5/6

We watched this video to find out more about Henri Rousseau’s artwork Surprised. We have been creating our own artworks that are inspired by this artist. We have watched a couple of different clips to tune in and get ideas. Other video links are bookmarked on the links list further down the page.

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We used this project to try and experiment with some different paper collage techniques. The aim was to have at least 5 different skills used on our own artwork. We also looked at depth and detail and achieving an interesting artwork. We started by painting a horizon line (the line where the land and sky meet) and simply doing the sky blue and and the land green. after that we looked at some of Rousseau’s artworks and discussed detail and what they made us think of. We also thought about what we liked and didn’t like in them.

The final part of the artwork was using collage to create our own jungles. Some of the skills we used were tearing, scrunching, fringing, cutting, curling, rolling and fan folding, some people used other techniques too. We had to make a thick and colorful jungle. Some people made animals and birds for in their jungles. Callum even made a teepee out of material.

We enjoyed this activity and learning more about Henri Rousseau

Reporters – 5/6H, 5/6C & 5/6S     Photographers – Abbie, Jameela

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Discovering Crazy Animals

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Today we had discovered some new crazy creatures.  We are brave explorers and scientists with an artistic flair. We have drawn the new animals that we have discovered making sure we coloured them in so they are easily recognized. We named them using Latin to describe what they look like. Here are some of the creatures.

Mono Bicornis Melano erytho




Monocephalus lenco pedibicornis trivolatus bicauda 


bicephalus brunocornus quadrovolaticus bicauda (2 headed brown horned 4 wings and 2 tails)


we got a little excited with the names… some were bigger than the animals 🙂 

The describing words we were given were

  • mono – 1                            
  • bi – 2                                     
  • tri – 3
  • quadro – 4
  • spina – spined
  • pedi – foot
  • cornis – horn
  • cauda – tail
  • volaticus – winged
  • clavus – spike
  • os – mouth
  • lenca – white
  • erytho – red
  • bruno – brown
  • lineatus – lined
  • punctata – dotted

Miss Sharp’s note – this is a really creative activity that ties in really well with spelling and etymological knowledge. The kids had an absolute ball coming up with their creatures and really enjoyed the role-play of being scientists and explorers. They were starting to think about habitats and habits of their creatures so all in all a fabulous cross curricular activity that doesn’t take a lot of setting up and materials.

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Starry Night Grade 3/4 (photos coming soon)

Starry Night

Photo Credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/29530287@N05/4526539645/”>stephenvance</a> via <a href=”http://compfight.com”>Compfight</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>cc</a>

Here is a copy of the artwork ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh. This is what has inspired our own artworks. Please also check out the link in the bookmarks to another great YouTube clip featuring Don McLeans’ song Starry Night and lots of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh.

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He died when he was 37

He liked bright colours

He only sold one painting in his life

He moved to Paris

He had a brother called Theo

He was Dutch

He committed suicide

He cut off his ear

He suffered from depression

He was a post Impressionist artist

 This week we are doing Van Gogh paintings. We did swirly pictures with food dye. Then we cut and pasted shadows, we learnt they are called silhouettes today. Next we drew with oil pastels, we added extra swirls and a moon and stars. It was very, very colourful.

Bella & Navasha (Bella also was photographer) 3/4B

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Impressionists paint what they feel they paint their impression of how things look – Oscar

We have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh. I learnt that he cut off his own ear. I did the Starry Night picture. I used mainly yellow food dye to make the background but also some green, blue and purple. I used green glitter to finish my work off. I have a black house, 2 cars and a person in my artwork.

Max 3/4FJ

Photographer – Tori 3/4FJ

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