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Recreating Famous Masterpieces


  The year 5/6 students have been working very hard to try their hand at recreating some famous masterpieces inspired by the article Bored Office Workers Re-Create Art Masterpieces. 


The students chose an artwork and used basic equipment they already had or could find / create in the art room. The results are amazing. All of the original artworks were photographed from the following books to show the new and old together. 

The Impressionist Art Game – O’Reilly (Birdcage Books)

European Masters Stadel Museum 19th -20th century (exhibition book NGV)

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo Del Prado (NGV / art exhibitions Australia)

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne & Beyond – Post Impressionism from the Musee D’Orsay – Masterpieces from Paris – NGA exhibition book

Genius and Ambition – The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768 – 1918 – Bendigo Gallery Exhibition book

No One Saw – Ordinary things through the eyes of an Artist  – By Bob Raczka (a really fantastic resource every art room should have a copy)

Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake

Roy and Matilda the Gallery Mice By Susuan Venn

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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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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


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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5/6S Henri Rousseau

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For this session we did our backgrounds. First we drew a horizon line on our A4 paper, 3 cm from the top. Then we painted the sky blue and the ground green. Brianna and Dallas drew a mountain hill horizon line. Next we are going to add paper collage on our backgrounds. Plus Steph was the person who took photos of peoples work. We also looked at some of Henri Rousseau’s jungle artworks, we think he did pretty well considering he’d never actually seen a jungle. We learnt a little bit about him, like he wasn’t just an artist until he was in his 40s. Most of the class liked his artworks because they were colourful and looked a little bit like animation backgrounds.


By Brianna, Dallas and

photographer Stephanie

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Monday 11th August




Grade 5/6H started a new project today. We are exploring the work of Henri Rousseau, in particular his jungle artworks. His style is very different to what we have explored so far. I am using an activity inspired by Belinda Duncan’s book Art Inspirations using paper techniques. We had some very interesting discussions about what we liked and didn’t like in the paintings. One student thought that they looked like animation backgrounds and another suggested that they looked real but not quite. Some weren’t impressed by the subject matter and others liked the heavy detail and use of color. Today we just completed our background using a horizon line and coloring the sky section with blue food dye and the land with green paint, ready to start our collage next week.

Grade Prep M had a lot of fun creating mini paper sculptures today using some old computer boxes as a base and working with coloured paper and folding techniques to create unique artworks. Everyone was very engaged and enjoying trying to create fan folds, paper curls, loop the loops, fringing and interesting cut shapes.

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Grade 3/4FJ worked on their FANCY FEET artworks focusing on the pattern side of things today. At first 20 patterns seemed an unreachable target for some, but by the end of the session most students had gone well beyond the minimum 20 pattern guideline, several students stretching to see just how many they could actually come up with. We have finished this project now so these will be on display soon. Some have to spend just a little more time to complete them, a group spending a lovely and chatty lunchtime today to work on them. 🙂

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Chinese Horse canvas


5/6s have been painting horses on a canvas.

The two hard parts were drawing the horse and painting it carefully on the canvas.

Some of our success criteria were to keep the canvas background clean and white, choose and use an appropriate brush and be careful with the brush strokes, only use black and red and to have a go.

Emily.S had trouble on figuring out what horse to draw.  She drew a horse head and a full horse. Hayley drew a horse head around the moon and the horse character. We both like our drawings.

I think most people in the class were proud of their work, most of them haven’t drawn horses before and everyone created a canvas that looked like a horse on it 🙂

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Year of the Horse Canvases 5/6H

IMG_2326In the past weeks the students in 5/6S have been learning how to draw and design their own horse. First we started off by drawing in our books then designing them onto a canvas.  Some of us had never drawn a horse before so we had a go trying our own ideas first.  We could only use black and red and white for the background. In term 4 we will be having an arts extravaganza and all of the drawings would be shown on display. Tegan-  My work was very hard to do because I didn’t know how to draw a horse but in the end I got it.  Annika-  I think all the canvases all together will look really cool because they are all the same colors. In the end everyone had fun and we were excited that we were finished.

– Annika & Tegan

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5/6H Year of the Horse canvas paintings

This term we have been working on painting little horses on small canvases. The colours that we were allowed to use include; blue, but only by itself, red and black. We were allowed to use red and black together on the canvas. You could write the character for horse in Chinese, [ma] on the canvas or the pinyin ma. You could also write ‘year of the horse’ or 2014 on the canvas as well as the picture of your horse. At the start we drew lots of pictures of horses on a piece of paper and the next week we chose which horse we liked best and drew it on a canvas. Then we painted it with the colours allowed and perfected it. We have had a great time doing this and we hope that the students, parents and teachers like the display at the Arts Extravaganza.

By Grace Calvird and Matilda Hope

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Year of the horse 5/6H

In term 3 this week we are focusing on drawing Chinese horses. After we practice drawing our horses we are going to paint them on a mini canvas. We are hoping to present them at the town hall on at the arts extravaganza this year. We all are very excited about showing our artwork to every one.

By Kate and Maddy

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