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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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Do you want to make a snowman?

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Prep students explored oil pastel and wash techniques to create their own snowmen.


The first step was to draw a snowman, we decided it needed 3 circles each one slightly smaller than the first, starting at the bottom of the page. Next we added a face (complete with carrot nose), arms and maybe some buttons or a bow tie, some had hats too.


After the snowman was drawn we needed to colour it in using oil pastel. We had to press very hard to create a barrier so the wash later wouldn’t cover our snowmen. It was hard work to do this bit.


When our snowman was coloured we put down newspaper and made sure our art smocks were on, then we painted over the whole page with blue food dye. We could see if we missed any colouring. This was the best bit of the project..


So…….. Do you want to build a Snowman?


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