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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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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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Busy Week Recap

Well we have had such a busy week this week we haven’t managed any student updates since monday…. so here’s a bit of an update on what we’ve been doing.

Prep students have started working on their artworks to be displayed at the Production later this term. We took their photos and they have been turning themselves into circus performers through use of collage and colouring. They are looking very cool so far. We have acrobats, jugglers, clowns and even a ringmaster 🙂 You’ll have to wait till after the production to see them on here though… I don’t want to ruin the surprise.

Year 1 and 2 students have started exploring simple batik techniques using chalk and oil pastels with cats as our subjects. We chose cats because they have lots of interesting shapes and patterns. We started by drawing a thick outline with chalk, then we coloured it all in with oil pastel making sure we didn’t go over the chalk. The last thing we did was use different surfaces to create texture through rubbings in the background. Next week we will add the food dye to give it the real batik look.

Year 3 and 4 students have been creating funky feet pictures incorporating Primary and Secondary colours and exploring a variety of patterns created using shape and line. they are colourful and fun and just the thing for this wintery, grey weather. We saw some excellent painting techniques this week.

Finally year 5 and 6 students have started on their year of the horse Chinese artworks. The plan for these is when completed, all the canvases will be set up in a line showing all the different horses drawn. The color scheme is red and black. I think it will look very impressive. So far all of the students have practised drawing horses. I’m so proud of them for giving it a go and wow we have some very impressive drawings so far.

To top it off the students have been working hard on props for the production. We had a very productive week with 2 sessions seeing 3 mirrors and a shoe box almost completed from scratch. Well done everyone.

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We are on the web yay happy dance :)

Well we are finally bringing the art room onto the web. It is my challenge to incorporate a lot more ICT into my Visual Art program so here we are. Please be patient as I work out exactly how to do things 🙂 There will be lots of amazing art works appearing here soon so keep posted.

The art program is aimed to include painting, clay modeling, printing, textiles, drawing, design, photography, collage, artist appreciation and lots more. There is always something cool happening in the art room 🙂

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