Grade 5 Tribal Mask Collage






Our Grade 5 students made a hessian (burlap) mask by laying  a piece of glue-soaked hessian over a Plasticine mold which they created on a polystyrene tray. When these were dry they peeled off easily and they were painted using student acrylic paints.   Beads, feathers etc. were added for decoration. Instead of wearing the masks, our students used patterned papers, markers, more beads, wire etc. to complete a tribal inspired collage. Which is your favourite?

Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago









During the first two weeks of Term 4 I was traveling in the USA with my husband as he prepared to run the Chicago Marathon. Among the many Art Galleries we visited was the Art Institute of Chicago where I was thrilled to see some of the world’s most famous art works. Can you find which paintings were painted by Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh and Edgar Degas? Which is your favourite painting and why did you choose it?

Lest We Forget

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This year it was 100 years since the ANZAC soldiers landed at Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War 1.  Our thoughts were with soldiers and their families from all the countries involved in the conflict. Our students used mixed media to create a picture of the battle fields  at Flanders (France) at the end of the war. They were particularly keen to add the brilliant red poppies which grow in the fields there and which are mentioned in the famous poem.

Thread “Things”

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Our wintry weather has been the ideal time to have our Grade 3 and 5 students make creatures using woolen threads.The Grade 3 students wound pompoms and decorated them using joggle eyes, felt and beads. The older students used drinking straw looms ( we used 8 straws) to weave fabric which was folded, sewn, stuffed and decorated to create weird and wonderful creatures. These two look like they could be friends. Do you have names for them?

Drinking Straw Weaving

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Our Grade 5 “Non-Campers” made  characters from brightly coloured woolen threads which they wove onto drinking-straw looms. This activity took a lot of concentration and effort so I think they did a great job in a relatively short time. Congratulations everyone!

Puppets’ Big Day Out






Our Grade 3 students used 3 sheets of newspaper, a cardboard roll, masking tape and wallpaper paste to create paper mache “Monster” puppets.  The puppets were painted with water colour paints and coated with glitter paint before being dressed in bold fabrics and threads. Each will have a story to tell. I hope to publish some “Monster adventures” on this blog soon.


Mixed Media – “What makes a rainbow?”

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Our Foundation Students were very busy  during Term 1 creating their version of the book “What makes a rainbow?” It was a mixed media activity using water colour painting, collage and stamping and including skill development in tearing, cutting and pasting, brush use and colour mixing. Congratulations to their Art teacher, Mrs Klepkas, for her ideas and the photography and to all the Foundation students for their great art work.

Drawing Imaginary Animals

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Our Grade 3 students were inspired by an exercise in Carla Sonheim’s book “Drawing Imaginary Animals”. They drew curved lines across their paper  many times before searching for the “creatures” hidden there.

Grade 6 Masks 2014








This year’s Paper Mache masks were different from those done in previous years even though the Grade 6 students looked through photographs of masks on, Google Images,  Pinterest and on our Blog. They were completely absorbed by the process and are to be congratulated upon their achievements. I am disappointed that I didn’t obtain titles for the masks. Hopefully they will let me know via a Blog comment. All the best for Secondary School next year everyone.

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Fairytale Castles











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Our Foundation students have just completed a Mixed Media work based around a cardboard castle. I couldn’t find the black food dye so our castles ended up being very colourful and this was a great idea. Grey would have been dull in comparison. Collage princes, princesses, kings, queens, knights and dragons all made appearances in this delightful work which I photographed hanging proudly in the FEH and FSV classrooms. Congratulations to all our Foundation students. You will soon be in Grade 1.