Prep Owls – Giving a hoot


A retiring puppet manufacturer gave us some plastic eyes which were ideal for owls. Our Prep students watched the DVD entitled “Owl Babies” by Martin Wadell and then used paper cutting and fringing techniques to create their own owls. They look wonderful displayed in classrooms, quietly watching over our students. You might like to try some of the owl craft ideas on Pinterest.

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Bob the sock monkey – Made with love by Erin and her Mum


It is my absolute pleasure to introduce Bob, the sock monkey. He was carefully stitched by a talented Grade 3 student, Erin and her Mum during our recent School Holidays. They used the How to Make a Sock Monkey video on YouTube as a guide and two old socks. Congratulations Erin. We are very proud of you, your mum and Bob. I hope he has lots of great monkey adventures with you and your family.

Stuffed Toys Rule




In Term 3 our Grade 6 students were given the freedom to create stuffed toys or cushions, make sculptures using balsa wood or  to decorate skateboards. Many threw themselves into the task and made up to four toys whilst others enjoyed experimenting with ideas and materials. We found great YouTube videos to help us and our two new sewing machines received lots of attention. Many students had never had the opportunity to use a machine let alone how to thread it from the start or wind a bobbin. I thoroughly enjoyed the project based nature of the work and see it as a great idea, especially for older elementary students.

Building Character



Visitors to our school, replacement teachers and parents of our students often comment about the calm atmosphere in our school. There is a quiet confidence about our students and there is very little trouble in our schoolyard. How can that have be achieved in a Western suburban school in Melbourne? My theory, as a teacher who was there on Day One when the school opened in 1989 with 169 students, is that our whole school community combines to help students be their best and we do it quietly. Teachers stay at our school providing stability and experience and families are loyal to Taylors Lakes Primary. We are now enrolling  a second generation of students. We have a rich cultural mix of students and teachers who get on well together. We provide students and families with caring principals and teachers, excellent resources, attractive surroundings, great specialist programs and camping, incursion and excursion programs which help enrich their lives. The puppet above, one of thousands made during my over 25 years in Visual Arts, reminds me that an individual’s character is built with many contributing factors. I am proud to have been a part of the rich tapestry of “characters” constructed at our school over the past 25 years.
Happy Birthday to our wonderful Taylors Lakes Primary School.

Wonderful Weaving


Mrs. Ryan brought this stunning piece of weaving back from her trip to South America.   It might have been from Peru or, perhaps, Chile. Maybe you could find out. This Term our Grade 3 and 4 students tried weaving on a cardboard loom. They used a variety of donated wool to make the warp and weft threads and were also inspired by this wonderfully YouTube video. Congratulations to our students for their great work and for being eager to try this activity at home.






Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe






Our Grade 5 and 6 students have been painting this Term. Using Student Acrylic paints they mixed a myriad of colours and using Georgia O’Keeffe’s premise that they liked to see where the paint took them, they set of to paint flowers and other objects.
Congratulations to all our fabulous artists in Grade 5 and 6.
Next stop – Andy Warhol.


Welcome Back Everyone

Our Prep students  enjoyed making their paper plate clowns during Term 3 in 2013. Pictured are just a few of the happy clowns who left the Art Room, bouncing along on their concertina-folded legs. These students are beginning Grade 1 this week. It will be great to catch up with them in Art classes during 2014 and watch their physical and artistic growth.  We hope you have a great year in Art  in 2014 everyone.