On Monday 16th July Victorian Schools will be back at work after a refreshing two week Winter break. In our Art Room Mali, a 70cm tall fibreglass model of Melbourne Zoo’s baby elephant, is partially decorated. Along with 54 other models it will be displayed at the Zoo during the Zoo’s 150th Birthday celebrations in October. Our Grade 4 students have begun painting their designs onto the model and, although she is less than half finished, she is taking on a life of her own. She features the Art Elements – line, shape, colour, texture, tone etc and a few surprises. Our younger students have enjoyed seeing her progress and have all tried decorating an elephant outline provided by the Zoo’s education unit. Marguerite is a Prep Student whose use of pattern is outstanding. Paarth, also a Prep, is a new student to our school and has created a very colourful “Elmer The Patchwork Elephant”.Congratulations to both students.