Our Grade 3 students were inspired by dressing up in colonial clothing from Melbourne Fancy Dress and Costume Hire to draw themselves, paint their picture with watercolours and then use fabric collage for the clothing. By dressing up ( over their uniforms) they gained a better appreciation of the style of clothing worn by our pioneers during the Gold Rush days. We also watched a promotional video for Sovereign Hill to refresh our memories of the time period.
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?