Term 1 2017
Mixed Media – Peggy
Threads and Textiles – Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
Mixed Media – Alison Lester style – Beach scene
Threads and Textiles – Ribbon wrapped sticks
Construction – Paper Mache dragons
Drawing – Monsters, dragons and mythical beasts
Collage – Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles
Painting – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”
Mixed Media – Mixed Media – Claude Monet’s “Waterlilies”
Construction – Masks Pablo Picasso and African MasksGrade 5
Drawing – Zentangles
Construction – Construction – Paper mache bowls in the style of Henri Matisse.
Drawing – Op Art – Artist Bridget Riley
Painting – Australian Art – Sir Sydney Nolan
National Gallery of Australia.
Term 4 2016
Printing – Students make rubbings and use stencils to create flower and leaf shapes in many shapes and colours. They also make a snow globe by printing white paint on black or blue paper.
Grade 2 Collage – Mixed Media –
Modelling – Pinch Pots from Terracotta Clay.
Threads and Textiles – Wool Winding.
Grade 3 Printing – Portuguese Doorways
Grade 4 Threads and Textiles – Cup Weaving
Threads and Textiles – Calico Hand Puppets
Grade 6 Threads and Textiles – Sock Monsters ( see Term 2 notes).
Collage – The Year of the Monkey.
Class Mosaic – The Year of the Monkey
Term 3 2016
Foundation – Modelling 2D Plasticene pictures in the style of Barbara Reid. Model Magic – 3D characters – Snowmen in a Winter scene.
Grade One – Modelling – Paper mache 3D birds in paper bag nests, Plasticene Dinosaurs and Model Magic Foods eg cupcakes
Painting – Watercolours – Eric Carle – Mister Seahorse. Special effects will be obtained with salt and bubble wrap.
Grade 2 Printing – Birds use of wood block prints, Plasticine stamps, paper stencils and mono print backgrounds.
Modelling – Pinch pot owls and/or penguins made from Clay which will be fired, painted and glossed.
Grade 3 – Modelling- Students manipulate Plasticene to create a 2D work in the still life style of Paul Cezanne. Based on “Still Life with Apples and a Pear 1888-90, students their own Cezanne artwork.
Textiles – Students study the Applique work of Textile artist Jane Bolton. “Behind our back garden”. Students use Janet Bolton’s “Behind our Back Garden” as a basis for an artwork that includes a woven background and added felt shapes in the foreground.
Grade 4 – Painting – Claude Monet- Based on “A Cliff Walk at Pourville” (1882), students paint their own version of this work using a variety of brushstrokes and tones.
Construction – Students create a 3D artwork based on Monet’s “Tulip Fields with Rijnsburg Windmill” (1886).
Grade 5 – Collage – Introduce the works of Henri Rousseau, discuss his life and style of painting. Students use a wide variety of media to create a collage based on his jungle works, in particular “Exotic Landscape” (1908).
Term 2 2016
Printing – Students will use a variety of printing methods e.g. stencils, object prints and mono prints to create pictures of farm animals.
Threads and Textiles – “The Rainbow Fish”.
Ribbon will be woven through a colourful fish shaped cardboard loom.Sequins will added to create the shiny scales.
Grade 1 – Construction – Robots – students will use a variety of recycled materials to build a stand alone robot. They will be built beginning with a cardboard base. Sites such as ABCya have great online robot builders.
Drawing – related to their classroom theme. Students will concentrate on the elements of line, shape and colour.
Grade 2- Threads and Textiles – Farmyard animals – students cut out felt animals, birds etc which will glued and sewn onto a woven fabric background in a naive applique manner.
Painting – Under the Sea – Using a variety of paints ( student acrylics, watercolours and food dyes) students will create an underwater scene. Resources will include Youtube videos, photographs from Melbourne Aquarium etc.
Grade 3 – Painting – Henri Matisse –Discuss Henri Matisse’s life and work. Focus On “The Woman with a Hat’ (1905). Students produce their own version of this artwork using acrylic paints.
Construction – Edgar Degas – “The Millinery Shop”. Students will discuss “The Millinery Shop”painting by Edgar Degas (1879-86). They will construct a hat using margarine tubs, cardboard and paper mache.
Grade 4 – Pablo Picasso – Drawing – students discuss Pablo Picasso’s life and evolving style. Focus on his cubism style. Students draw then paint a self-portrait using watercolors. Cut into large sections then rearrange in an interesting cubist style.
Collage – Students continue to work with the Cubist theme. Students created a collage based on “Guitar” (1913) using a
variety of papers and card.
Grade 5 – Collage – In the Jungle – Henri Rousseau – Introduce the works of Henri Rousseau, discuss his life and style of painting. Students use a wide variety of media to create a collage based on his jungle works, in particular “Exotic Landscape” (1908).
Construction – Teotihuacan Inspired Mask – Discuss the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico along with its art and culture. View related YouTube clips. Students create a tribal mask based on this culture using paper mache, cardboard and mosaic tiles.
Grade 6 – Painting Sir Sidney Nolan’s “Galipoli” series. Soldier Portraits will be painted using Student Acrylic paints in Nolan’s style.
Construction – Mask Making – Paper Mache Masks
Term 1 2016
Foundation ” A Fish out of Water” by Helen Palmer A Mixed Media work involving the making of a paper plate fish bowl.
Grade 1 Mixed Media – The Beach – Students use a variety of papers to add “water ” to the mid ground, a textured paper beach in the foreground and a white crayon/pastel watercolour sky in the background. Collage beach huts, bathers and boats complete the pictures. Students will also add “El Gato”, the cat, to the framed scene in order to complement the students’ work in their Spanish classes.
Threads and Textiles – Scarecrow puppets students made a fabric collage on a fairy floss stick which was cut out and added to a folded puppet theatre. We also mad a large scarecrow for our school vegetable garden.
Grade 2 – Drawing “Where the Wild Things Are”. Students explore lines and create hairy monsters using permanent black markers. They will use white crayon and watercolour paints to complete their pictures. Students will design their own frames using coloured cover paper.
Construction – Puppetry – students created puppets using tongue depressors and assorted coloured papers. They also made a small marionette puppet using cardboard tube bodies and paper mache heads.
Grade 3 – Collage Vincent Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” – Students use various papers, matchsticks, fabric etc. to create their version of Van Gogh’s famous artwork.
Drawing – “Van Gogh” – pop up chair.
Grade 4 – Mixed Media/ Textiles – Artist study Georgia O’Keeffe – Students use crayon and food dyes to create large flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. A variety of fabrics, tuille, ribbon etc. will be added to embellish the flowers.
Modelling- Kandinsky Tiles – Students will use earthenware clay and tile cutters to make square tiles which will be decorated with circles ( a variety of bottle tops , lids etc will provide concentric circles). These will be fired, painted using watercolour paints, glossed and hung with wire.Whilst the tiles are being fired students will work on a pastel drawing based on the abstract work of Wassily Kandinsky.
Grade 5 – Drawing – Zentangles – Students use as many different line and shape patterns as possible to make a large cloud-shaped cardboard name plaque.
Painting – Georgia O’Keeffe inspired flowers, skulls etc.students use student acrylic paints to paint in the style of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
Grade 6 – Drawing – Op Art – Students will observe the artwork of British artist Bridget Riley (born 1931). They will use black felt pens to create an optical illusion styled piece which may be decorated with colour to create 3D effects.
Painting / Mixed Media – Australian Artists – Sir Sidney Nolan, Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin etc. Students will be visiting the National Gallery in Canberra and the National Gallery Victoria‘s Ian Potter Centre so they will be required to be familiar with this work. They will paint using acrylic paints and materials such as horse hair,leather etc. to create their own version of the paintings e.g. from the Ned Kelly Series by Sidney Nolan. Further videos depicting Nolan’s work and life can be found on YouTube.
Term 4 2015
Grade 1 Mixed Media /Collage Two Peas in a Pod – Students use the picture story book as inspiration for a mixed media piece including drawing, painting and collage.
Construction – Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley- Students create a paper mache puppet which is clothed using various fabrics and ornaments.
Grade 2 Artist Study Ken Done Room Interiors 2D Based on the works of Ken Done, students will create a 2D artwork depicting a room interior.
Modelling – Spanish Clay Tapas Bowls – Use terracotta clay to design a Spanish bowl or plate used for Spanish tapas.
Grade 3- Mixed Media / Collage – Portraits – Colonial Days
Modelling – Heads Up – Heads and busts inspired by French Artist Auguste Rodin
Grade 5- Modelling – Plasticene Creatures
Construction – Paper Mache Bowls
Grade 6- Artist Study Tom Roberts “Shearing the Rams”-Discuss Tom Roberts’ “Shearing the Rams including its composition and history. Students use a variety of media to create a suitable background then add some Model Magic sheep in the foreground
Mosaics – Discuss the works of Antoni Gaudi including Sagrada Familia. Use a wooden board and cardboard tiles to design a mosaic plague. This will then be glossed. We will also be completing the Year Six Graduation Mosaic”The Year of the Sheep”.
Term 3 2015
Foundation – Modelling and Construction will be the topics undertaken in Term 3. Modelling will include work with plasticine, Paper Magic Clay and Play dough. Pinching, rolling, flattening and joining will be among the skills practiced. Students will begin to see the difference between 2D vs 3D modelling.
Grade 1 – Modelling – “Too Loud Lily” will be modeled using Plasticine. The model will be dressed in a dance costume using a variety of appropriate fabrics, beads etc. In the Printing unit students will use techniques such as rubbings and stencil printing to create the character “Pig the Pug” from the short listed book by Aaron Blabey. Stencils will be made to form the eyes,nose, tongue and collar for the dog.
Grade 2 – Printing – Students will create an underwater scene featuring a “crayon rubbing” watery background and plants, rocks etc. using rubbings and food dyes. The turtle will be printed using a paper stencil, folded and cut symmetrically. Small foam rollers will be used to apply acrylic paint to make the print. The picture story book used for inspiration will be “Journey of the Sea Turtle” Mark Wilson.
Grade 3 -Printing – students will use a variety of printing techniques e.g. Stencils, foam plates, rubbings etc to make their name using Illuminated Letters. These will be based on the idea that for as long as they have existed books have illuminated the world in which we live. Book Week theme this year is “Books light up our world”.
Threads and Textiles – Pom Pom creatures students use cardboard templates ( 2 doughnut shaped circles) and carefully wind a variety of woolen threads to create characters with joggle eyes, felt arms, legs etc.
Grade 4 Mixed Media- Rock Art – Ideas from the book by Denise Scicluna.
Threads and Textiles – “My Two Blankets” Author Irena Kobald and Illustrator Freya Blackwood. Students will cut out felt pieces and add them to a felt background using stitchery ( crewel needles ). Use of contrasting colours and different stitching techniques e.g.running stitch and stab stitch.
Grade 5 Tribal Mask Construction – Students will use hessian and/or other open-weave fabrics soaked in PVA glue and laid onto a plastic mold to form faces. These will be decorated using paint, stitchery,wire, feathers, beads etc.
Threads and Textiles – Straw weaving – students use wool threaded through 8 drinking straws as a loom. They weave a variety of threads through until a piece of “fabric” is created. Felt, joggle eyes etc is added to create 2D or 3D birds or creatures.
Grade 6 – Design Project -Students design a shopping bag for an imaginary business/ product. The bag is completed using collage and lettering. The students will also construct a sturdy paper mache mask of their own design. These masks are built using a plastic mold and are painted with acrylic paints before being decorated.
Term 2 2015
Foundation – Drawing and Collage will be the focus of this term’s art work. In Drawing the focus will be on the line and shape elements of Art as students draw animals and begin to add more detail to their work. In Collage students will be encouraged to cut and tear a variety of papers with increased precision. Fringing will provide textures such a fur and feathers for animal characters.
Grade 1 Construction a shoebox house will be built and will allow students the opportunity to create dividing walls, doors, windows etc. and make small furniture, curtains, mats in their individual colour schemes and styles. Other shoebox ideas can be found at Hello Wonderful.
In Threads and Textiles the students will undertake weaving practice. They will try activities such as those found at Hello Wonderful.
Grade 2 Drawing – In conjunction with their Marvellous Melbourne topic students will be drawing buildings and people inspired by the John Brack painting set in Collins Street Melbourne.
Construction/ Modelling – Students will use a shoe box as the background for plasticine characters from a picture story book e.g. Nony the Pony. They will make use of websites such as My Kids Adventures and The Artful Parent.
Grade 3 – Drawing From a starting point will introduce a Drawing unit which focuses on sketching and drawing as a recreation. Objects such as paper clips, bottle tops and scissors will provide excellent starting points.
Painting – students will use acrylic paints to mix colours and create their own version of a famous Australian artwork. It is highly recommended that students visit the Ian Potter Centre (entry is free) at Federation Square in Melbourne to see Victoria’s great collection of artworks. Further information about Australian artists may be found on our Australian Government website.
Grade 4 Wire Sculpture – students will experiment with flexible aluminium wire and create an abstract piece on a wooden or cardboard base. They will explore ways of changing the wire to make forms such as hoops, spirals, springs, loops, twists etc. They will look at the work of such artists as Alexander Calder and Elizabeth Berrien ( the wire sculpture lady)
Threads and Textiles wool and a variety of interesting threads will be used to create traditional Ojos de Dios( God’s Eyes). This will be useful in the students’ class topic, South America. A useful tutorial can be found at this site. Further directions may be found at this site.
Grades 5 and 6 – After completing the Van Gogh drawings begun last term the students will work on a Mixed Media/Collage entitled “In Flanders Fields”. This work will involve the use of torn newspaper, food dye wash, torn tissue paper and oil pastel to create a battlefield scene. This work will coincide with ANZAC day and the Centenary of Gallipoli commemoration.
In Printing students will make a series of printed papers using food dyes, crayons, rubbings, embossing and stenciling in order to build a collaged bird such as an owl.
Term 1 2015
Foundation ( formerly Prep)
Mixed Media – “What makes a rainbow?”
Students paint a watercolour rainbow and add a food dye wash sky over crayon clouds. They complete the work by adding a collage rabbit and other animals (one for each colour).
Construction – Threads and Textiles – Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
-Students thread coloured ribbon or felt strips through slits in an elephant drawing to create “patchwork”.
Grade 1 and 2 students will work on a Spanish theme.
Grade 1 – Drawing – Picasso faces
– Students will watch a short video about Picasso’s art style.
They will then use crayon and watercolour paints to make Picasso style faces. Work will be glossed and framed.
Threads and Textiles – Cat on the Mat (Gato en la alfombra) by Brian Wildsmith.
Students create a fabric collage cat on a woven fabric mat. They learn to create a fringe for the edge of the mat.
Grade 2 – Painting – Picasso faces
Students use warm and cool colours on opposite sides of a strangely arranged face.
Collage – mosaic
Students use brightly coloured cardboard mosaic tiles students create a picture in Spanish artist Gaudi’s style.
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 3 –
Construction -Puppetry- Paper mache monsters. Inspired by “Where the Wild Things are”
Drawing – “Imaginary Animals” – Carla Sonheim – crayon or felt pen and watercolour paints.
Grade 4 –
Drawing -“Imaginary Animals” – Carla Sonheim – crayon or felt pen and watercolour paints.
Construction – Folded cardboard Monster Masks.
Grade 5 and 6
Painting Students use Chromacryl Student Acrylic paint to represent Vincent Van Gogh’s Painting entitled “Starry Night”.
Drawing – Students choose a Van Gogh painting to sketch e.g. “Bedroom at Arles”. They will be encouraged to try various ideas such as “upside down drawing” They will also use a choice of media to add colour to their work.
Term 4 2014
Foundation ( formerly Prep)
Construction – building with paper and cardboard, junk items etc. Folding, rolling, slotting, concertina folding, fringing will be explored and glued onto a base.
Mixed Media TBA
Grade 1 and 2
Drawing Line and Pattern – Plants and Flowers – Zentangle style – Creatures e.g. butterflies, insects will be added in relief.
Modelling – Terracotta Clay – pinch pot bowls with Mexican decoration
Grade 3 and 4
Modelling – Papermache mix – students will sketch, then model 2D creatures to add to a watery, leafy, sandy, muddy background made on stiff cardboard.
Printing – Stencil Printing using water colours, pastels etc. Still Life theme based on the work of Artist Paul Cezanne.
Wire and no fire clay
Paper mache Mask Making Students will create character masks with Paper mache and paint them with acrylic paints.
Mosaic – Year of the Horse
Term 3 2014
Foundation ( formerly Prep)
Printing and Drawing – based on the inspiration obtained from zoo related picture story books students will use acrylic paints, sponges, block prints and stencils to create large wild animals and leafy background vegetation. Drawing – the students will use a variety of media to represent the lines, patterns and shapes in animals. e.g. wrinkles on elephants. You might like to play with this Animal site.
Grade 1 and 2
Collage and Painting – Collage will be made using cellophane on white paper to show overlapping and mixing of colours as found in the sky at sunrise and sunsets. Students will look at many silhouette images before carefully cutting out their own from black cover paper and pasting them onto the colourful backgrounds. In Painting the students will look at the book “Bear and Chook” before they sponge paint their own bears and chooks using student acrylic paint. They might like to try the Bear and Chook jigsaw.
Grade 3 and 4
Mixed Media – The Art of Textile Artist Annameike Mein – Students will sponge paint a background for the creature of their choice. They will draw the creature and then make it in relief using a variety of materials, fabrics, papers etc. This will be glued on to the background and may even appear camouflaged.
In the Collage Unit students will use a large variety of plastic and metal bottle tops to to produce their own collage, relief version of Wassily Kandinsky’s Circles. We will also look at Abstract Art. This YouTube video shows many of his paintings.
Grade 5 and 6
Students will be undertaking different work in Grade 5 to students in Grade 6 who will be offered more choice of activities.
Grade 5 Construction unit – Students use wire, newspaper fabric and junk items to make an Alien creatures using the same starting point, a plastic bottle with no lid.
Sculpture Unit – Bowl Making using Paper Mache- Students design and build an interesting, themed bowl which is strong , stable and is painted and decorated.
Grade 6 Construction and Textiles activities – as requested by students during discussions last Term various activities will be provided.
Basic Balsa Wood Construction with the option of adding cardboard and paper – 3D work, models, buildings, abstract sculptures which appear to be metal but are not.
Ideas could include – Bird House, House, Robot, Boat, Crooked House, Wooden Horse
Textiles activities including stuffed animal construction, a cushion with an appliqued design or making of clothes for toys.
Ideas could include the Sock Monkey, Sock Bunny, Shoe Box Wardrobe of Clothes for a toy, Pin cushion and Sewing Box/ Tin.
Term 2 2014
Foundation ( formerly Prep)
Modelling – Plasticine, Playdough and Clay “My House”. Students will make a variety of temporary and more permanent creations including a front view of their house using Clay, furniture using Plasticine and crockery and food using Play-dough.
Threads and Textiles Puppetry – Students will make stick puppets using a variety of cardboard, plastic and fabric. Their topic will be Community Helpers.
Grade 1 and 2
Threads and Textiles – Van Gogh’s Sunflowers – Students will use stitchery and a variety of fabrics including felt to create large sunflowers on a bright open weave background. Sunflowers inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”.
Mixed Media – Shoebox Dioramas with a “Taylors Lakes” theme. Students will use a whole shoebox to create a scene including papermache lakes and their surrounds. They will also use collage and modelling to add vegetation and animals to the Lakes environment.
Grade 3 and 4
Painting – Australian Art – Indigenous Dot Painting – The students will study the work done by Indigenous Artists and become familiar with the meanings behind many of the symbols used. They will use acrylic paints and use sponges, sticks and brushes to apply them.
Drawing – Animals – in the X-Ray style of the Australian Indigenous culture. Students will use a variety of media such as pencil, oil pastel, felt pens, charcoal.
Grade 5 and 6
Mixed Media – The Ned Kelly series – In preparation for the Grade 6 Camp at Canberra where students will visit the National Gallery. Students will use rubbings, food dyes and watercolours as well as fabrics and leather to create the Ned Kelly’s armour, his horse, background buildings and vegetation.
Drawing – Still life drawing – Australian History – students will observe a variety of objects relating to our Australian history and draw them using pencils. Examples of objects drawn will be shears, candelsticks, kettles, teapots, china dishes, jugs and plates, bells, medals, shoes, hats etc.
Term 1 2014
Foundation ( formerly Prep)
Painting – Colours – Picture Story Book – What makes a rainbow? Students will use crayon and food dyes to make a rainbow and will then add a collage rabbit and fluffy clouds. They will decorate their framed work with some of the creatures e.g. purple butterfly, yellow chicken, green frog, orange fox, red ladybug, blue bird, from the story which they have painted. Here is a link to a colour mixing video.
Collage – Portraits – Me – Students will use tissue paper, wool etc. to make a head and shoulders portrait of themselves.
Grade 1 & 2
Printing – “Shh! Little Mouse”. Students will use acrylic paints and stencils which they cut out to print foods for their stencil printed Little Mouse to nibble on. The background will be a crayon rubbing with food dye wash.
Mixed Media – “Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella”. The students will draw a scene from the picture story book before using watercolour paints to decorate it. They will add a variety of appropriate collage materials to complete the scene.
Grade 3 & 4
Threads and Textiles – Weaving – Paper weaving will give students some practice at weaving before they make a small cardboard loom and weave through it with a variety of threads. You can try Interactive weaving on this House of Tartan website. You can also watch this weaving video on YouTube.
Construction – Puppetry – Book Characters – Hand Puppets with Paper Mache heads. Students will scrunch and wrap newspaper and use masking tape to secure the ” head” onto a cardboard roll “neck” before using layers of paper mache to cover the head and neck. These will have features added, be painted with acrylic paints and dressed using a variety of appropriate fabrics.
Grade 5 & 6
American Artists – Georgia O’Keeffe – Painting – Students will look at the work of American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe. They will first make an oil pastel drawing of a flower in her style before mixing tones and shades of primary and secondary colours to create their own work.
and Andy Warhol – Collage – The students will look at the famous work of the artist before making a piece of their own using collage.
Term 4 2013
Textiles and Modeling
Topic – How things change and Fairy Tales
Threads and Textiles – Preps will make a “Magic Tower” by filling a tall clear plastic container with lots of different Threads and Textiles which have been altered in some way e.g.. wound, frayed, tied, knotted etc.
Modeling – Students will make a diorama model of the interior of Three Bears house. They will model Plasticene bears.
Grade 1 and 2
Modeling and Drawing/Mixed Media
Topic – Australia and Australian Animals
Modeling – Students will make Echidnas using terracotta clay and toothpicks
Mixed Media – Children will use crayon drawing, food dye wash and collage to create an echidna or other Australian creature in a bush environment..
Grades 3 and 4
Modeling and Mixed Media
Topic – Australian History and Geography
Modeling – Students will make an Australian character such as a pioneer, a miner or a lady in a crinoline dress. They will add the fired character to a cardboard setting e.g. standing by a fireplace, sitting by a campfire.
Mixed Media – Mixed Media work inspired by a scene from the book “My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch” by Graeme Base.
Complete Stitched Paper collage Complete and frame for display.
Threads and Textiles – Teddy Bears – Make using Teddy Bear Blanks available at ZART.
Mixed Media –
Threads and Textiles – Teddy Bears – Make using Teddy Bear Blanks available at ZART. Students stuff, decorate and make costumes for their bear.
Modeling – Miniatures – Bears dressed up Model Magic will be used to make the bears. Colour with felt pens and frame for display.
Group Mosaic – Year of the Snake – 120cm by 60cms Board with ceramic tiles.
Class Topics Term 1 2013
– Useful Links – Colour Song on You Tube
Collage – The Rainbow Fish – Cellophane and metallic papers – overlapping of colours. iPad video of an aquarium. You Tube – The Rainbow Fish
Grades 1 and 2
Construction/ Mixed Media – Thick cardboard tube is used to make a tree trunk – The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
Collage / Construction – Creating the Lands for The Magic Faraway Tree. Paper folding, scoring, cutting, stretching etc.
Grades 3 and 4
Drawing Oil Pastel circles – Kandinsky – iPad App – Amaziograph and YouTube video.
Threads and Textiles – Circular Weaving – Mandalas
Grades 5 and 6
Drawing – Zentangles – YouTube video Useful Links : Art Teacher Tangler , Tangle Patterns, Mandala with Zentangles
Painting – Artists whose work is exhibited at the National Gallery Canberra.
Class Topics Term 4 2012
Printing/ Mixed Media Cylinder Clowns
– this example is from 2008. This year the students will print on the thick cardboard cylinder, arms and legs.
Modelling – 2D Plasticene modelling of Fairtales such as The Three Little Pigs and The Three Bears
Students will look at the Plasticene Art of Canadian Artist, Barbara Reid.
Grades 1 and 2
Mixed Media – Paper Mache -The students will model Australian Animals using Paper Mache over a scrunched, rolled and taped newspaper construction. These will be completed with coloured tissue paper, matchsticks, joggle eyes, felt etc and will be displayed in a suitable “Environment”.
Construction – The Marvellous Toy – The students will have access to an enormous variety of junk items which they will combine to create a “Toy” eg robot.
Grades 3 and 4
Students will be completing the Paper Mache hats begun last Term. They will then work on
Collage – Sunflowers inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”. They will use a large variety of papers, fabrics etc to create yellow and orange petals for the flowers and a vase shape.
The students will look at Plants and Animals and draw them from real life or by using photographs as inspiration. They will look at the work of artists such as English Artist John Gould who was responsible for drawing Australian Birds and Animals.
After completing their folded Alien masks in Week 1 the Grade 5 students will undertake a Threads and Textiles unit. They will use stuffed colourful stockings and socks to create “Alien” creatures. They will try various methods of joining such as sewing, knotting, wrapping, tying and gluing. In the Modelling unit they will use Plasticene and Paper Magic Clay to create a diorama with a Space or “A Stretch of the Imagination” theme.
After Completing Paper Mache Masks( 6JS and 5/6LM) or Painting (6MV and 6DC) which was begun in Term 3 the Grade 6 students will make a Collage Dragon. Each student will contribute to the group Year of the Dragon Mosaic and will be given a choice of Christmas Activities from the Zart Natural Materials Christmas ideas Workshop.
Class Topics Term 1 2012
This Term Mrs Vella and I decided to make a Planner in pdf format Year Plan Term 1 2012 Draft 2 with lots of links for our students and their teachers. I hope it works.
Current Class Topics for Term 2 2011 – Whole School Visual Arts Focus – Australian Art and Literature.
Grade Prep – Collage – Zoo Theme. Painting Exploring Primary and Secondary Colours.
Construction – Food Theme – Constructing fake cupcakes etc.
Grade 1 and 2 – Printing – Work of May Gibbs. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie using a variety of printing techniques.
Modelling/ Construction – Students use plasticene and Paper Magic Clay to make creatures in a decorated shoebox environment.
Grade 3 and 4 – Drawing (with an emphasis on Texture ) and Construction of hessian Scarecrows – Fabric Sculpture.
Emphasis on the various fabrics involved e.g. Hessian (burlap), calico, checked shirting, felt.
Grade 5 and 6 – Portraits – Inspired by the Portraits of the National Portrait Gallery students will explore portraits and make some of their own using a variety of techniques. e.g. printing, collage, photography, digital art.
Artist Study – Australian Artist, Sir Sidney Nolan Students will paint a scene from the Ned Kelly Series which is housed at the National Gallery in Canberra.
Current Class Topics for Term 1 2011 – Whole School Visual Arts Focus – Australian Art and Literature.
Grade Prep – Collage and Painting – Topic – The Works of Mem Fox e.g.Koala Lou , The Green Sheep , Possum Magic .
Grade 1&2 – Painting and Drawing – Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall. Trailer for Blinky Bill Movie, made back in 1992 .We will also look at the works of Graeme Base “My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch“
Grade 3&4 Modelling and Collage – Works of Barbara Reid and Jeannie Baker
Grade 5&6 Drawing and Painting – Initial Lettering (as used in Literature) as Art. Painting – Australian Animals in the style of Graeme Base’s Animalia. Graeme Base biography. This Blog should help too as it includes an interview with Graeme Base.
Another great interview with Graeme Base is on the ABC Roller Coaster site.
Term Plan for Staff 2011 Yvonne and Glenys.
Term 4 2010 Prep – Printing/Mixed Media work based on the Fairy Tale “Cinderella”.
Puppetry based on “The Three Little Pigs”
Grades 1&2 – Construction – Junk Sculpture
Drawing Through the Ages – Cave Art of LascauxGiuseppe Arcimboldo – 1527 to 1593 Italy, “Vertumnus” and his Seasons series.
Grades 3 &4 – Mixed Media – “Regatta at Cowes” Raoul Dufy
Weaving – Weaving, beginning with paper and then using threads such as wool for another piece.
TeacherTube has an excellent weaving demonstration video at
Grades 5&6 – Carnevale Paper Mache Mask Construction.
Mosaics – A group Mosaic on the “Year of the Tiger” and individual mosaic boxes.
Term 3 2010 – Theme – The Arts and Crafts of Europe
Prep – “Anatole” (the French mouse) Story by Eve Titus and illustrated by Paul Galdone – Construction and Printing
Grades 1&2 – Painting and Modelling – The characters of Beatrix Potter e.g. Two Bad Mice, Peter Rabbit, Miss Moppet, Mr Jeremy Fisher. Grade 1 and 2 students are hatching chickens at school so we found this jigsaw link for them. Click Here to do the jigsaw.
Grades 3&4 – Painting – Monet’s “Waterlilies” and Junk Sculpture – Picasso, David Kemp
Grades 5&6 – Collage Matisse – Paper cuts , Painting Van Gogh’s Starry Night
Try Van Gogh’s Starry night as a jigsaw
Term 2 2010 Whole School Theme – ASIA – The arts and crafts of Japan, China and Indonesia (continued).
Grade Prep – Modelling – Plasticene Pandas in collaged 3D bamboo forest.
Grades 1&2 – Mixed Media- Thai Elephants
Grades 3&4 – Mixed Media – Japanese gardens with Kimono clad figure. 3D dragon – Fabric and wire sculpture.
Grade 5&6 – Drawing Garuda Birds – Modelling Asian Pottery.
Term 1 2010 Whole School Theme – ASIA – The arts and crafts of Japan, China and Indonesia
Grade Prep- Painting– Mixing Blue and yellow to make green. Painted leaves form a background for a grey baby elephant mixed from black and white.
and Collage – Tigers and Elephants. It is soon to be the Chinese Year of the Tiger.The students will use a variety of papers to create an elephant (a new one was born at Melbourne Zoo recently) and, in a separate work, a tiger in the jungle.
Grades 1&2 Pandas from China Students use newspaper masking tape, wire and paper mache paste to build a 3D panda.
Grades 3&4 Drawing – The animals of the Chinese Calendar
Grade 5&6 Indonesian Masks – Folded cover paper and the use of intricate cutting, layering and decorating will provide masks with an Indonesian flavour.
We will also look at some of the other arts and crafts of Indonesia.
Term 2 2009
Prep Threads and Textiles-“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” a fabric collage. Drawing Zoo Animals and making simple animal puppets.
Threads and Textiles Stuffed stocking and sock creatures. Construction inside a shoebox provided a home for these creatures .
Term 1 2009
Preps- Painting Colour Mixing Students mix primary colours to make new colours and paint the characters from the book “What Makes a Rainbow?”
Grade One Painting A beach scene and the students learn how to mix various “skin” tones. They are also introduced to background and foreground.
Grade 2 Our School Printing and Mixed Media Students draw our school buildings, print bricks on the walls using polystyrene foam and then add printed trees, plants etc.
Grade 3 Paper Mache Construction – “Fake Cakes” Students construct cakes for our school’s 20th Birthday. They cover containers with layers of paper and add cardboard rolls for candles.
Grade 4 Painting Claude Monet’s Waterlilies. Students study Impressionist style and paint using student acrylics with the same colours and brushwork as Monet.
Grade 5 Paper Mache Bowls – Based on half a Paper mache covered balloon and in the style of Juliet Bawden.
Grade 6 Drawing Pattern – “What’s in a Name?” Students use a variety of felt pens to draw and decorate their names and the surrounding paper.
Term 4 2008 Topics
Preps – Printing Castles and Fairytales.
Drawing -The 3 Pigs and The 3 Bears
Grade 1 Bird Puppets Paper Mache heads and cereal box bodies with moveable wings.
Grades 2 Printing – Rocking Horses in line with the Toys theme. Students make a paper stencil and then print a rocking horse. When it is dry they cut it out and use it as part of a Toy Collage with a wool tops mane and felt saddle cloth.
Grade 3 Painting Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Collage of Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles.
Grade 4 Students are studying the Elements of Art through Collage.
Grade 5 Sudents are Completing a Dragon Collage.
Grade 6 Students are making Paper Mosaic photo frames and boxes before attempting a ceramic tile mosaic of their own.
Term 3 2008 Topics
Grade 6 Paper Mache Masks with accompanying Fabric drape Students design and build masks from Paper mache cardboard and wire. Masks are Painted and decorated.
Grade 5 Appliqued cushions using Threads and Textiles. In second half of the term a Mixed Media Chinese Dragon will be made .
Grade 4 A construction with Found Objects will be made followed by a mixed Media Collage based on a Book Week Short listed book. Go to http://cbca.org.au/shortlist.htm for the list of books.
Grade 3 Collage based on the Picture story book , “The Peasant Prince” by L i Cunxin. Also students will be Modelling using Plasticene and Paper Magic Clay to make a cat for a diorama. Diorama based on Short listed book “Cat” by Mike Dumbleton. Plasticene is also used by artist Canadian artist Barbara Reid.
Grade 2 Painting based on the work of Guiseppe Arcimboldo. They will draw the fruit shapes in a face arrangement befor mixing colours and painting them in Arcimboldo’s style.
Many more pictures at http://www.arcimboldo.art.pl/english/index1.htm
Grade 2 students will also make felt dolls based on the Shortlisted book “PEARL BARLEY AND CHARLIE PARSLEY” by Aaron Blabey. They will use a variety of fabrics to make clothes and threads for hair etc.These will be added to a collaged background.
Grade 1 Students will use Clay and Modelling skills based around the “pinch pot” to model dogs and cats. Inspiration will come from the shortlisted book THE TROUBLE WITH DOGS! by Bob Graham .They will use Paper Magic Clay to make a 2D Lucy Goosey based on the shortlisted book by Margaret Wild. The goose will hide amongst painted and collaged reeds and pond background.
Students will also try some simple weaving using plastic mesh and a variety of threads. An excellent Interactive weaver may be found at http://www.houseoftartan.co.uk/interactive/weaver/index.html
Grade One Students will also do some weaving. First they will weave paper strips and then try weaving felt strips, wool, raffia and wool tops through gutterguard or similar.
In their classrooms Prep Students will be studying “People who help us in the Community” and “The Circus’ during this term. In Art classes they will Construct a Cown based on a cardboard cone or tube painted brightly. A stuffed stocking head and wool tops and fabric pieces will complete the Clown. In addition the students will draw and collage some vehicles including a fire engine and ambulance.
Term 2 2008 Topics
Grade 6 Australian Artists Painting
May 22nd Students have selected a painting by an Australian artist and are beginning to paint in the artist’s style, creating the same colours, lines, shapes etc and atmosphere. For information on Australian Artists try http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/painters/
Grade 5 Space Printing and Construction
May 23rd Students have painted a food dye background and a stencil printed foreground for an Alien landscape painting.
Grade 4 Monet’s Waterlilies Painting
http://www.intermonet.com/ will link students to information about Claude Monet and his Beautiful Garden at Giverny, near Paris, France,
Grade 3 Sovereign Hill Characters Construction
Students have begun constructing historic characters based on a cone and a paper mache or stuffed stocking head.
Grade 2 Kurt Schwitters Collage and Construction
Students completed a piece of Collage based on the work of Kurt Schwitters 1887-1948.
Grade 1 Winter /Snowmen Printing and Construction
May 22nd Students stencil printed fir trees for their Winter scene print. Trees covered in snow –http://www.photoeverywhere.co.uk/west/winterholiday/slides/snowy_trees1981.htm
Prep Zoo Animals Puppetry
Students are making Threads (Hessian) and Textiles (Wool Tops) Lion stick puppets.