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.

This entry was posted on December 20, 2014. 2 Comments

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.

Still Life – Printing by Grade 3










 Our Grade 3 students were inspired by the artwork of  French Artist Paul Cezanne and the NGA Kids Still Life Interactive which is fun to use. They cut out their own paper stencils and used oil pastels to print a range of objects on black paper for arrangement as a “Still Life”. We glossed the oil pastel to avoid smudging. Congratulations to the students whose work is featured here.

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.

Grade 6 – Sewing, Sewing, Sewing




Our Grade 6 students were given some ideas for Project based Art this Term. Three students completed their characters and cushions at home. Congratulations go to Sandy, Kristy and Yamandu for their great work. The monkey was made from two socks using the instructions from the YouTube video “How to make a Sock Monkey”. We chose the Quick Guide ( 4 minutes 51 seconds).

This entry was posted on August 21, 2014. 4 Comments

Still Life Drawing




Our Grade 5 and 6 students have been using a variety of collected objects as the subjects for Still Life Drawing. Some antique objects such as brass bells, china, candlesticks etc. were drawn and shaded using 2B  and water colour pencils. We also looked at the great interactive program provided on the National Gallery of Art Kid’s site.

This entry was posted on July 12, 2014. 1 Comment

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.