Cats Anonymous

I was tempted to use “Cats Anonymouse” as the post title as I enjoy a play on words.These interesting collage cats were created by last year’s fabulous Grade 1 students. I am pleased to have them in Grade 2 art classes this year and look forward to encouraging their creativity and individuality. As I begin my 60th year in schools (I attended Muskerry East Primary School in country Victoria and Girton CEGGS in Bendigo  for my secondary education), my 43rd year of teaching and my 32nd teaching Visual Arts I am still passionate about teaching and learning. It is a great lifelong journey.

Art@Home and Going Further

Our students bring some great work which they have done at home. Without the pressure of time at school students focus on their drawing etc. with stunning results. There is often quite a story behind the work. Zara said this was the first time she had used the fantastic markers she bought on a recent trip to Japan. While she was there she visited an Anime Museum. The embroidered felt teddy bear is by one of our most conscientious students who is a brilliant and quiet achiever. Congratulations to all three student artists.

More Grade 6 Cushions

I am extremely proud of the Grade 6 students who have shown their sewing skills and their individual design capabilities in the construction of these felt cushions. Congratulations to them all and I hope they keep them to show their children when they are in Grade 6, many years from now.

The Cushioning Effect


I am really pleased with the beautiful embroidered felt cushions hand sewn by our Grade 6 students.There was a great variety of colours and designs, some with applique and many with added beads. We had been talking about mandalas so the cushions are loosely based  on  those. They are small enough to be a pin cushion and just large enough to rest a head on on a car trip. Congratulations to all our wonderful students.

More Grade 2 Dinosaurs Rule

Our Grade 2 students were excited to see the dinosaur dioramas in the previous post and they were very keen to add that their clay dinosaurs had been fired at 1000 degrees Celsius.  We had very few legs etc. falling off the clay creatures this year which indicates developing modelling skills and bodes well for further Terra Cotta clay work in Grade 3 next year. Congratulations Grade 2.

Spring at TLPS

Thanks to the thoughtful planning by the architect back in 1988, when our school was being created, we have some beautiful raised garden beds and seating throughout our school. Our gardener, Mr Jackson, looks after our gardens very well and provides us with a variety of flowers.  I wonder whether we can photograph a lot more stunning TLPS garden views. Can you find this beautiful iris in our courtyard?

Penguins Pose, Penguins Play

Our Foundation students had a lot of Modelling experience in Term 3. They created 2D chameleons after reading the story “Rex” and then, after watching a lot of YouTube videos, they made tiny 3D penguins. They built an icy penguin habitat using torn paper and polystyrene foam. The brown penguins are penguin chicks which fascinated the students as they crowded together in a sea of brown fluffy down.

Making Mandalas

This Term our Grade six students have drawn Mandalas using felt pens and paint markers. They were cut out and mounted on coloured paper plates before being displayed in our Art Room.

Early finishers tried making a group Mandala using found objects inside a hoop. The first one is by students from 6JS, the second by 6KK, the third by 6RM and the last by Alannah, Emeyle and Harriet of 6LM.