Our students have been taking a closer look at our Australian animals and representing them using different media. In the lower part of the school Preps used Collage ( Daniel – Prep JW) or paint to make Koalas from Koala Lou by Mem Fox while Grades One and Two painted and drew Koalas and other Australian animals. Our upper grade students include our Grades Three and Fours who made animals with Plasticene and Paper Magic Clay and Grades Five and Sixes who used watercolour paints with fineliner detail in their work. This Term’s work was mainly inspired by Graeme Base’s artwork and the work of Canadian artist Barbara Reid . Actual photographs from the Melbourne Aquarium and from the wonderful new iPad App, Museum Victoria’s Field Guide have provided us with great detail and inspiration for our artwork.
Recently our Grade One students painted Blinky Bill (a cute and cheeky Koala created by Australian Author -Illustrator Dorothy Wall in 1933) with such great character that I have decided to post some more photos to showcase the work. The students get such an enormous boost when they see that their work has been used. I enjoy watching the pride on their faces and the support that their classmates give them with a round of applause. I hope that their Class teachers will support our Visual Arts Blog by encouraging their students to make Blog comments. I am keen that reading and commenting on Blog posts should become a recognised and frequently used activity in Literacy lessons.
Our Grade One and Two students are looking at the Blinky Bill stories of Australian Author and Illustrator Dorothy Wall. Published in 1933, the stories still capture the interest of our students who are more familiar with the characters because they have seen them on ABC TV here in Australia. I bought the DVD from an ABC Shop and played them a little of it on our Big Screen TV. I cropped these photos because we need parent approval to publish their faces and that has to be obtained anew each year.The looks of concentration and enjoyment on their faces go a long way towards “assessment” of their progress in Art. It seems a shame that more subjects are not assessed in that way which would leave more time for “doing” and hence “understanding”. Caitlin has the pink art smock and Ryder has the red one. Beautiful Painting Grade 1. Dorothy Wall would surely be as proud as I am.