Art Classes

6th class artwork ready to enter Art Prize

In creating our entry into the 2020 Gallipoli Art Prize, our 6th class students looked at ‘means of escape’. They particularly focused on the games and objects sent to POWs through Red Cross parcels that could be used for escape purposes. The sheer focus, imagination and ingenuity in creating ways to escape: hiding information and equipment in packs of playing cards and board games; making compasses from pen lids, and using lemon yellow jelly for printing; is a fascinating concept to study. The students created their own messages in Morse Code and designed their own cards based on the Bicycle Escape Map deck of cards created in WW2. They also designed keys with hidden messages inspired by the men …

4th class ingenious weavers

4th class started the process of learning an indigenous weaving technique this week. The finished items are going to be highly colourful!  The lesson, taken by local elder Karleen Green, is part of a free initiative by Manly Council, where art teacher Miss Carroll also works. …

Sixth class artwork at finalist in art award

Sixth class students Sophie R and Alannah W represented the School at the Gallipoli Art Awards prize giving in Sydney during the holidays.  The combined work by all 6th class students was a finalist in the art award. John Colet School has entered the competition for many years now and remains the only school to take part in the prestigious award.  …

Picasso inspired

5th classes have loved learning about Picasso.  Teacher Penny Walton has tasked them with creating their own portraits, inspired by his art. …

6th class Gallipoli artwork ready for entry

Each year, with the guidance and direction of art teacher, Juli Allcorn, 6th class students create a combined artwork to enter in the Gallipoli Art Prize, which is held in Sydney and open to the public to view.  So far, each year our students’ works have been hung as finalists. Good luck for this year too, 6th class! Their artwork this year is in honour of Wykeham Henry Kobe Freame [1885-1941) and represents his career as an orchardist; the drawings of the medal are to represent the A.I.F.’s first Distinguished Conduct Medal and the portrait drawings are of him through his life. …

Art teacher on a roll

“Et florere quid incipit cantus natura est scriptor“. (Nature’s blossoming and singing) 2 metres sq. Pencil and watercolour on 12 birch wood panels. Hearty congratulations to one of our art teachers, Juli Allcorn, who is one of eight artists worldwide to be accepted for a Research Drawing Residency in Caylus, France from 23 March to 2 May.  She has also been asked to exhibit this 2 metre square pencil and watercolour work in Paris. Juli is also exhibiting 32 works in an upcoming solo exhibition at Ravenswood School in Gordon, Sydney. Works are for sale, and the exhibition is open to the public from 21 March – 12 April, week days between 9-3pm.   …