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15
May
2020

Around the world in Art

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Have you heard about the whole school art project the art teachers have created?  Juli Allcorn describes it as "filling the world with positivity and creativity" and it involves a large map and every student in the school.
'I was struck by the number of maps we have seen in the media recently, all with red dots on them showing the spread of Covid-19," says Mrs Allcorn. "As a counterpoint, the art department have created this project to acknowledge the visual artists of the world, past and present, on a large map in  the art room."

"For Infants, we want to encourage them to become an Art Detective and find out all they can about their  favourite artist. Bring any drawings or information to their Art Class.
For our Primary students, we are asking them to research an artist from anywhere in the world and recreate one of their artworks or a detail of their artworks on paper. They could also draw a mini portrait of their chosen artist.  We want these artworks to be small, no larger than 10cm square (but bigger than 5cm square!)  ANY medium can be used, such as paint/ coloured pencils / watercolour/ charcoal/ collage/ or printing
These artworks can be created in the classroom with the Art Teachers or at home online
When completed they will be pinned onto the large world map in the Art room.  Watch this space!"

Juli Allcorn and Art teachers

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03
April
2020

Art challenge

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Here's Padma R's (3B) 'collage cat' and 'cat in tertiary colours' which she sent in as part of Miss Carroll's art challenge.
If anyone makes scones as part of Mr Galloway's chef challenge, please send in photos.  He is keen to see some!

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13
March
2020

6th class artwork ready to enter Art Prize

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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 who made keys for escape purposes.

They also watched the 1972 BBC Documentary  ‘Escape from COLDITZ, Prisoner of War’  

Pictured above is our Art leadership team (Ava was absent) and Mrs Allcorn with the combined 6th class artwork for this year's Gallipoli Art Prize.  Each year 6th class enters a piece that all the class has worked on together.  We have been hung as finalists every year, so far. We remain the only school to take part in this prestigious art competition and we are very proud to be part of it each year.

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21
June
2019

4th class ingenious weavers

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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.

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03
May
2019

Sixth class artwork at finalist in art award

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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. 

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04
April
2019

Picasso inspired

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

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15
March
2019

6th class Gallipoli artwork ready for entry

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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.

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15
March
2019

Art teacher on a roll

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"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.

 

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22
February
2019

Art and Space

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In Art, 2C have been looking at the art of spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró, and incorporated his style into their Space themed artworks of rockets, astronauts and planets. 

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16
November
2018

Art department news

Congratulations to Marta D (5K) on her Highly Commended entry into the ARTEX Armistice Exhibition at the Hornsby RSL Sub Branch.  Marta won $100 in prize money and her artwork was sold!  Well done also to Alannah W (5K) who entered with her delightful entry, Lest we Forget.

Congratulations to art teacher Rachel Carroll on a most beautiful exhibition opening 'Two Visions' at Artarmon Galleries this week.

Art teacher Julianne Ross Allcorn has won PEOPLES CHOICE  MOST POPULAR VOTE at the Mosman Art Prize 2018 with her artwork 'Bush Gossips and Quiet Moments.'  Congratulations!

 

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25
August
2017

Northern Beaches Art Prize finalists

Congratulations to Jolan L, Samsara C, Caly H (all 6th class) and Sierra H (5CD) for being selected as finalists in the Northern Beaches Art Prize.  There was a huge entry with only around 100 artworks hung as finalists.  Well done to these students for entering in their own time and doing so well. The exhibition is on at Creative Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl until 3 September.

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16
June
2017

Taking part in art

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These boats that 2nd class made will be part of an installation at Mosman Art Gallery that local children and adults have contributed to.
The exhibition called THE BOAT; Project Another Country is the work of husband and wife team Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan who originated from the Philippines.
They are internationally known for creating works that embrace the themes of home and family while drawing on their personal experiences of migrating to Australia from the Philippines.
The children's boats will be part of a large installation which opens at the gallery on 1 July and goes until about 10th September.

Penny Walton
Art Teacher

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04
May
2017

From the P&F

I trust this finds you well.  Last week we finally had sufficient sunshine to hold the events that had been postponed in Term 1.  Here is a roundup of what has been and what is to come!
  • Hot Cross Buns – this may seem a dim and distant event, it raised over $300, a huge thank you to Manjula G for making it happen, to the admin staff who helped behind the scenes and the parents and children who helped get the buns out on the day!
  • Walkathon – it turned out to be 3rd time luck for our annual walkathon!  In fact the change of date was a blessing in disguise as it was a much better temperature for the children to walk round in and future walkathons will be held at a similar time.  Money raised for this (and other events) will go towards the Solar Panels that will, in the long term, help reduce the school’s energy bills.  A big thank you to Cherry H who organised the event and to all the parents who turned out on the day to help – we couldn’t do these events without you. Please send your child’s sponsorship money in ASAP – preferred method is by bank transfer with the following reference WALK Class/es Kids Surname as the reference e.g. WALK 6T 5CD Hopley
  • Movie Night – went down a treat too, there was very little spare grass to sit on due to the turnout.  Again the change of date (although a little chilly) was more suitable for the younger children to attend as with the time change we could hold it earlier.  Although this is more of a social than a fund raising event we managed to raise $230 which is great.  A big thank you to Ray Burquest, Toni Cleaves, Kresho Sprem, Mr Aldo and the school’s administrative staff who worked behind the scenes to make this happen!
  • Cyber Safety Talk – Thursday 1st June – 6:30pm – will be at the school - for parents only - this is a great talk on cyber safety by an external specialist and highly recommended to attend
  • Open Day – Sunday 28th May -  Doodle Calendars will be released soon for each family to donate time to helping on the day
  • Gala Dinner – Friday 8th September – don’t forget to put this date in your diary – more info coming shortly – if you have any ideas or suggestions for items we can auction please send them to me (via your class parent if you don’t have my email)
  • Shakespeare Costume Help – We urgently need somebody or two people to volunteer looking after the Shakespeare Costume room – in essence it is receipting the costumes and accessories when they come in and returning them to their correct place within the room.  More details are elsewhere in this newsletter.  If you think you may have time to help please contact your class representative to contact me.
  • Minutes of the P&F Meeting  - minutes of the meeting held on 1st May have been circulated – you should have received them from your class parent by now
  • Next P&F Meeting – Monday 19th June
 
I think that wraps it all up.  Do keep an eye on this newsletter and emails from your class parents for the upcoming Open Day – there will be calls to help /action and we really appreciate your prompt response.
Thanks
Niki

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10
August
2016

Lower First learning about "The Little Refugee"

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In the build up to Book Week, Lower First are looking at 'The Little Refugee' by Anh Do and Suzanne Do and drawing their own people using the art room's collection of dolls from around the world as further inspiration.

 

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05
August
2016

Botanical art

5th class and 2nd class students have been learning about the endangered plant Grevillea Caleyi in art lessons recently.  Not only drawing the flower and leaves in detail, but finding out about the threats to its survival.  The school plans to enter student artworks in a regional art competition that is designed to increase awareness of local endangered species.  The students were interested to know that there is a fenced reserve behind our school were Grevillea Caleyi is growing in its natural habitat.

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