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Art classes

21
August
2013

Grandparents Day art

Our First Classes have been busy making cards to give to their Grandparents on Grandparents day. They will be able to post their beautiful cards to Grandparents overseas.  Some have never met their Grandparents but talked to them on skype. Some Grandparents drop the children to school or pick them up. Some children love that their Grandparents read them books, play with them and spoil them. They love their Grandparents because their Grandparents love them. One boy received a picture of a grizzly bear by phone, another received a message in a bottle from the North pole (by mail). Grandparents Day is a Special Day.
John Colet School has a special Grandparents Day celebration in September.

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02
August
2013

Teaching young children to draw still life

Our Upper First students (Year 1) drew gourds and fruit on a Balinese cloth as they learnt how to draw life-like objects in art this week.

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02
August
2013

Banana Armada

What a joyous set of art classes this week, with 3rd and 4th classes taking the still life artworks of Cezanne onto the sails of their banana battle ships...take a banana, some skewers, some tooth picks, photo copied and hand coloured prints of famous still life paintings, assemble and enjoy.
Juli Allcorn
Art Teacher

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26
July
2013

Teaching primary school students about Impressionism

Influenced by Monet

Our primary students have been learning more about Impressionism in art classes this week.   3rd and 4th classes watched YouTube clips about the work of Monet, then copied his technique to draw flowers and fruit with pastels.




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12
June
2013

Buddha's birthday

Student teacher Mr James Foley took Upper First M for art as part of his practical work recently.  The children had a story about Buddha, coloured in pictures of Buddha and then created offerings of their favourite possessions.

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03
June
2013

Worry dolls

Art classes this week for our 2nd class students were based on the legend that Guatemalan parents tell their children. Guatemalan children have a set of tiny dolls that they tell their worries to and put under their pillows. The legend says all their worries will go away.  In art class we read "Silly Billy" byAnthony Browne about Billy who had all sorts of worries and couldn’t sleep properly. His Grandmother made him some worry dolls. In class we made rather large worry dolls, more like peg dolls, and the children were very creative in designing their costumes.
Annette Gadsby
Art Teacher

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29
May
2013

John Colet School buys beautiful artworks

John Colet School bought three artworks by local artists at our art show last weekend.  They will replace some works that were destroyed in the fire at the school last year.  They also provide a wonderful teaching resource for our art classes. 
This week, 3rd and 4th classes studied one of the paintings, by Sledjana Adzic, in art class.  Then they drew the painting (4th classes did this by drawing the negative spaces in the artwork) and did their best to replicate the radiant colours of the original using crayola and colour wash.
A great way to teach children how to study paintings closely.


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22
May
2013

Super Mother's Day gifts by second classes

Check out these lovely little dishes that our second class students decorated as gifts for Mums on Mother's Day.
 

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22
May
2013

Art students learning to teach

Our wonderful art prefect Eloise M and art assistant India P were photographed helping the children in art this week.  India is actually taking this class. Eloise helps with Lower First every week and will be preparing and taking a lesson for them after our school  Open Day this Sunday.
The sand art supplies were kindly donated to the school by a parent. 



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13
May
2013

Mother's Day portraits

Lower first have hit the jackpot this year for as well as having art with the specialist art teacher they also have an art class with Miss Marley who, as well as having her degree as a teacher has a Fine arts Degree and loves teaching art.
In the Lower First rooms you will find many fabulous works taught by Miss Marley: Georgia O’Keefe flowers, Kandinsky patterns, The very hungry caterpillar paintings to name a few. She loves working with pastels and watercolour. One of her projects was a Mother’s Day painting as a gift for the lower first Mum’s. Of course it’s hard to believe that L 1st produced these art works but she has taught them the proportions of the face, which to be honest I don’t usually teach until 2nd class. As you can see it has been highly successful.


Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), Art classes, John Colet

13
May
2013

Ceramics in Schools

Experiencing different art disciplines

Ceramics are part of the NSW curriculum which focuses on artist’s practice and the children seeing themselves as artists and experiencing different art disciplines. We are very fortunate to have ”Ceramics In Schools “ run by two potters Sue Buckle and Krystan Taylor. They have been coming to John Colet for many years and working with the children to produce delightful art works.
The first process is making, then the work is fired, then painted and fired again. Whilst we do other clay and modelling  work we don’t have a kiln and the opportunity to produce a lifetime art work is wonderful for the children. Most importantly,  they are working with experienced ceramic artists which is invaluable.
The subject matter for the pieces relates to work they have been doing in art and perhaps H.S.I.E.  We have put it in the programme for infants children as a yearly event . We charge the parents for the costs, which all goes directly to Ceramics in Schools, because we feel that the children are receiving a quality product that they have made themselves. The children just love this special workshop.


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08
May
2013

Rainforest artwork

5th class has a colourful rainforest on their back wall.  They have been studying the biome Tropical Rainforests in HSIE and have compared the Daintree and the Amazon.  Besides discovering why rainforests are so valuable and essential for the health of the planet,  they have researched an animal from one of the forests, written an information report on it, and with the help of Mrs Allcorn during Art classes, created a rainforest and placed their animals in the appropriate layer of the forest.  See if you can find all 22 animals when you have a look on Open Day on Sunday 26th May. 





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08
May
2013

6th class explores expressionism

Looking at the works of artists such as Paul Nash The Battle of Germany 1944, Christopher Nevinson The Machine Gun 1915 and Paul Cezanne Houses in Provence 1879, our 6th class students have been learning about expressionism in Art.
Then they put the theory into practice sketching a still life of bottles.



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03
May
2013

John Colet School "Garden Dreaming"

Inspired by the work of Emily Kame Kngwarray

The Infants children spent ten minutes contour drawing Australian native plants from the John Colet School garden.  We then looked at the work of Emily Kngwarray, in particular the artwork "Big Yam Dreaming"  - 1995.  We learnt about how this work tells about the growth of the finger yam at Alalgura, Emily's country.
The children went for a walk in the garden and looked at the way plants grow and twist around themselves.
They then did a design, in white on black, based on their contour drawings - incorporating their understanding of patterns made by the plants.
Annette Gadsby
Art Teacher


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01
May
2013

Our Lower First M class knows about Georgia O'Keeffe

Kindergartners leaning about abstract painting

Miss Marley gave her infants class children a detailed look at some of the abstract flower paintings of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe.  They were very keen to do their own and quickly understood the idea of filling the page with their paintings of their favourite flowers in closeup.  Click continue reading to see some photos.

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), Art classes, John Colet

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