Art classes

Art classes

11
June
2014

Year 5 Art review for Semester 1

Our 5th class students have begun their study of Gallipoli in readiness for next year's entry into the Gallipoli Art Prize and have looked at the landscape of Gallipoli, and developed the skill of creating a colour palette similar to the Impressionists.  This work spilled into their next project during semester 2 of realistically drawing the wildlife found in the rainforests of the world.  They also enjoyed the delicate painting of hand blown Easter Eggs.

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16
May
2014

Open Day Art Attack

Be sure to visit all our classrooms

Our Lower First (kindergarten) classrooms at the top of the driveway will be full of artworks for parents to see.  A whole term of work has been devoted to "Under the Sea" with works in ceramic, painting and other styles, as well as their Dreaming Stories works on canvas of the Rainbow Serpent and Tidalik the Frog drawings.

2nd classes will be displaying Monet's Frogs and some Picasso inspired art.
3rd classes have their wonderful Egypt works, as well as their artworks influenced by Matisse and Jeannie Baker. 

4th classes display their art of Japan, 5th classes have become mini-rainforests, while 6th class show off their wonderful Gallipoli Art Award work,  their PNG influenced art, and their Japanese kites, among many other things!

Be sure to visit as many classrooms as you can at our Open Day next Sunday 25th May.  Come at 10am to catch our 45 minute concert of singing and recitals by our students. 

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05
May
2014

Tactile yarn weaving in 6th class

6th class have recently been working with yarn to create "Eye of God" wallhangings.  The 'Ojo de Dios' hangings are a traditional spiritual object in South America, and feel beautifully soft too.

They will be on display, along with school academic work and other projects, at our Fair and Open Day on Sunday 25th May. 

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28
August
2013

Gorgeous seahorses in art

Take a plain paper plate...

Intricate and detailed pattern work and vibrant use of colour (watercolours and texta) is transforning plain paper plates into magical seahorses this week in art classes. 
This will be a two-lesson project as the 4th class students are encouraged to take their time.  They will also be making an enchanted clam shell to go with their seahorse.
 

Above are seahorse plates by Hamish and Lara, both 4th class D

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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.


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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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