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01
May
2013

Primary students learn graphic design basics

Repeat patterns, typography and more

3rd and 4th classes at John Colet School are looking at illustration, in particular the work of William Morris, the 19th century English textile designer, artist and writer.

The older students extended a floral pattern from a section of William Morris stationery, endeavouring to incorporate their floral design into their patterning on a contemporary cat. 

Artwork by Kauri and Henry, 4th class D.  Click continue reading for more.

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10
April
2013

6th class wax heads

6th class also recently created self portraits in wax layers in a special art incursion with artist Barbie Hooper.  Here are some of the works, they will all be on display at our Open Day and Fair on Sunday 26th May.

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10
April
2013

Recycled art by Upper Firsts

Upper Firsts capped off their recent excursion to Kimbriki recycling centre by making 'something useful' artworks out of recycled bits and pieces.
Noisy, creative end-of-term fun...

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05
April
2013

More on portraiture

Lessons in anatomy in Art

3rd and 4th classes have been drawing skulls, as part of their work on portraiture. 
They looked closely at medical plates of the head and skull, then were given one half of a skull, on A4 paper, to complete...

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03
April
2013

Easter wrap-up

Many different cultures are explored at John Colet School and Easter time provides a great opportunity for this.  Our Upper First  classes (Year 1) created German Easter Trees, Der Osterbaum, with beautifully decorated eggs and egg shapes hung on branches in a vase or on a tree outside.  Click "Continue Reading" for more on the Easter Hare.

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27
March
2013

5th class art incursion

Working with wax

Our 5th class had a day long art intensive in the art room  this week working with wax to create portraits. Inspired by artist Barbie Hooper who took the incursion, the students layered on the hot and cold wax and then cut into the wax layers to add detail. A thoroughly enjoyable day that extended the students' understanding of portrait painting through different mediums.

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20
March
2013

Portraiture

Ahead of the Archibald Award announcements, 4th classes have been doing more work on portraiture.  They looked at the work of Victor Brauner (1903 - 1966), a surrealist painter and sculptor.  Brauner had a fascination for eyes - he had a glass eye, having been badly wounded in a fight - and was influenced by the modernists Picasso and Klee.  He is perhaps best known for his sculpture "Wolftable" (1947) but it was his "The Alphabet Face" that 4th classes used as inspiration for their own surrealist portraits. 
Many of the art classes this week have been listening to The Adventures of Odysseus while working - totally absorbing!

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13
March
2013

Ceramic artists at work

All our Infants students had the chance to squish, roll and mould clay in ceramic art classes this week.  The lessons were lead by Krystan Taylor from Ceramics in Schools and the children listened hard to each step-by-step instruction.
Upper First C (pictured) each made crocodiles, which fits in with their aboriginal art work studies, while 2nd classes are making rainforest trees.  Lower First (kindy) classes are making wall hangings showing their family members.
The works will be fired, then painted and glazed at the start of Term 2.   Come and see the final results at our Open Day (Sunday 26th May).

   


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13
March
2013

Entry in for Gallipoli Art Award

6th class students have finished their individually etched horses on watercolour backgrounds.  They are now being framed, ready for judging in the Gallipoli Art Award.
This is the eighth year that John Colet's  6th class has entered the award, and we remain the only school to take part. Each year we've been thrilled to be hung as finalists in the Award, and be part of the exhibition at the Gallipoli Memorial Club in the city. The students are also invited to attend the prize giving lunch.
Pictured below are the horses being positioned for their trip to the framer. Good luck for this year, 6th class! 

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13
March
2013

Enjoying eggs

This week 3rd classes practised drawing using larger arm movements from the shoulder, rather than the wrist, in order to achieve the generous oval shape of an A3 sized egg. 
And then there was the joy of patterning them with luscious pastels in irridescent Easter colours. 
 

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06
March
2013

Learning about aboriginal art

Our Upper First (Year 1) students have been learning about aboriginal culture through action, storytelling and art.
Sitting around a pretend campfire, students watched some of their class mates act out the aboriginal story "The Bat and the Crocodile" read by their art teacher Mrs Gadsby.  Then they learnt about aboriginal markings, which they recreated on black paper bat shapes, and on large pieces of paper bark.

Next week, in ceramic art, they will make a crocodile and paint it with similar dots, cross hatchings and lines.

Mrs Gadsby says there is a strong emphasis on culture based art at John Colet, for example in Aboriginal art, not just learning about dot painting, but coming to an understanding of the ideology behind the artworks.

"This process of examining art through culture applies also to Asian, Indian and Islamic art. This gives the children a deep understanding and appreciation of different cultures. They also study the great art movements in the western world such as the Renaissance, Impressionism and Contemporary art."

   

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28
February
2013

4th class art on trend with bunting

As 4th classes are reading Storm Boy, the art teachers were asked if the children could come up with a fabulous classroom display to go with the book's body of work.
No problem at all - as the art sessions were already focusing on the form and shape of birds - and a pelican and shore birds certainly feature in the book.
So now both classes have wonderful bunting illustrated with shore birds and coastal landscapes. The birds were block printed in black with foam board, then hand coloured.  The landscapes were drawn with coloured pencils and crayon.
Come and see the final results first hand at our Open Day (Sunday 26th May).
 



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20
February
2013

Gallipoli Art Award preparation starts

John Colet 6th class students have been learning about the role horses played in the First World War.  This is part of their preparation for their group entry into the Gallipoli Art Award, administered by the Gallipoli Memorial Club  (www.gallipoli.com.au ) which John Colet School enters each year.  They learnt about Sandy, the only Australian horse of the 130,000 sent, that returned to Australia from WW1.  That was an emotional lesson!
The students also looked at historical photos of horses in the Great War, then created some etchings, some of which are below, as part of their early preparation for their class entry.


Learn more about war horses at www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/horses/sandy.asp










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20
February
2013

Miles of tiles

Rounding out the section of work on birds for 3rd classes this week, the students drew birds on ordinary bathroom tiles with a 'sharpie' type permanent marker.  Then the tiles were baked at 150 degrees for half an hour, so the image sets.  So simple anyone could do it at home, even on a white ceramic plate.
These bird tiles will probably be group mounted for a striking artwork around the school.
Pictured below are the two sets of tiles by 3rd class N, and two students from 3rd class R hard at work on their tiles.
   

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08
February
2013

Art with birds

3rd and 4th year art classes have begun a section of work on birds.  They’ve started by looking at the form and shape of birds, incorporated pattern and texture in their line drawings, and focused on ‘tickling’ the page with the pencil rather than pressing too heavily.

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