Art classes

Art classes

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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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.

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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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