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19
November
2012

Orang-utan fundraisers visit

William and Daniel Clarke, the Terry Hills teenagers who are raising funds to buy and protect orang-utan habitat, spoke to the students at school this week.    The children were utterly enthralled to meet the boys whom they had heard so much about over the past many months at school. 

Daniel and William explained why the orang-utan are under such serious threat  - mostly because of the demand for palm oil - and that there may be only ten years left in which to save them from going extinct. 

But it wasn't all serious, the children  laughed hearing about how playful and mischievous young orang-utan are, and cheered when they heard how much the school had raised (more than $8000!) towards the boys' fundraising goal.

As well as having a mufti day for the cause, each student spent many weeks creating an artwork, on canvas, of an orang-utan or other animal from the vulnerable rainforest habitat.

These paintings were exhibited at Art Focus Gallery in Brookvale and were available for sale.

It has been a very successful consciousness and fundraising project, and most importantly perhaps,  has given the children a great example of young people stepping up to a challenge.



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09
November
2012

Mufti Day for Tears in the Jungle Campaign

Students and teachers enjoyed a mufti day this week, dressing in oranges and reds to show support for Northern Beaches boys Daniel and William Clarke's campaign to raise $1 million to buy and protect orangutan habitat. 

This weekend sees the launch of an exhibition of more than 200 paintings by John Colet Students which are being sold to also raise funds for the campaign. 

The exhibition is on at Art Focus Gallery, 1 Powells Road, Brookvale until Wednesday 14th November. The official opening starts at 3pm this Saturday. 



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09
November
2012

More from the art room

Often art classes start with a simple drawing exercise before the children move on to the planned lesson. Recently, Upper First T children were asked to choose their favourite picture from the art book they had chosen to read, then copy it.  There was only time to photograph three of the wonderful efforts - see below.
by Samsara

  by Aidan

  by Maggie



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31
October
2012

Exploring Indian art and culture

Our Lower First and Upper First (Kindergarten and Year 1) students looked at Indian art and celebrations last week.  The five day festival of Diwali was discussed, with children drawing the typical activities such as house cleaning, buying new clothes, lighting small lamps and creating footprints, pictured below, to lead the bad spirits away from a home and to welcome the good spirits in.  Lower First classes also decorated Indian elephants.
 

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31
October
2012

Exploring Greek art

4th class students spent a number of weeks looking at art in Greece and discussed the use of tempera in the Monasteries.  The technique is still used today and artists are still trained in this field painting the various religious Icons.
So as a class we cracked eggs and separated the white and yolk, mixed with water and vinegar and set about painting a Greek inspired patterned boarder for our class combined artwork. 
Juli Allcorn
Art Teacher
Photos Barbie Hooper
 

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07
September
2012

Infants art and the senses

Upper First Students have been exploring art through the five senses, and after the Father’s Day sugar rush last week (taste), it was the turn of the sense of smell.  A great opportunity to draw flowers and fruit still life pictures, and the children were engrossed in the process of making their own paintings on canvases.
Next week is the final sense, touch, with appliqué picture making using recycled bits and pieces on textured card. 
 

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03
September
2012

Father's Day treats

Upper First students decorated iced biscuits with their Dads' faces for a Father's Day gift this year, rounding out their study of art through the five senses. And yes, they certainly tasted good.  The biscuits were sent home in little bags attached to handmade cards depicting Dad's face, this time rendered in fruit.  In doing their cards, the children learnt about  the artwork of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian artist from the 1500s who composed portraits from fruits and
vegetables.
 

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10
August
2012

Infants' art for Tears in the Jungle campaign

Our youngest students are really getting in to helping Daniel and William Clarke in their bid
to raise $1million for buying land for protected orangutan habitat.
The photos below show how their canvases are coming along. 

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01
August
2012

Tears in the Jungle support

Our students are working on art projects to support Northern Beaches boys Daniel and William Clarke in their bid to raise $1M for orangutan habitat protection through the Tears in the Jungle fund.
Students will be busy creating in art classes for the next 4 weeks – this week they practised drawing the shapes and forms of an orang’s body...

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