Art classes

Art classes

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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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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