Saturday, 5 April 2014

Hand Paintings

This end of term activity was a big hit with my Year 4/5 extension class. We used some photos of animal hand paintings for reference and then just had a go. I absolutely love the resulting photographs!

Inspired By Stormie Mills

Stormie Mills is a well known artist in Perth, Western Australia, and a favourite of mine. See his style of work on his website We worked with charcoal to create a Stormie Mills inspired character. I love the results!!

Plaster Masks

This was a project done with my Year 4-5 extension class. We used plaster bandage over plastic face molds to create the masks. These were then mounted onto a cardboard backing. From there, the kids went nuts with painting and decorating. Luckily there were no major hot glue injuries!

Australian Aboriginal style paintings

This project was done with a class of Year 2 students. We spent quite a bit of time looking at traditional and non-traditional Aboriginal artworks and the styles and symbols that were used. I also showed them some video footage of how traditional 'dot painting' artworks were created and explained that our artworks were inspired by this traditional process.

Clay Snails

I completed this project with a class of ESL students, ranging from Year 4 to Year 6. We made our snails, decorated them with different textures and patterns, bisque fired them, glazed them and then fired them for a second time. To finish them off, we added pipe cleaner antennae! Artists work shown: Elle, YiChen, Yuri and Irin.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Giraffes Can't Dance

I bought the book, 'Giraffes Can't Dance' by Giles Andreae, many years ago for my son and always loved the illustrations. This week I used it as inspiration for a project with my Year 3's. It is a great way to introduce how to create tonal gradients when painting with ink and their dancing giraffes were just gorgeous! The following photos show the step by step process of how we created our artworks. Student sample will be posted soon.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Hundertwasser Inspired

I am still amazed by how these turned out. The project was done with three different classes, ranging from Year 4 to Year 6. This was the first time that we have looked at Hundertwasser's work and I think the results are just stunning. After looking at samples his work and discussing his use of organic shapes, bright colours, black lines and his connection to the environment, the students set about creating their own pieces. We used inks and black wax crayons for the initial paintings. Students could then select materials such as buttons, wool, collage materials and glitter to add an extra layer of details. I have displayed many of the final creations and they have received much praise from our school community.