Back to the basics


Our foundation students have been looking at the history of art, going right back to cave painting. They explored how cave art was made and the types of tools and mediums they used. We have removed brushes and sponges as tools and encouraged students to use their hands/fingers to create smudges, smears and prints. They have created small animals, people and insects from finger prints and coloured the patterns and shapes on a hot air balloon. The finished pieces will be mounted on a sky blue background with collage hanging basket and puffy white clouds.

Students have also created animal collages using torn paper. Using PVA glue to adhere the torn papers, students layered coloured and printed sheets to create form and shape.






Our Grade 1 students have been looking at perspective when drawing and painting landscapes. Firstly students completed a drawing pre-test, testing their knowledge of foreground, middle and background. We then completed a unit as a class, deciphering perspective in painted landscapes and locating the various elements.


Learning the basics of water colour painting, the students then created landscapes of their own, looking at distance and perspective in their art works. This unit taught them skills in layering paint, application of colour and use of different brush strokes.

As you can see the results are beautiful and very well executed for their first attempts at water colour landscape painting. Look at the lovely brushstrokes representing leaves on the trees!


Sculpture workshops

IMG_1552 We have been exploring elements of sculpture in the Art classroom over the last few weeks. The Grade 3/4 students have just begun to design and create a three dimensional form. Using a base skeleton made of newspaper, tape and wire, the students then began to layer pieces of Modroc over the surface. By smoothing each layer as it was added, it then creates a lovely base, ready for paint application when dry. Initially we were all going to make crazy, kooky birds, then I decided to let the students decide on their own topic, providing they could provide me with a comprehensive design of what they wanted to make.


The range of animals, monsters, cartoon characters and word art that the students designed was phenomenal. I look forward to seeing how these creations progress over the next few weeks. The students were instructed on how to build a skeletal frame, as well as how to use the Modroc in a safe and efficient manner. Apart from these initial demonstrations, it has been up to the students, as to how they form and build their sculpture.

Our Grade 5/6 students have also been working with sculptural mediums. Using air dry clay, they designed and made a Tribal Warrior head for their collages. IMG_1516Looking at correct joining techniques, the clay was built up to incorporate eyes, ears, noses, mouths etc.


Once dry, the heads were then painted with metallic paints and allowed to set.

While the warrior heads were drying, students then collected sticks, leather, fur, pipe cleaners, beads, feathers etc, to create a body for their Tribal Warrior.


The combination of materials will then be glued to base boards. (Images soon to come. Please feel free to drop by Open night on Education Week to check out these art pieces)







Following on with our sculpture theme, our Grade 2 students have begun the construction of their clay sitting birds. Using the pinch pot technique, students created a small bowl shape, which became the base of their birds head.


The students then carefully shaped and applied a birds beak, before looking at other details such as eyes, body markings and patterns. Once dry, the bird heads will be painted and feathers and goggle eyes applied.


The legs will be made from pipe cleaners and beads and will be glued just inside the base of the body.

I will post images of the birds as soon as they are complete.


Junior School


The Grade 1 students have been learning about different types of Mandalas- found all around the world. Exploring architecture, art and natural found objects; such as the internals of sea shells, the students looked at the intricate patterns and repetition found in the circular images.

Firstly students used the dispersion method to create a background for their art piece. They laid crepe paper on a piece of white card and then sprayed the surface with water. The water encouraged the colour to leach and disperse from the crepe paper, creating a lovely coloured surface to work on.

A rough copy of a Mandala was then sketched into their scrap books, prior to creating a pen and ink design onto their backing paper. Students were encouraged to look at repetition, symmetry and uniqueness of symbols and shapes.

Paper Weaving

Grade Prep students were introduced to the art of paper weaving. For many this was quite a difficult task- especially when confronted with changing pattern lines each time they began a row. These will soon become the body of an animal in a collage piece of work. (Images of completed collages will be displayed soon)


Printmaking-  Patterns and Repetition

For this unit of work, we studied shapes and their names.

Following on from this, we created patterns using shapes, looking at simple ABAB lines to more complicated patterns such as AABAAB and ABCCABCC. Students were then encouraged to create patterns of their own. This tested their pattern knowledge, as well as ability to use sponges and stamps in a clean and accurate manner.



Work in progress

1   Our Junior school students have just completed their clay collages. With their gorgeous fish sculptures complete and painted, they were then adhered to a painted backdrop.

Selecting from a lovely array of donated sea shells, sea weed and coral pieces, the students then created a sea bed floor, sprinkling sand from the sand pit to complete the picture.  Some students then added sequins to represent air bubbles.

I love the unique designs from each student, as they manipulated the clay into different examples of sea creatures.

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Water Colour Owls

Grade 5 and 6 students looked at the majestic owl and created detailed line drawings, using patterns and repetition. These line drawings were then filled in with fluorescent water colour paint and then outlined in pen markers.



Each student decided upon a body shape, then began the task of filling the form. Some went for more traditional/realistic owl shapes, whereas others liked a more cartoon like appearance.










Examining examples of Zentangles and Mandalas, the students then combined these elements to create a feeling of texture and form.


After the water colour paints had dried, the fine line pens and markers were then used to highlight the line work. Finalised pieces were then cut out and mounted on black card for display.




Collage Flowers

The Grade 3/4 students worked with paint, papers, pom poms, sparkly sequins and glitter glues to create wonderfully layered flower collages.

They began by painting textures onto paper in either warm or cool colours.

Next they cut out petals for the flowers, ensuring each layer was slightly smaller than the one before. The painted petals were then glued onto black card and cut out a second time, before being stuck onto a coloured surface.

Then the fun part.

Decorating the finished products.

Out came the boxes of jewels, pom poms, glitter glues etc. Each student then personalised their creations, looking at the overall composition while thinking about symmetry and patterns.

Check out our small clip with some samples of work from the students.