Paper craft skills

IMG_0874 IMG_0873 IMG_0872 Students all over the school are working on some variation of paper craft skills.

Great for fine motor development, technology skills and thinking creatively these projects have been designed to enable students to develop skills in joining, folding, cutting, making movable parts and 3d work.

These kind of activities also develop language skills as the students love to make up a story about their work.

Here are a few samples from grade 1 and 2.

You will see this work all over the school!


Australian Artist Grace Cossington Smith

IMG_0870 IMG_0869 Grade 4 students have been busy looking at art works of Sydney Harbour. They have used the painting technique of Australian artist Grace Cossington Smith to create their own stunning paintings.

Students were only allowed 2 or 3 colours plus white and were amazed at the myriad of colours and shades they could create.

Some of the paintings started to look like beautiful Persian rugs and some become almost abstract.

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IMG_0856 IMG_0857 IMG_0858 Grade 3 have made some fantastic insects using dyes, rock salt and paint.

Firstly they drew 3 body parts for their insect design.

Next they painted the body and then very carefully painted dye around the edge. Rock salt was placed on top of the dye which draws the moisture up and makes wonderful patterns in the dye.

Once it was all dry the students made marks to decorate their insects.

Check them out in the school passage. They make a colourful display.

Great work grade 3.


My Australia Grade 6

IMG_0850 IMG_0851 IMG_0852 IMG_0853 IMG_0854 It has taken all term, mainly because we only have art once a fortnight, but we finally have some finished grade 6 work.

The ‘My Australia’ maps have come up well and feature lots of techniques. Paint, collage, ink, dyes, frottage using leaves, watercolour pencils and paint.

The students then added drawings and collage to show important parts of Australia and make the map more individual.

Some of the items they included were animals, sports, famous places, places they have been or would like to visit.

It really has been very experimental and all about the journey and having a go.



More Landscapes Grade 5J

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5J have just finished their Aussie Landscapes and the results are terrific.

Some of the students really got the technique for adding pastels in a relaxed way. They created depth of colour and highlights in their work.

It takes quite a while to get all the art projects finished as we work on a two week rotation.



This art work on the right has a touch of Van Gough to it with the curved lines throughout the work.IMG_0841

Comparing art.

IMG_0840 IMG_0839 IMG_0838 IMG_0837 Grade 4 students have been comparing and contrasting art works featuring the Sydney Opera House. Artists we looked at included-Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith. Ken Done and Marie Jonsson Harrison.

Students found lots of similarities and differences. They talked about colour, brush strokes, time of day and objects featured in the paintings.

Here are a few samples of their venn diagrams. One group compared 3 of the paintings all at once.IMG_0836