After visiting Hundertwasser’s wonderful museum and village in Vienna it was a great opportunity to bring this amazing artist and architect to the students.
All the students from prep to Grade 5 are studying his wonderful art, architecture and philosophy. We have looked for onion domes, hidden faces, contour lines, mini houses and lovely colours in his work and this has inspired grade 3 and 4 to paint large collaborative murals.
Hundertwasser is a keen conservationist and believes that artists should be inspired by nature.
Developing fine motor coordination has been a big focus and what better way than sewing, weaving, wrapping and tying.
Grade 1 and 2 created delightful pocket pals. They stitched onto the hessian and decorated with beads and buttons.
Next the students had to design and cover their pals and the finished pieces are beautiful. The students could explain why it was important to develop these skills and when they might use them.
Grade 3 produced some terrific woven trees combing a number of steps and skills. There was quite a lot of problem solving involved. We discussed what skills we were developing and how we could build on these skills in the future.
Third term is usually textile time and the grade 4s have been working hard to create felt Vikings. some are finished and other have finishing touches still to do. We will end up with close to 100 Vikings, what a sight!
Grade 5 have been decorating and sewing cup cakes which make a real feast for the eye when displayed together. Some of the keen sewers have put quite a lot of detail into the decorations.
These cup cakes look good enough to eat!
Students throughout the school are busy making a variety of Artist Books. We have concertina folded books, paint, stencil, fold and collage books, pop up books and tunnel books.
Grade 6 are taking it one step further and designing their own ‘Lost Thing’ based on the work of Australian author/ illustrator Shaun Tan.
Here are a few samples that are currently under construction.
Plans and sample for the concertina books.
Mini collage books under construction.
Sample of a tunnel book.
Tunnel books from Grade 4 nearly ready to put together.
Here we have a few dolls created by the art extension group that meet Friday afternoons. The students created a no sew doll by making a wire frame, wrapping this with wadding and then covering the framework with fabrics, ribbons, leather and wool.
Grade 5 are still working on their Da Vinci inventions and they are looking fabulous.
Have a look at them on Open Night.
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!
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.
I will post more pics soon.