Graduation bears

img_0992 img_0993 img_0994 Every year Grade 6 completes a Graduation Bear. We always have a theme, this year it was ‘what I want to be when I grow up’.

We had sporting bears, mounted police, scientists, singers, marine biologist, surfers just to name a few.

It is a big job for Grade 6 to sew all the outfits but the final results always look great






After visiting Hundertwasser’s wonderfulimg_0957 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.img_0950 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.


More Textiles

IMG_0946 IMG_0945 IMG_0944 IMG_0943 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.


Textile Fun

IMG_0935 IMG_0936 IMG_0937 IMG_0938 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!




mini artist books

This has been a huge project for grade 3. We started by painting and stencilling a sheet of paper and then designed 8 pictures to work with their individual themes.

Next was making the book which took lots of folding and some cutting and then added a cover to the book which measure approx. 8cm by 11cm when closed. So we were working quite small.

Then the hard work began cutting and pasting their pictures into the book.

It has taken a few session but we have some awesome artist books.

Topics included; in the garden, Melbourne, solar system, bugs and natural disasters.



Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and Grade 6

IMG_0907IMG_0906We have a few samples of Grade 6 art work based on the illustrations of Shaun Tan’s ‘Lost Thing’.

I think the students have done a great job on these project.

Initially they were tho think of something that is easily lost and sketch up their idea. When they were happy this was transferred to card and completed in colour and cut out.

For the backgrounds they had a large selection of papers to use but had to think about conveying a sense of feeling in their art work with the colours they selected.

Finally they made a paint scrape piece to use as a second background.

IMG_0905I think the student’s work is fantastic.IMG_0904IMG_0901IMG_0899IMG_0900IMG_0898IMG_0902

Making Artist Books

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.IMG_0887 IMG_0886

IMG_0885 IMG_0884 IMG_0882 IMG_0881 IMG_0879 IMG_0883Plans 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.


What’s new?


IMG_0877Here 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.