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.


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.

I will post more pics soon.IMG_0868


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.