Grade 2 Resist

The students have been learning all about how certain materials ‘resist’ each other and using this understanding to create artwork. They have experimented with oil pastels and black ink. They have colourful designs using oil pastels or glue which has resisted watercolour ink.

This is what some of the students have said about these materials:

“The oil pastel is like a wall”.

“The oil pastel stops the watercolour, it is like a stop sign”.

“The oil pastel and glue push away the watercolour”.

” The glue dries and the watercolour stays away”.


Grade 4 – ‘Super Print’

Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, onto paper. Printmaking (other than monotyping – meaning one print only) is not chosen only for its ability to produce multiple impressions, but rather for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to.
The students have all researched their individual ideas and have drawn from photos, images and their imagination to create their own unique set of images that they will use in a ‘Super Print’. They will learn three different printmaking techniques; lino printing, styrofoam printing and stenciling.

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Grade 4 – ‘Superprint’

Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, onto paper. Printmaking (other than monotyping – meaning one print only) is not chosen only for its ability to produce multiple impressions, but rather for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to.
The students have all researched their individual ideas and have drawn from photos, images and their imagination to create their own unique set of images that they will use in a ‘Superprint’. They will learn three different printmaking techniques; lino printing, styrofoam printing and stenciling.

Mythical Creatures – Grade 3

Mythical creatures can be divided into two groups: the first group consists of creatures that everyone agrees to have existed or still exist today and the other group is composed of creatures in which not everybody agrees as to whether they have existed or not.

What makes a creature mythological? Well that’s obvious, it’s a myth! A myth is something that’s never been proven true but we believe in through our imagination and stories we’ve been told. The most common place that we find mythological creatures is in Greek myths and legends. But even now we have mythological creatures like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot. Whether they are real or not, they are still exciting to learn about.

Filipiniana Day

Wow what a great day! It started with the assembly which celebrated the uniqueness of the Philippines. Many of our students were involved in singing, dancing, dramatic play and speaking Tagalog. Parents were able to watch their child perform and participated in the activities and celebrations as well.

During the Art sessions the Grade 2 created two varieties of ‘fans’ – ‘pamaypay’ which are used in Filipino culture. They watched a traditional fan dance as inspiration to see how else fans are used in the Philippines, other than keeping you cool. The students chose various shapes for their fan and for decoration they added tissue papers in various colours. Some students even practiced some of the dance moves once they had finished. See the photos below, and I will endeavor to upload the movie of some of our young dancers.


Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an influential American painter and a major figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. Pollock’s technique of pouring and dripping paint was called action painting. He later used paint pouring and he began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and he developed what was later called his drip technique. He used hardened brushes, sticks and he was able to achieve a more immediate means of creating art, the paint now literally flowing from his chosen tool onto the canvas.

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“My painting does not come from the easel. I prefer to tack the unstretched canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I need the resistance of a hard surface. On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.” Jackson Pollock – My Painting 1956.

See the website below for some interactive Jackson Pollock painting.

http://www.jacksonpollock.org/

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Action Painting

Rudy Ernst has been the inspiration for the latest work of the grade 2 students. He is an artist who uses Action Painting as a way of expressing himself. Action Painting is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas. The students along with their knowledge of using lines have created colourful and interesting artworks. Here are some of their comments:

“I love moving with the music when I am painting”

“We want to create lines with the paint to see what the paint does”

“I like the textures, it creates lines”

” we are experimenting with what happens when we roll it in paint”

“we are trying to bring back some of the lines as the paint has taken over”

See the photos of the students at work and their Action Paintings.