Grade 4 Masks

Students have been researching about masks from a country or a variety of countries of their choice.
They have been learning about the various purposes for their chosen masks. Questions that they have had to answer are:

    • What are they?
    • What are they used for?Maskarra Festival
    • What is their purpose?
    • Who wears them?Korean Mask


They have also been concentrating on how the Elements of Art can add meaning to their mask. Watch this space as the students plan and develop their own individual mask.

Grade 2 – Listening to Music


Expressing yourself through Art! A big concept that the grade 2 students have been enjoying. They have been listening to various music and painting, using lines shapes and colours! Here is a quote from the artist Wally Kandinsky!

A world of colors on the palette remaining… wandering… on canvases still emerging. (Wassily Kandinsky)

Welcome to the Academic Year 2013/14

Welcome to Elementary Art for the 2012/13 school year and hello to the new and old students who are here at ISM. This is going to be another great year for the elementary students who are going to have loads of fun and learning experiences, which will challenge and excite their imagination. They will learn new techniques and skills whilst exploring a variety of materials.

For the first week of Art the Students have reviewed the Elements of design to create the front covers for their Art books.

  • Grade 2 are tracing their hands and using a variety of lines, shapes, colours and textures to decorate their hands.
  • Grades 3 are using mixed media materials to create a self-portrait of themselves.
  • Grades 4 have looked at the artist Olfer Wolberger to help inspire their self-portrait collage.

See below photos of the students at work:


Public Art – Grade 2

Finally the Grade 2 Public Art Project is finally finished and hanging. Remoroza and Power’s class both decided that they would like to hang them for the public in the Elementary Library. The Elementary Librarian Ms Hallinan loves them so much that she would like to keep them there over the holidays and into next year. Ms Power’s class chose the theme of ‘fish’. Each student decided on their own fish and decorated them with a variety of materials. Ms Remoroza’s class chose the theme of ‘raindrops’ and painted them to reflect different weather patterns. The plastic recycled raindrops have a variety of meanings, such as: “the gold and silver show the wealth of what water brings”, the coulours pink, purple and blue represent the moring, day and night skies”.

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Tree Houses

Ms Remoroza’s students have finished their Public Art Unit. The students decided to make tree houses, that would brighten up their playground and bring more birdlife into the area. The students used recycled materials, and decorated them in various colours. Some were made to camouflage into their environment, others were made to attract brightly coloured bird. We put seeds into them before they were hung, to provide food for the birds. They look great and I think there have even been some birds nesting. Let’s wait and see! Here are some of them!

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ES Art Creations Exhibition 2013

Thank you to everyone for coming to the ES Art Exhibition this week. The children were so excited to have been able to share their learning with you. I really love to see the children in the exhibition talking about the work they have done during the year and also enjoying the work of other artists in the elementary school. The opening on Monday was a buzz of excitement with teachers, parents and students all sharing in the experience. Student Council were there as tour guides to the work of each grade level and did an excellent job of explaining the work and the process they went through to create it.

Thanks for your feedback on the exhibition, which is always much appreciated. One point that came up was that children felt disappointed if their work was not shown. It is so hard to include some work by every single child, simply due to the lack of space. We always endevour to make the exhibition a showcase of the curriculum and the varied talents, of our students. It is by no means, and is never intended to be, a talent show and so we try to include work done by as much of a variety of students as possible.

Sadly, the exhibition will come down on Monday, but feedback can still be sent via email or blog posts or via the Star Wall, which will be outside the ES office.

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Students have been learning about the word resist and how it is used in Art. They have experimented with a variety of materials such as vegetable oil, ink and oil pastels. They have had a lot of fun using these materials and have created some very interesting textures and art work. Stay tuned for images that have been produced!

Still Life & Natural Forms

What a variety of techniques the grade 3 students have learnt in this unit! They have experimented and used a variety of materials including: charcoal, lead pencils, chalk pastels, oil pastels, paint, collage materials and felt tip pens. The students have been using their observational skills to draw a variety of natural forms. They have focused on shapes, lines, forms, scale, shading and much more throughout the unit.

The final work that they will end the term with is, carving a sculpture, based on their own interpretation of a natural form. They are looking at the carving material first and working with its form to create their own. As Michelangelo once said ” I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”.

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To begin the unit, the students researched something of interest to them, generating a variety of images and ideas for their prints. Students made decisions regarding their composition and layout, colour choices and use of printmaking techniques before they began. The students were also introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques which they included in their superprint. As you can see, some of the prints almost look like fabric, with their use of colours and images. Ask your child about the techniques that they learnt! Styrofoam printing, Lino printing and Stenciling.

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