July 5

Next Meeting OUTER WEST VISUAL ART TEACHERS NETWORK

Outer West Visual art teachers network Professional learning day 1

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It is less than 12 months since we had our first meeting and our OUTER WEST VISUAL ART TEACHERS NETWORK is thriving! We had our first professional learning day, organized by ourselves, for ourselves, in March this year which was a great success, considering we had only been operational for 6 months.

Outer West Visual art teachers network Professional learning day 1

Outer West Visual art teachers network Professional learning day 1

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Since we have commenced we have had meetings in many primary art rooms across the outer west and have shared and learnt so much from each other. We have shared resources, rubriks, assessment ideas, ipad apps, pinterest boards,  planning documentation, favourite art supplies, etc, etc, sent hundreds of emails to each other, and oohed and aahed appropriately over each others ‘show and tell’!

Spectacularly, all of this is done with the one constant we can be certain of – our incredible budget of $0!!!

Yes, all of this incredibly valuable professional learning has been achieved out of the giving of our own time, the depths of our own pockets, to provide drinks and nibblies for after school meetings, and the goodness of our schools allowing us to hold our meetings in our art rooms.

Our membership grows every week and includes part time and full time Primary Visual Arts teachers, some with tons of experience, some brand new, aspiring Visual arts teachers who are working in general classrooms, and PSTs (pre service teachers who used to be called student teachers, once upon a time). All are welcome as we all have skills and ideas to share.

Just email me if you are interested in joining.us, menhennet.shelley.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

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NEXT MEETING

At:

THOMAS CHIRNSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Walls Road

Werribee

An easy drive from Hoppers Xing, Tarneit, Truganina, Pt Cook, Laverton, Deer Park, and all parts west!!!

WHEN: Thursday 30th July 2015

4.00-5.00pm

RSVP : ASAP

menhennet.shelley.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

August 26

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER ARTICLE NO 1 2014

I have found that making sure I put an article into every school newsletter is a big commitment but now I have been doing it for quite a while, they are an effective avenue for communicating with the school community. On the few occasions I have missed putting something in I have the children asking me where my “Art Room News” was??? It has hugely increased the recycled donations being given to the Visual Art program which is fantastic!

 

Art Room News

 

Art smocks – As at last week’s check there were 206 children from grades P- 6 that do not have an art smock!!!! Was your child one of them???? If you do not want your child’s uniform covered in clay or paint please send an art smock along for your child to use. Waterproof art smocks with long sleeves are best however an old thick winter shirt in an adult size will do an adequate job of covering that expensive uniform.

 

 

The Art Room is looking for helpers in 2014. Don’t be shy! You don’t have to book in for the time that your child is in the Art room and you don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to help out, and some time to do it. It will give you the opportunity to experience one of our specialist programs up close! And you might even enjoy yourself!!! Just see Mrs Menhennet for details.

 

 

Don’t forget the  BLOG I intended to load up as many Art photos from 2013 as I could over the school holidays but like a lot of good intentions – it just didn’t happen! Hopefully I’ll get some time to do this over the next few weeks as I still have so many photos from the 2013 Art Show to upload.

 

And did I tell you about the wonderful lady Jascinta from Bondi Junction in NSW that sent me a huge parcel full of old calendars and cards as she saw my plea for them on the blog. She said she was so impressed with the children’s art work that she saw on the blog that she just had to send them! I keep telling you the world of blogging is amazing!

 

And did I tell you about the wonderful lady Jascinta from Bondi Junction in NSW that sent me a huge parcel full of old calendars and cards as she saw my plea for them on the blog. She said she was so impressed with the children’s art work that she saw on the blog that she just had to send them! I keep telling you the world of blogging is amazing!

Don’t forget to have a look at the cluster map in the side bar of the blog so you can check out where the visitors to the blog are coming from. The children love to do this in the Art Room. The blog is also a great way for you to share your child’s work with friends and relatives that live far away. http://thebackartroomblog.global2.vic.edu.au

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Melbourne Now is the huge, popular, major exhibition running at the NGV until the 23rd March 2014.  This is a free entry exhibition! Did anyone tyake their children in to the Children’s Festival part of the exhibit in January? If you did I would love to hear from you.

. Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne. This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity. Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community. The exhibition involves more than 175 individual and group presentations, as well as a suite of special projects which extend from the visual arts to architecture and design, dance and choreography, performance art and sound.

The Melbourne Now project is supported by a suite of dedicated publications, including a limited-edition volume, an exhibition guide, a children’s book, and a free ebook, which will be updated over the course of the exhibition. Download the ebook from the App Store or view it online. In addition, a Melbourne Now App has been developed that allows visitors to explore the exhibition and public programs – to plan itineraries, discover multimedia content and find out where and when special events and new activities are happening. Download your free app now.

Plenty of information about the Melbourne  Now  Exhibition is available through this link http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow

I’m really looking forward to theItalian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Pradowhich will be the big exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria from 18th May-31August 2014. All grades will be discussing this exhibition and looking at some of the images available through the National Gallery website in second and third term.

 

DONATIONS

Thank you so much for all the donations to the Art Room that I have had already this year. It seems that I receive bags and boxes full of treasures every day. So far I have received

  • Calendars
  •  fabric scraps
  •  egg cartons
  •  plastic jars with lids
  •  over runs of printed paper
  •  ice cream containers
  •  christmas and birthday cards
  •  cotton  reels
  •  small boxes
  •  assorted pieces of junk for printing
  • dead  CDs
  •  assorted plastic lids
  •  cardboard offcuts
  •  etc, etc, etc.
  • Please keep all these items coming as they are all utilised in our busy, recycling conscious, art rooms! So many things that you would ordinarily just toss out can be made use of in the Art Rooms.
  • And can we please have some magazines as our stockpile of them is running a little low?
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Thank you,

Shelley Menhennet

 

 

August 19

OUTER WEST VISUAL ART TEACHERS NETWORK

On Thursday afternoon I will host the first meeting of the OUTER WEST VISUAL ART TEACHERS NETWORK! It is being held in the main art room so I have some serious tidying up to do between now and then!!!

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I was joint President of a local network years ago but it folded about a year after I left to have my first child, who is now nearly 17! I can’t believe there hasn’t been an art teachers network around here for that long as Visual Art teachers really need their networks as they are often isolated within Primary Schools and need each other to bounce ideas around and ask for help with curriculum, assessment, budgets,  etc.

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There is a network running out of Footscray I believe, and a long established one in Geelong, but I think it’s important that you don’t have to travel far to get to a Network meeting, so that is why I thought it was time to get one going in the outer west again. The old network was called the Werribee Art teachers network but I didn’t want the name to necessarily put anyone off from coming, by thinking that they absolutely had to come from Werribee to be there. So I will suggest it be called the Outer West Network and see what the participants think.

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So hopefully, with about 15 people RSVPing to say they will be here, we will have enough impetus to get started. I am really looking forward to the meeting getting to know other art teachers in this area. Wish me luck!!!

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Shelley

April 27

I’M BACK!!!

 

Oh, my poor neglected blog!

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I have missed you so much!

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My plans for  blogging regularly in the Christmas school holidays just went out the window and it is nearly May! First term has already come and gone, and it is time for this weary old Art Specialist to almost start my first semester reports!!!! Admittedly I have been ill intermittently but I have had SO MUCH admin/paper work to do for school it has been nothing short of insane!

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Here in Victoria we are changing curriculum from AusVels to the Australian Curriculum so all our planning documents have had to be updated accordingly but at my school I have also had to update/alter/change/reinvent so much that has to be handed in to be checked, that it feels like it’s all I’ve been doing. Teaching – what teaching????

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So my plan is to finish uploading all my stuff from 2013 so I can get stuck into uploading all the magnificent work the children have been doing in 2014. I will severely restrict myself to the briefest amount of text I can get away with and if people need extra info about a certain activity they will just have to email me and ask me – otherwise I might never get it all uploaded where it belongs.

I have spent time on my Pinterest boards lately – seriously, I use them EVERY DAY at school –  and this seems to have had an unexpected, but very pleasant affect, as all of a sudden I have about 1700 followers on Pinterest – WOW!

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I hope my Pinterest followers all come over and look at my blog sometime!

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Thanks for reading and I’m so glad I’m back!

Shell

December 5

GRADE 2 DAVE BEHRENS INSPIRED DETAILED DRAWINGS AT THE CAMBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL ART SHOW

 

As mentioned in previous posts, the Grade 2 children were inspired by the work of Queensland artist Dave Behrens. We looked at his website on the projection screen and even watched a video of him in his workshop.

 

The children were itching to get started after looking at the amazing squiggles, lines and symbols that go together to make Dave Behrens amazing paintings.

 

We started off small with each child decorating a rectangle to add to a whole grade piece of work.

 

They then chose a template to trace from a heart, a circle or a person. Some children found looking at the whole empty shape daunting so they used rulers to break the space up into sections to fill.

 

They were so proud of their work when it was finished and they looked terrific displayed together at the Art Show.

November 19

ART SHOW 2013 GRADE 1 THE COAT DRAWINGS

These photos are of the hall display I did earlier and the drawings mounted and on display at the Cambridge Primary School Art Show.

I read THE COAT by Julie Hunt to the Grade 1 children as part of celebrating the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week in the Art Room. They were mesmerised by the story and the illustrations, by Ron Brooks, are divine. Ron Brooks illustrated The BUNYIP OF BERKLEY”S CREEK as well as lots of other Australian children’s titles. Thhis book went on to deservedlywin Australian Picture Book of the Year 2013!

 

After immersing themselves in the story and having a great discussion about the fabulous illustrations we talked a bit about how fantastic it would be to fly through the sky in a magical coat. The children then drew their own head and neck onto a coat shape I provided them with. They could decorate the coat in any way they liked and they were so excited to add some sequins to it as well! Such a simple thing but they just thought it was so special! I love the picture below with the flying ponytail!

The next step was to cut their coat drawing out very carefully, ensuring they didn’t hack off the head or the feet, and put it aside to start the background. Drawing from a bird’s eye (or a person flying in a magical coat) point of view is tricky when you are in Grade 1.

 We looked at photos and maps and drawings I found on pinterest and google for inspiration, we talked about what they would see if they flew over their house, or the school, or the MCG (the Melbourne Cricket Ground, an iconic Melbourne institution, where footy and cricket are played, and other events held, in our sports mad Capital city, so it was familiar to most of the children) and most of the children seemed to be able to articulate what they would see and what it would look like when they drew it. I love that you look at the back of his headas he is flying in the drawing below!

 I have to admit, when it came to the execution it was really tricky. Some of them started out with a bird’s eye view but then as they found something tricky to draw they would revert to a straight on aspect. Some of them just drew a picture from a straight on, normal view from the start, even if it was very detailed.

But boy, when they GOT IT, wow, they well and truly GOT IT!!!

 

I am so proud of all their attempts as nearly all the children said they thought they were the best drawings they had ever done!

November 17

ART SHOW PHOTOS GRADE 3 STITCHING ON FABRIC

 

Finally, the first lot of photos from the CAMBRIDGE Primary School Art Show!

Most of these photos are from the Art Show. A few are from my original display in the hallway before I had even mounted the work.

Grade 3 Stitching on FABRIC.

  • Created after the children had already learnt and practised running stitch and back stitch on paper.
  • First the children had to come up with a design.
  • They then chose the fabric and thread colours and stitched their design onto hessian fabric using the stitches they had learned.
  • They did not trace their design. They just used their design as a starting point and went for it.
  • Not bad for Grade 3 if I do say so myself!

 

 

November 17

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER ITEM No 10 2013

Firstly, the Principal’s write up about the Art Show in her column in the school newsletter!!!

Congratulations to Shelley Menhennet and Susie Blake for the amazing job they did on the Art Show and leading up to it. Having spent some time at the Art Show, I was overwhelmed by the response from the community who attended the Art Show! It was a magnificent celebration for our community; there was so much positive feedback, and events such as this build our school into a stronger and more united communi-ty. The Art Show was a fabulous reminder of what a very special place Cambridge Primary School is and what very special and amazing people we work with.

Thank you Meenah!

And now for the School newsletter item!

Art Room News
CAMBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL ART SHOW

Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! Thank you to all the wonderful families and friends that came to the Cambridge Primary School Biennial Art Show 2013! It was a huge success. I spoke to parents I have known for years and years and parents who were brand new to the school and everything in between and it was terrific to hear your support and praise for the Visual Arts Program. I especially liked all the “Oohs,” and “Aahs,” as everyone came round the corner and entered into the huge space in the middle!It was fantastic to see all of your smiling faces and especially the faces of all your children, grinning PROUDLY from ear to ear. And the children of Cambridge Primary School should be proud of themselves as their art work looked magical, on display, for everyone to see.

As you have probably already heard the Art Show, as announced at assembly on Monday morning, was a SELL OUT! Ms Cascone bought up so much work for Ms Marchbank that there was way too much for her to decorate her house with, so she sent lots of pieces back to school, and they are SLOWLY being distributed back through the classrooms. If your child has not received their work back yet, don’t panic! Mrs Blake and I have only had around 2000 pieces of work to distribute so it has all taken a bit longer that we thought to send it all home!

Thank you to those families that did buy their child’s art work. We were astounded when the count was done on Monday morning that the art sales alone had raised almost $1000. Most of this money will be used to buy some wooden weaving looms of assorted sizes for the children to use in the Art rooms.

Thank you to the Junior School Councillors for helping out when Mrs Blake and I thought we might not get all the work up in time. Thank you to Ms Mason ( and cute Estelle) and Ms McKenzie who came in to school in their own time to help us with the set up. Thank you to Ms Cascone, Mrs Hardy and Charlotte who came in especially to help us with the pack up. And thank you to Amy and Sarah Blake and Sam, Sebastian and Georgia Menhennet who worked long hours, both at school and at home, to support their exhausted, cranky mothers. It’s hard work being a teacher’s kid some-times!!!

I am really looking forward to the next art show, in two years time, and all the parents who said they would like to help out next time and will join me on the 2015 Art Show Committee. It will be fantastic to have so many willing helpers on board. And this is a picture of what I lloked like when I got home from the Art Show on the Saturday afternoon!

 

 

ART ROOM HELPERS If you would like to help out in the Art room
just come and see me and we will book a time that suits you.
You don’t have to book in for the time that your child is in the
Art room and you don’t need any special skills, just a willingness
to help out, and some time to do it.
It will give you the opportunity to experience one of our
specialist programs up close!

ART ROOM BLOG
Don’t forget the BLOG – New art show photos on the blog soon – only about 1000 photos to go through first!?!?!?!

http://thebackartroomblog.global2.vic.edu.au

 

DONATIONS – Thank you for all the donations that keep arriving at the main art room. We love to reuse and recycle!
We still need –NEWSPAPERS,MAGAZINES

 

CDs (scratched ,not working or just a terrible singer, it doesn’t
really matter as we will be using them for WEAVING
(We have only received three but need many more!!!)

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CLEAN plastic bottle TOPS and LIDS (I’m starting to save them for a big project for next year!)
JUNK OBJECTS FOR PRINTING (keys, buttons, spools, buckles, zips, cogs, screws, kitchen utensils, cutlery, clean sponges,etc, etc) Anything you can think of that would make an interesting impression in paint!
And anything else you can think of that you would like to donate!!!

Thank you!

October 25

ART SHOW IS ON!

Well it’s day 2 of the Cambridge Primary School Biennial Art Show.

Yesterday afternoon was very busy with lots of excited children dragging their parents around to look for their pieces of art.

This morning promises to be even busier with Devonshire teas on offer and lots of grandparents and other relatives visiting with parents and children.

If anyone is in the Hoppers Crossing area and wants to come and have a look at 1500+ pieces of children’s art we are at Cambridge Primary School, Carruthers Drive Hoppers Crossing, in the old gym, from 9.00am-12.00pm

I think I will have a very long snooze when I get home this afternoon and it ‘s all over!

Photos and a full report will be up soon.

October 11

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER ARTICLE NO. 9 2013

ART ROOM NEWS

CAMBRIDGE   PRIMARY SCHOOL ART SHOW

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Yes, it’s almost time for the Cambridge Primary School Art Show.

Can’t you tell by how frazzled I look!?!?!

It will be on Friday 25th of October , 3.30-6.00pm and Saturday the 26th of October 2013, 9.00am – 12.00pm, in the old gym.

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This is a chance for the Cambridge Primary School community to see just how talented and creative these wonderful Cambridge Primary School students are, with over one thousand pieces of art work on display! And I heard a whisper that the Cambridge Primary School Fundraising Committee are going to be selling Devonshire teas for your enjoyment at the Art Show as well – yum yum! I somehow think I’ll need a cup of tea and a scone by the time the Art Show comes around! I look forward to seeing you all there!

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Art room helpers

If you would like to help out in the Art room just come and see me and we will book a time that suits you. You don’t have to book in for the time that your child is in the Art room and you don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to help out, and some time to do it.

It will give you the opportunity to experience one of our specialist programs up close!

Lunchtime boss

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Thank you to Olya and Georgia from 4M who were the Main Art room LUNCHTIME BOSSES during our lunchtime art sessions on Thursdays over the last couple of weeks of term. Thank you for the excellent fulfilment of your duties ladies, and it is very pleasant to see children from Prep to Grade 6 in the Art room together during these lunchtime sessions. If you would like a turn being the Main Art Room LUNCHTIME BOSS on Thursday lunchtimes just come and talk to Mrs Menhennet and I will add your name to the list!

Don’t forget the BLOG

–Have you left a comment on the Back Art Room Blog lately???It’s had a lot of updates over the school holidays. Can you see your work on the Back Art Room Blog???

http://thebackartroomblog.global2.vic.edu.au

DONATIONS

 Thank you for all the donations that keep arriving at the main art room. We love to reuse and recycle! This morning I cut up a pile of paintings from when the grade 2 and 3 children were experimenting with sponges, and now in strips, they will be used by the grade 2 children in their weaving. They look stunning!

At the moment we need –

· NEWSPAPERS

· CDs (scratched ,not working or just a terrible singer, it doesn’t really matter as we will be using them for WEAVING

· CLEAN plastic bottle TOPS and LIDS (I’m starting to save them for a big project for next year –ssshhh!)

· Junk objects for printing (keys, buttons, spools, buckles, zips, cogs, screws, kitchen utensils, cutlery, clean sponges,etc, etc) Anything you can think of that would make an interesting impression in paint!

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And anything else you can think of that you would like to donate!!!

 

Thank you!