July 21




(27th July  – 31st July)


Hello to all my Grade 2 students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

This is week 3 of Term 3 2020 and all my Grade 2 students are remote learning at home!


We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning about the English artist David Hockney and his paintings of water and swimming pools!

  • For students to explore the artworks of English artist David Hockney.

  • For students to experiment and explore drawing  their body moving in water.

  • To revise the audio function on my blog post.

  • To read along with Mrs Menhennet as she reads the blog post aloud.


  • I can view and think about the artworks of David Hockney.

  • I can experiment and explore drawing my body moving in water.

  • I can play the audio function  on the blog post and read along with Mrs Menhennet.

Let’s get started!

Last week I asked you to draw yourself swimming in water.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 64

I hope you kept last week’s drawing somewhere nice and safe. You will need to submit last week’s rainbow drawing as evidence of your completion of this unit of work when you submit your Specialists Rich Task.

 Instructions for the Specialists Rich Task will be forwarded to you soon.

We are going to be drawing soon so you will need some paper,


some pencils,

or crayons,

or textas.

Some people call textas, markers.

I am going to give you a little bit of time to organise yourself.

I will just sit here on my blog and wait for you to collect some pencils and textas or crayons and some paper.

The size of the paper or what sort of paper it is doesn’t really matter.

So I will just wait until you are ready……..

Oh, you are ready already! That was so fast! Well done!

Let’s look again at some of those paintings by David Hockney of swimming bodies in water.

All the swimmers in David Hockney’s paintings above have bent knees and bent arms. Bent knees and bent arms will help your body look like it is moving.

Now let’s look at this drawing.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 54

This is a good first try at a drawing of a body swimming in water. I can see that the water is moving the hair around.

What could this artist do to improve their drawing the next time they draw a body swimming in water?


Yes, they could draw the head and the body in PROPORTION. The head in the coloured drawing below is too big for the body, like the swimmer above.


PROPORTION is a fantastic Visual Arts word that means when things in an artwork look the correct size, compared to each other, then they are in proportion.

What else could the artist change in their drawing of the swimming body to make their drawing look more mature?

Yes, the arms and legs are sticking out straight from the body. This body sort of looks like it is floating in the water. If the artist wants to make the body look like it is swimming they will need to put a bend in the knees and the elbows.

The artist above has put a bend in the arms but the drawing would look even better if the legs were bent at the knees as well. I really like how this artist has drawn the head turned to the side in the water.

If you think of the leg and the arm as looking more like a fat  capital letter L in the water then they will look more like they are swimming.

This artist has drawn a side view of the swimmer with lots of movement in the long hair in the water.  The left arm is curved but not bent. Bent arms and perhaps a bend in just one leg would look better.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 25

This clever artist has drawn the swimmer with their face down in the water before they turn their head to breathe.This drawing makes me feel like I am a seagull flying and looking down at the swimmer in the ocean!

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 23

This swimmer has slightly curved legs and arms but bent   arms would have looked better. We can’t see all of the swimmer’s face as their head is slightly turned. The swimmer’s hair is moving in the water.


Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 60


This artist has drawn themselves floating on their back, not swimming.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 18

I can see a straight leg kicking action in the swimmer below. The view of the swimmer’s head is from the side. The curved arms would look better with a pointy elbow in each of them. The short hair is flattened on the head in the water.


Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 42


So this week I would like you to have another go at drawing yourself swimming in water. Have a look at your drawing from last week and try to think of a couple of things you could do to improve your drawing this week.

You can use colour or just grey lead pencil as today we are still practising. It doesn’t really matter as long as your swimming body is nice and large on your paper.

You don’t need to submit your drawing this week.


 You will submit your drawings of your swimming body as evidence of your completion of this unit of work when you submit your Specialists Rich Task.

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet



November 19


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!