August 5

GRADE 2 WEEK 5 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

 

GRADE 2 WEEK 5 TERM 3

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

10th August 2020 – 14th August 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

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

 

This is week 5 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.

  • .To revise the instructions for the Specialist Rich Task.

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

  • For students to learn how to write a comment on my blog.

 

  • I can view and think about the artworks of David Hockney by watching 2 short videos.

  • I understand the instructions for the Specialist Rich Task.

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

  • I can write a comment and post it on The Back art Room Blog.

Let’s get started!

In Week 2 I asked you to draw yourself swimming in water.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 64

In week 3 I asked you to draw yourself swimming in water again but I wanted you to try to improve on your drawing from week 2.

 

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 42

There is a folder  for Week 2 and Week 3 on your grade’s Edmodo page for you to upload photos of your drawings  These photos are evidence that you have completed this work.

Here are the  Instructions for the Specialists Rich Task.

If you have already completed your Specialists Rich Task you can skip this bit. On the audio file you can press the fast forward button.

This Rich Task will require some thinking and some organising. You will need lots of time to complete it. So the Grade 2 Rich Task should be uploaded to your grade’s Edmodo folder by the end of WEEK 6!

For this Specialists Rich Task you will  –

CREATE YOURSELF SWIMMING IN WATER.

  • How does the water and the motion of swimming affect your body?

  • How does the water and motion of swimming affect your hair?

  • How will you create the water?

  • Label the body parts of yourself in Italian and English.

  • Find out what the word for water is in Italian.

  • Use digital technologies to enhance your work. You might use a creative app or take photos of your rich task as you create it or make a video explaining how you created your rich task, etc, etc.

  • What will you use to create this artwork?

For the last two weeks you might have used pencils or crayons or textas to PRACTICE drawing yourself swimming in water.

Now, in creating this Rich Task, you need to think about what else you might use to create yourself swimming in water.

thinking emoji

In the past, in the art room, my students have created themselves swimming in water like this.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 1This artwork involved  –

  • Using colourful oil pastels to create their body swimming in water. Don’t forget your bathers!

  • Drawing their swimming body nice and large to fill the space on the paper. (If I wanted you to draw your swimming body really, really small I would tell you to create your art work on a tiny post it note!) DRAW BIG!

  • Using white oil pastel to draw wiggly lines in the water.

  • Using a blue wash of paint (blue paint or blue food dye with water in it) to paint over the white wiggly oil pastel lines.

  • Drawing or painting water is a challenge. The water is always moving. There are reflections in the water. The water moves and distorts the image of whatever is under the water. The water moves and distorts the image it is reflecting.

In this time of remote learning, as artists,  we are not working in the art room.

In this time of remote learning, as artists, we all have to adapt  and change to creating at home.

So you won’t be able to create your body swimming in water in exactly the same way that it has been made before.  And that really doesn’t matter. You will all be brilliantly creative artists at home!

So I am giving you  lots of CHOICE with how you create yourself swimming in water. I also want you to USE MORE THAN ONE ART MATERIAL OR WAY OF CREATING when you are making your rich task.

So perhaps you will draw with oil pastels

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 2

or watercolour pencils

or textas smudged with a wet  brush

or paint with a sponge

or paint with scrunched up newspaper 

will you use watercolour paint

or watered down food colouring

or use play doh

or make your own play doh or salt dough

Salt Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • I cup salt
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup hot water

Method

  1. Add salt and plain flour to a bowl gradually adding hot water. You might not need all the water!
  2. Mix together until a dough forms. Make sure it isn’t sticky.
  3. Leave your salt dough creations to air dry overnight. Then put your salt dough creations in the oven at 120 degrees Celsius for about 3 hours.
  4. When your salt dough creations are cool you can paint them. If you don’t have gloss paint and you want them to look shiny you can paint them with varnish when the paint is dry. If you don’t have any varnish just paint them with PVA glue. This will also make them nice and shiny.

or use a drawing or painting app on your ipad

or cut plain or patterned paper

or tear plain or patterned paper

or use scrap cardboard

or stuff out of the laundry basket

or other stuff

or some of those things

or all of those things

or something I haven’t even listed!

I am giving you lots and lots and lots of choice

in how you create your rich task

I am NOT telling you to go out and buy new art materials to use!

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

You need to THINK about what you already have at HOME and HOW you can use it.

 

Don’t forget to ask permission to pull stuff out of cupboards to use, or to make salt dough, or things like that.

And because this is a rich task you also need to

  • Label the body parts of yourself in Italian and English.

  • Find out what the word for water is in Italian.

  • Use digital technologies to enhance your work. You might use a creative app or take photos of your rich task as you create it or make a video explaining how you created your rich task, etc, etc.

· And, of course, tidy up after you have created!!!

I cannot wait to see your rich tasks inspired by David Hockney’s swimming paintings!

 

Here are two short videos for you to watch about David Hockney and his art.

In the first video the teacher talks about the artwork she wants her students to make. This is similar to the artwork Cambridge Primary School students have created in the past. You DO NOT have to create your Rich Task exactly in this way.

The second video shows some of David Hockney’s beautiful landscapes on show at The Royal Academy in London several years ago.

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

Your VISUAL ARTS TASK FOR WEEK 5 is to write a comment on my blog about the videos.

It is easy to write a comment on my blog. Don’t forget to use capital letters and full stops.

At the end of this blog post you will find a section titled,

LEAVE A COMMENT (or add a comment if nobody else has written one yet!)

Under that is a large box in which you type your comment. It looks like this. You can’t write in this one, Silly. You have to use the box at the bottom of this post.

After you have written your comment there is an anti spam box. The anti spam box is there to prove you are a real person not just a computer bot generating random comments. You need to copy the text from the anti spam box into the other box, just like in the photo below.

 

Then you type your name into the name box. Don’t forget to tell me which grade you are in.

In the next box you type your email address. If you don’t have an email address then you can ask someone from your family if you can use their email address.

Click on the little square at the bottom and you will get an email when I write the reply to your comment.

Finally click on the button that says POST COMMENT and you will have successfully written a comment.

Congratulations.

You have until the end of week 6 to upload your rich task,

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet

July 16

GRADE 1 WEEK 2 TERM 3 2020

GRADE 1 WEEK 2 TERM 3 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

 

Hello to all my Grade 1 students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

hello word in block letters with exaggerated 3D shadows

This is week 2 of Term 3 2020 and all my Grade 1 students are at home!

This is not the way I usually work with Grade 1 students to teach them about Visual Arts but we will be doing this for a few weeks until it is safe to attend school again.

Until then, we will be learning like this – online – using my blog!

You will remember me from our time in the art room together last year.

Yes, it’s me – Mrs Menhennet! Most Cambridge Primary School students that know me, recognise me by my multicoloured hair!!!

Cambridge Primary School students always ask me, “Mrs Menhennet, how come you have all those colours in your hair?”

And I always tell them, “I don’t know. It just grew like that!”

 

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of  colour !

  •  To introduce the order of the colours of the rainbow.

  • To remind students of  the elements needed for a rainbow to occur in the sky.

  • To introduce the audio function on my blog post.

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

  •  I watch and listen to the video song about Roy G Biv.

  • I can create a rainbow scene artwork with the colours of the rainbow in order.

  • I can create a rainbow scene artwork including the elements needed for a rainbow to occur.

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

Let’s get started!

We are going to be drawing a rainbow 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!

So while you were getting ready to draw I found a fantastic song to share with you so let’s watch the video.

If you need to stop the video at anytime you can just press the pause button

and then come back to the story.

Oh, okay, okay, you already knew that! I’m sorry I forgot how clever Cambridge Primary School Grade 1 students are!

 

 

I will not be surprised if you end up watching that song over and over again.

So what was that little elf’s name?

Yes, that’s right! His name is Roy G Biv.

Roy G Biv.

That’s a very unusual name.

Why do you think he is called Roy G Biv?

Oh, you are too clever.

His name is Roy G Biv because the letters of his name are the colours of the rainbow, in order.

R is for red.

O is for orange.

Y is for yellow.

G is for green.

B is for blue.

I is for indigo.

And V is for violet.

So, if you remember the name Roy G Biv you will remember the order of the colours of the rainbow.

wow

Now, as much as I like the video we just watched and I think the song is fantastic, I don’t like the way they show the colour indigo.

On the video indigo looks like a weird sort of pinky purple when indigo is actually a dark, dark, dark purply blue.

I always describe indigo as being the darkest purply blue of the sky in the evening, just before the sky turns black.

It is a much, much darker blue than the navy blue of our school uniforms.

So now you know all about the order of the colours of the rainbow I want you to draw a fantastic picture of a rainbow but

I don’t just want a picture of a rainbow. This is grade 1 so I want you using your brain and think really hard!

What do we need for a rainbow to appear in the sky? Do you know?

Yes, we need rain!

What else do we need?

Yes, we need the sun!

And there is something else we need. What could it be?

We have the sun and the rain but there is something else we need and it’s a little bit tricky!

Have a think!

Yes, you are too clever. We need clouds as well.

If there weren’t any clouds in the sky it wouldn’t be raining so we need clouds in the sky too.

Okay, so when you do your rainbow drawing I expect to see rain, the sun and clouds or there wouldn’t be a rainbow in your drawing. Does that make sense?

And when we are talking about what we need for a rainbow to appear in the sky we are actually doing Science while we are doing Visual Arts! Wow!

So I want to HEAR you say that you know we are doing Science during Visual Arts. So say it after me. “That’s Science in Visual Arts!”

Wait a minute! That was a bit too quiet. Say it after me, “That’s Science in Visual Arts!”

Hmmm, that was still too quiet. You are in your house and I am in my house so you are going to have to shout it for me to hear you so shout it after me, “That’s Science in Visual Arts!!!”

Wow! That was so loud my ears just fell off!

Right I’ve just stuck my ears back on so we can continue.

Before we start drawing I want you to think about the rainbow being shaped like a hump or an arch.

Sometimes, my students, when drawing a rainbow, start with a teeny tiny arch and they find they can’t fit all the colours into their rainbow as it is just too squishy.

Also a teeny, tiny rainbow might just look way too small on your paper so I don’t want you to draw a teeny tiny rainbow.

I want you to draw a great BIG, HUGE, ENORMOUS rainbow on your paper!

So, let’s practice using your magic finger.

Hold up your magic finger!

Wave it around in the air!

Make sure it is switched on!

Let’s test it out. Draw a small circle in the air.

Draw a large square in the air.

Write your name in the air.

Write your name 3 times really fast in the air!

Oh, you are faster than me as my name is soooooo looooong!

Now put your magic finger in the air and draw an arch.

Okay, so now we know it is working use your magic finger to draw a very small arch on your paper. Your magic finger is fantastic to practice drawing with as it draws invisibly and you never have to rub it out!

Now draw an arch  a little bit bigger with your magic finger on your paper.

Now draw a really big arch on your paper with your magic finger.

By practising that arch shape with your magic finger I hope you will end up drawing a nice large rainbow on your paper.

So your drawing needs to include a large rainbow, the sun, rain and clouds. You can even include a little Roy G Biv elf if you want!

But this is grade 1 so that is not all.

I don’t want to see any white paper gaps in your drawing.

Do you remember last year when we were painting and I told you I didn’t want any white paper gaps in your painting? Well this is just like that.

If you draw a really large rainbow, with all it’s colours in order.

And you draw the sun and lots of clouds and rain and Roy G Biv, there shouldn’t be much space left anyway.

But if there is white space left on your paper I want you to think about what you can draw to fill the space so your drawing is complete.

So, let’s make a list of what you need to draw –

  • a really big rainbow with all the colours in order

  • the sun

  • lots of clouds

  • lots of rain

  • an elf called Roy G Biv, if you want

  • no white paper gaps

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet

Here are the grade 1 student rainbows!

 

Reyansh 1G rainbow 2020

Aahil 1G rainbow 2020

Aarushi r 1G ainbow 2020

Reyansh 1G rainbow 2 2020

Bhavreet 1G rainbow 2020

George 1G rain bow 2020

Atmika 1G rainbow scene 2020

Riley 1G rainbow 2020

Dylan 1G rqinbow 2020

Thomas 1G rainbow 2020

Aliya 1G rainbow 2020

Mishca 1G rainbow 2020

Aahil 1G rainbow 2 2020

Enaya 1G rainbow 2020

Zacharry 1G rainbow 2020

Zane 1 F rainbow 2020

Vohan 1F rainbow 2020

Raam 1F rainbow 2020

Saazdeep 1F rainbow 2020

Connor 1F rainbow 2020

Peyton 1 F rainbow 2020

Anjali 1F rainbow 2020

Akhila 1F rainbow 2020

Ashvath 1F rainbow 2020

Hadi 1F rainbow 2020

Logan 1F rainbow 2020

Natalie 1F rainbow 2020

Zain 1F rainbow 2 2020

Aala 1F rainbow 2020

Malakai 1A rasinbow 2020

josh 1D rainbow 2020

Blake 1D rainbow 2020

Josh 1D rainbow 2 2020

Ricky 1D rainbow 2020

Rithul 1D rainbow 2020

Bilal 1D rainbow 2020

Harrison 1D rainbow 2020

Bei Bei 1D rainbow 2020

Jon 1D rainbow 2020

Ruvee 1D rainbow 2020

Navitha 1D rainbow 2020

Lewis 1D rainbow 2020

Kiara 1D rainbow 2020

Aggam 1E rainbow 2020

Ebony 1E rainbow 2020

Aria 1E rainbow 2020

Sam 1E rainbow 2020

Liam 1E rainbow 2020

Oscar 1E rainbow 2020

Flynn 1E rainbow 2020

Aydin 1E rainbow 2020

Austin 1E rainbow 2020

Mason 1E rainbow 2020

April 21

GRADE 5 REMOTE LEARNING VISUAL ARTS GALLERY 2020

Here you will find a gallery of artworks created by Grade 5 students at Cambridge Primary School over the past few weeks.

Face multicoloured hair curved coloured paper strips fringe of small multicoloured paper squares large circular eyes with black irises short straight black eyelashes multicoloured small striped nose wearing bow tie no mouth curious expression

Aaliyah 5D 1 Face with multicoloured hair and nose wearing bowtie

This includes any artworks created over the two weeks of the school holidays when these students were, like most of the rest of us, confined to home.

Manga style drawing male character wearing surgical mask with coronavirus bright green floating around the character

Marko 5B 1 drawing

Aditi 5F 2 Constructed cardboard semi circular cradle for pencil storage decorated to look like a watermelon slice full of pencils and markers laying left and right

Aditi 5F 2 Constructed cardboard semi circular cradle for pencil storage decorated to look like a watermelon slice

It also includes artworks created during Week 1 and 2 of term 2 2020. The Visual Arts task for Week 2 for all grade 3/4/5/6/E students was to think about the many creative ways the students have used their time over the past few weeks and to send me photos of these creative artworks. Perhaps they have been drawing, knitting, painting, making models, crocheting, making jewellery, printing, constructing, cutting, making collages, etc, etc, etc???

grey lead pencil drawing mermaid on a rock in the moonlight

Danielle 5F 1 grey lead pencil drawing

3D freesstanding block capital letter A collaged with multicoloured patterned paper scraps and washi tape

Aaliyah 5D 1 3D block letter A collaged with patterned paper and washi tape

I will continue to update these online galleries on this blog as students send photos of their artworks to me by email.

Lego model of cafe counter with cappuccino machine barista cupcakes and more

Aaliyah 5D 2 Lego model of cafe counter with cappuccino machine barista cupcakes and more

The students will be delighted if you leave a comment or a question about their artwork.

grey lead pencil and bright blue and red marker drawing superhero cartoon Super Cup

Aaliyah 5D 4 Superhero comic Super Cup

Thanks,

Shell Menhennet

Painted sea shell black royal blue maroon covered in silver glitter

Aaliyah 5D 6 Painted sea shell black royal blue maroon covered in silver glitter

grey lead pencil drawing female character on stage with footlights stage lights and confetti flying around

Aaliyah 5D 5 grey lead pencil drawing female character on stage with footlights stage lights and confetti flying around

manga style drawing koala in a tree

Marko 5B 3 drawing

manga style drawing male character wearing peaked cap

Marko 5B 2 drawing

Coloured pencil drawings enhanced stick figure clown with large friendly face bunch of balloons happy girl eating yellow spaghetti from red bowl

Aaliyah 5D 3 Coloured pencil drawing enhanced stick figure clown with large head girl eating spaghetti from a bowl

mango style drawing male character exaggerated sports shoe size on feet

Marko 5B 4 drawing

Drawing multi scooped ice cream cone How is ice cream made? Explanatory text written on the vanilla scoops of ice cream Chocolate strawberry pistachio scoops yellow cone with orange lines to form diamond pattern on cone brown cylindrical wafer yum

Aditi 5F 1 Drawing of multi scooped ice cream cone How is ice cream made?

manga style drawing female character carrying best teacher trophy in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other

Marko 5B 5 drawing

drawing coloured pencil 5 small quirky characters multicoloured apple crazy eyes tonhgue sticking out square minion yellow blue

Aaliyah 5D 3 5 drawing small quirky characters

Drawing manga style character carrying watermelons pink face mask over eyes

Marko 5B 6 drawing

pastel rainbow painted sea shell

Aaliyah 5D 8 pastel painted rainbow sea shell

 

3 folded squares mint green lemon pale pink small drawings over folded part of paper sunbaking tropical fruit on lemon sloth and bunch of balloons floating away on pale pink hello with cute white face for O on mint green

Aaliyah 5D 9 3 folded squares with small drawings on the folded parts of the square

drawing manga style male character moustache balding

Marko 5B 8 drawing

Manga style drawing of male character

Marko 5B 9 drawing

grey lead pencil drawing of a toddler including photo on phone the drawing was copied from

Marko 5B 10grey lead pencil drawing of a toddler

Nathan 5E 1

Ethan 5E 1

Diamond art tiger

Mya 5C 1

Mya 5C 2

Ethan 5E 2

Ethan 5E 3

Mya 5C 3

Thinuli 5E 1

Mikayla 5A 1

Ahmed 5F 1

Neil 5A 1

Neil 5A 2

Mia 5B 1

Hannah Rose 5A 3

Hannah Rose 5A 2

Hannah Rose 5A 1

Mia 5B 2

Kethan 5D 1

Zaina 5A 1

Yethmini 5E

Yethmini 5E image

Hannah Rose 5A cu2

hannah Rose 5A cu1

April 20

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

As the Visual Arts teacher at Cambridge Primary School I have decided to refresh my blog and use it as the space to display the  artworks created by my students during this strange, weird remote learning term 2 of 2020.

I will also provide details, procedures and videos for set tasks for different grade levels on my blog as the weeks of term 2 progress. All my students will be notified of set tasks for Visual Arts via their weekly grid sent out by their classroom teacher.  The entry for Visual Arts on the grid might say go to the Back Art Room Blog and provide a QR code link to take the student to the correct blog post.  Then on the blog I will provide them with the detailed instructions of the task to be completed.

The Visual Arts entry on the grid for Week 2 Term 2 just asked all grade 3/4/5/6/E students to email photos of the artworks they have been working on at home over the past 3 weeks. My email address is

shelley.menhennet@education.vic.gov.au

In the Cambridge Primary School Newsletter I also said that I was more than happy to receive artwork photos via email from the Prep/1/2 students even though I am not teaching them this semester.

And hooray, hooray, several students have already responded! So I will try and get all of their wonderfully individual artworks up on this blog by the end of today so you can admire their creations!

Luckily for me I really enjoy working on my blog, yet rarely fit it in to my usually crazy, busy schedule.

And isn’t that a sad sentence to reflect on! That something I honestly really enjoy doing is almost never done because I am ‘too busy’ to fit it in! I do think that when we all are released from lockdown that we will all consider more what it is that makes us happy and will try to include these activities more in our daily lives.

 

Thanks for reading this post!

April 17

Grade 5 JOURNAL COVERS OLD AND NEW

As mentioned in my previous post I use a scrapbook as an art journal for my students from grades 1-6. Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Every year the students make a new cover for their art journal.Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

In the past I would hand the Grade 5 students an A4 sheet of paper with a grid of boxes already photocopied on it and ask the students to choose a colour and paint each box to show the colour value.Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Once the paint was dry (week 2) they then glued this sheet onto their scrapbook cover and gave their book a large title and  ensured their name and grade was easily readable. Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

I love how creatively these students completed their grade 5 art journal covers using scrap paper, pencils and textas.

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This year I have changed the grade 5 journal cover completely after seeing this gem on Pinterest. This elements of art activity is by Michelle from Tiny Art Room, a wonderful art teacher’s blog. You can check out her step by step instructions by clicking on the link above.Art elements by tiny art room used as inspiration for grade 5 journal cover

It was a terrific way for the students to show me their understanding of the elements of art and decorate their journal cover at the same time!Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Initially I showed the students a scribbly mock up I had done of what a finished cover COULD look like and then I demonstrated the simple ruling up of the different sections. The students DID NOT have to follow my layout though. As long as their cover demonstrated the seven elements of art and had a clearly readable title and their name and grade, they could use whatever layout they came up with.

 

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I then asked one of my magnificent Art Ambassadors to come up with a grade 5 cover for me and Farheen did a fantastic job, in A3 size instead of A4, so it would be easy for the students to see after I clipped it onto the whiteboard. Brilliant! And of course, I forgot to photograph it! 🙁

I’ll update this post with a photo of it when I get back to school as we are on end of Term 1 holidays and won’t go back to school until after Easter. 🙂

I have found that I prefer to use student samples whenever I can. It makes a huuuuuge difference! It doesn’t matter how many times I tell the students that their artwork doesn’t have to look exactly like mine, and I give them plenty of options for choice, about 85% of artworks would look as close to my sample as possible. Always….. doesn’t matter what I say…… always!This is greatly reduced when I show a range of student created samples. This is one of the great benefits of photographing student artworks.

I was also surprised at how many students struggled with ruling up the cover that I demonstrated for them. And I did demonstrate it for them, once altogether and then at every table and then for many individuals that just weren’t getting it. They did not have to use my way of dividing up the A4 piece of paper to fit the elements of art in. They could do it any way they liked but few tried anything else, even though they were struggling to rule it up. They really couldn’t figure out how I ruled up the sections! It was like I was doing some amazing magic trick every time I demonstrated it!!!

wow

These students are in Grade 5 and most of them had NO IDEA how to RULE A STRAIGHT LINE WITH A RULER! They didn’t even have to measure anything, just rule up straight lines diagonally from corner to corner. They actually had no idea how to put pressure on the ruler with the fingers of your hand without the pencil to hold the ruler still! I will use this video next time so I won’t need to be explaining it over and over and over again.

So this says to me that at Grade 5 level they had never done this before! How is that possible? Don’t they have to measure lengths in maths? Or rule up shapes? They certainly did the last time I taught maths and it wasn’t that long ago!

screaming woman

Well, ruler struggles aside, I will definitely be using this cover idea again for grade 5  as the students that persevered and finished their covers did a really fantastic job. These are artworks to be proud of! Thanks for looking and I know the students would love it if you left a comment!

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

March 31

VISUAL ARTS SCHOOL NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTION NO 2 2019

ART ROOM NEWS

OUR WINGS ARE FINISHED

Wings Cambridge Primary School 2019

Have you been in the main hallway lately? Our beautiful wings are finished, made up of all those incredible feathers that the 3/4/5/6 students and staff worked on at the start of the year. Our wings, like Street Artist Kelsey Montague’s, are interactive as there is a gap in the middle of the wings for you to fit and have your photo taken! Don’t forget to bring your device with you when you come in to have a look! I will email some photos to Kelsey Montague so she can see how her street art inspired us!

Wings Cambridge Primary School 2019

Kelsey Montague wings Nashville TennesseeI have started photographing the students standing at the wings, looking as if they belong to them and they are about to fly away!

Please remember that the feathers are made of paper so they should not be touched while you are looking at them. And thanks to Mrs Naushabah Shahzad for helping put the wings together!

Thank you

CONGRATULATIONS NEW ART AMBASSADORS!

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The students have been waiting sooooooooo long for the new Art Ambassadors to be announced as Mrs Menhennet was waiting for the next grade 3-6 assembly to do it. Finally, we had an upper school assembly on Monday afternoon – and Mrs Menhennet wasn’t at school to make the announcement! AAAAGGGGHHHH!

So rather than make the students wait any longer here is the list!

Congratulations to

Dinali 5A                      Brooke 5B                    Steph 5B

Zunaira 5A                   Asees 5B.                    Aleena 5F

Inaaya 5A                    Julia 5B                        Sithika 5F

Chelsea 6A                  Amber 6A                     Rishit 6B

 

New Art Ambassadors need to see Mrs Menhennet to get their badge!

I was truly overwhelmed by the amount of Expressions of Interest that were submitted for these important student leadership positions. I’m just very sorry that I couldn’t give everybody that applied a position.

I went to the MC Escher EXHIBITION at THE NGV!

The MC Escher exhibition at the NGV is a collaboration Japanese design company NENDO.

Nendo did an exceptional job of incorporating Escher’s art style into the overall design of the exhibition. The Escher artworks came from a special museum in Holland.

Art ambassador 2019 Emma

The exhibition includes many of Escher’s artworks from realistic pieces to more geometric mind boggling ones! The exhibition has a fantastic and interesting design and layout that you would never have seen before.

There is an awesome gift shop located at the end of the exhibition. Some of the products there included posters, books, skateboards, drink bottles, magnets, postcards, notebooks and clothing. You will not regret going to the Escher X Nendo exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne – but you need to hurry – it closes on the 7th April!

By Emma Flower 6E CPS Art Ambassador

DONATIONS

Thank you so much for all the donations that enhance our program. Throughout the year I will inform you of items that can be recycled through the art room. In the last week or so we have received:-

  • wool

  • ribbon

  • buttons

  • paint sample cards

  • assorted plastic lids

  • etc, etc, etc

 The art room would really like to receive some magazines to fill up our magazine bin that is used all over the school.

The fabric bins are absolutely full so we don’t need any more fabric until further notice.

reduce reuse recycle

Thank you,

Shelley Menhennet

 

 

March 17

I HAVE MISSED YOU!

I have really missed writing on my blog!

I think about blog posts all the time and all the things i would like to try on my blog and my time just gets eaten and then they don’t happen.

Well, no more! I am going to try to do my blog posts FIRST from now on so they get done. They make me happy, they make my soul sing, so why shouldn’t they come first?!?!

Here I go!

Mr Happy

Well seeing I have realised it is St Patrick’s Day my smiley happy person should probably look like this!

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April 29

MORE ART SHOW 2013 PHOTOS

 

Here are some more photos from the Cambridge Primary School Art Show last year.

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They sort of show how I set the display boards up in what we call the  Old Gym.  This was the first board they saw as they came in the door so was the obvious place to put Welcome to the Cambridge Primary School Art Show. Although it is a bit hard to see in this photo the word welcome is a photocopy of a WELCOME mat, to and the are just printed large in fancy fonts, the diamond shape is our Cambridge Primary School logo and the word show is an image I found on Google images which I enlarged on the photocopier and is sitting in the middle of the R in ART!

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The visitors then turned right as the layout led them down a narrow entry – wide enough for prams, pushers and wheelchairs, of course.

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View looking towards the entry – and yes. this is before we opened or I would have been crushed by the crowd!

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in the photo above you can see a green rectangle. That was a trolley, camouflaged in green hessian, which had a PC with my blog running on it, for anyone to have a look at, before they walked through the Art Show. It was great to see lots of children showing the blog to their families. This is how it was set up below.

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So after walking down that long tunnel the visitors turned left and saw Harmony Day kites  made by  grade 5 and 6 and  Wound and Woven Hearts made by the Preps. These were suspended from a net slung from the climbing frame which was at right angles to the wall, utilising part of the gym structure.

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This is what the visitors saw in the centre of the gym. The climbing frame with the hearts hanging from it is in the top left of this photo.

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I think my son Sam climbed up a ladder to take this shot!

And he then took this shot!

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There were displays on tables.

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As well as the floor.

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And on the right hand side I had a slideshow of more that 1000 photos of children’s work from 2013 projected up onto the gym whiteboard.

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Some of our fantastic helpers sitting right at the entry/exit handing out leaflets and collecting money from sales as all Art work on display was for sale at $2 per piece! You can see some of the lovely Monet bridges and lily ponds behind them.

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I really had no idea as  to how I was going to set up the boards until they got there, as it was the first time I had to organise the Art Show, but it all worked out OK.

I will certainly be hiring more boards next time though as the school numbers are still increasing and I tried to put more than one piece of work up for each child.

My plan for next year is also to have a Committee so the organisational load can be shared and I’ll add in a raffle and some other ideas which were just too difficult to attempt for my first Art Show.

Thanks for looking,

Shell

December 3

HELLO MONOMOY ISLAND!

Wow!

 I just checked the cluster map on this blog – I do this nearly every day – as I love seeing all the magical places my blogviewers come from – and saw that one of my recent visitors was from MONOMOY ISLAND MASSACHUSETTS.

As I had honestly never heard of this place, I looked it up on google, and found it’s Wikipedia listing, stating that it is an uninhabited spit of land that over time has become an island, at the edge of Massachusetts.

So hello to all the seals and seagulls and birds and whatever else lives there and thanks for looking at my blog!!!!!

Or perhaps it was a passing ship????

In that case I suppose I should say Ahoy!

I just love looking at my cluster map! It just makes me happy!

Thanks for reading!

Shell

 

July 23

ART TEACHER BLOG DIRECTORY

I have just added my blog to the ART TEACHERS BLOG DIRECTORY and the list is huge! If you are looking for information on Art Teaching this is probably the place to look!

Have Fun,

Shelley

 

Art Teacher Blog Directory

Art Teacher Blog Directory

Are you looking for new art projects for kids?

I started this art teaching blog directory a few years ago as a way to meet new art education bloggers.  This is a great place to start if you are looking for new ideas for your teaching.

Do you want to join an art teacher blog directory?  Add your link and then copy and paste the whole thing to your blog.  Pretty soon you will be linked up with art teachers from all over the world.

1. Marcia Beckett

2. Greg Percy

3. Mini Matisse

4. Barb’s Students

5. The Teaching Palette

6. Artspiration

7. eleni

8. Mrs. Picasso’s Art Room

9. Trish ackerman

10. Use Your Coloured Pencils

11. Art Makes Kids Smart

12. Draw, Paint, and Cut

13. LeAnne

14. Katie Morris

15. Art on the Move

16. The ART of Education

17. Rachel Motta

18. Tami Smith

19. Waitsfield Elementary Art

20. Fayston Elementary Art

21. Barb’s Thought of the Day

22. Tana

23. Art Teachers Hate Glitter

24. Stuck In The Mud Pottery

25. phyl

26. Lines, Dots and Doodles

27. Mary

28. Kthomas

29. B Art Z- elementary art

30. Artful Artsy Amy

31. Art with Mrs. Smith

32. ARTolazzi

33. Studio-Kids

34. Lori

35. Laura

36. we heart art

37. NancieKay

38. OZKIDZ ARTZ

39. Gallery2404

40. Her Dabbles

41. mary ellen

42. Fine Lines

43. Jen Matott

44. Janie B

45. Jodi

46. Kati Walsh

47. Karen

48. Megan Swartz

49. Patty Palmer

50. TishaLou

51. BeccaRuth

52. Maggie Bandstra

53. School at St. George Place Creation Station

54. Jacquelien Bredenoord

55. Karen Bosch

56. Lisa Winkler

57. Lori K

58. Jeanne Bjork

59. Digital Sojourns

60. GT Art Room

61. artteachergirl

62. Jacqueline Cassidy

63. Roderick Vesper

64. High School Art

65. Ms. I’s Artroom

66. Mme Reddick

67. Natalie

68. DATA Di

69. Nicole D.

70. nicole sisco heller

71. destiny Breault

72. shine brite zamorano

73. Anna Pietrolungo

74. The Dot

75. A Faithful Attempt

76. Artmuse67

77. This Little Blog of Mine

78. stacy spangler

79. jennalee

80. Hannah

81. Aileen Wilson

82. in art class

83. Beth

84. Wilkinson’s Wonderful World of Art

85. My Adventures in Positive Space

86. Beth Hurley

87. claudiaj

88. Visual Thinker/Digital Learner

89. Mr. R.

90. Kat

91. Stacy Lord

92. Janis Rink

93. Tricia’s Teach & Art

94. that artist woman

95. tami

96. Hallie

97. Jennifer Auvermann

98. dolunay

99. Amanda barber

100. Deanna Agresti

101. Artburbia

102. Bethany Forgione

103. Fine Arts Studio

104. The Creative Sanctuary

105. Hayley Ferber

106. SnippetyGibbet

107. Bulletin Boards to Remember

108. Art Alert

109. ARTastic!

110. Molly Stewart

111. Ms. Papanikolaou

112. The Ramblings of a Middle School Art Teacher

113. Primary Colors

114. FACA Art Room

115. Suffield Elementary Art Blog!

116. Keri Pye

117. ronet noe

118. Rebecca Ogden

119. Kids & Glitter

120. Linda (Susie) Rodriguez

121. hegARTy

122. Room For Art

123. Miss Packham’s Palette

124. Outside the Lines

125. Jessica JOhnston

126. Kunstmappe

127. Helen Lindhorst

128. An Art Teacher’s Fairy Teal

129. The Eclectic Illustrator

130. Mrs Craig’s Art Room

131. Chan Bliss

132. Adorably Awesome Artists

133. It’s Elementary Art, Mrs. Holmes!!

134. Mrs. McDonnell

135. Thomas Elementary Art

136. The Art Teacher’s Closet

137. Art for Kiwi Kids

138. Dali’s Moustache

139. I Now Pronounce You Paintings

140. In The Paint

141. What Will We Make Now?

142. Art Tech Education

143. Allison Krook

144. Tonia Gray

145. Tonia Gray

146. Crafty Moira

147. Stephanie

148. ARTechniques

149. Pam

150. Midnight Mona Lisa

151. sharpiewoman

152. My Creative Wish

153. Kieren Dutcher

154. Wanda Laing

155. Mrs. Meggles Art Room

156. Dishing Art

157. Mr. E

158. Yankeetown Art with Mrs. C

159. Clever Feather

160. The Crayon Lab

161. Teaching Art in Alabama

162. Kristin Anson

163. Creative Flamingo

164. Tales from the Travelling Art Teacher

165. Mary C. Nasser Art

166. cathyb

167. Pamela’s Art of Living

168. What’s Up, Jackson Pollock?!

169. Kathleen Arola

170. Art with Miss V

171. More Powerful Beyond Measure

172. Miss Judy’s Art Class

173. Create

174. Picasso’s Basement

175. Art Moments

176. Christy Humpal

177. marcie jan bronstein

178. Elementary Art Rocks

179. Rachel S.

180. Chanteal Alston

181. Darlene Pringle

182. room 9 art

183. Mary Jones

184. Art lessons from a K-8 school in Phoenix

185. PurnimaSampat

186. The Adelphi Project

187. Lee Darter

188. The Art Room

189. k6art.com

190. Erica

191. Morgan J. Norwood

192. stacy

193. The Art Fairy

194. Doodling In My Mind

195. Muddy Rose Pottery

196. JoYcE van der Lely – YoungatArtDownUnder

197. Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists

198. Adam Laughlin

199. Ms. Kristen-Crayon Can

200. Hazel Terry

201. Elwood Primary Art Adventures

202. Laura

203. Mr. MintART

204. Art at Becker Middle School

205. Amy Miller

206. Christy Branham

207. Bea Gilmore

208. Rae Ann Hoehn

209. Vull fer Plàstica

210. Northbridge International School

211. Cooperative Curriculum

212. The Bees Knees Cousin

213. Sarah DeWitt Brooks

214. artisan des arts

215. Chanda Weigel

216. Rainbow Skies And Dragonflies

217. Katie Lewandowski

218. Principles of Heart

219. Sarah

220. Tara

221. Learn to Teach. Teach to Learn.

222. Spot of Color

223. Mrs. Belzer

224. Jen

225. Clara Crosby

226. wendy pierce

227. Mrs. Paul’s Art Room

228. Gail Altschuler

229. Debbie

230. Erin Elizabeth

231. Miss Montoya!

232. Create Art With Me

233. Helen

234. Cathy K

235. Fru billedkunst

236. Taísa Soares

237. Jenni Ward

238. Maria Smith

239. ArtZKiddoZ

240. Fruit Flower Insect – Cynthia Padilla

241. Roze

242. Ms. Todorovich

243. GRich

244. newcityarts

245. Mrs. Macre’s Art Class

246. KNWaggoner

247. smArty

248. jen

249. Ms. Eaton’s Phileonia Artonian

250. Mona Lisa Lives Here

251. The Art of Mann (Horace Mann Elementary, WA)

252. Ilse

253. Griet

254. Elizabeth

255. HELEN ZOTOS

256. Marilena

257. Kristin

258. Jen Impey

259. rhea Knott

260. Rainbows Within Reach

261. neomi

262. Dream Painters

263. ms art

264. Lori, Australia

265. Tracey Smith

266. Sarah

267. Grasping Great Gadgets by Kathryn Barton

268. Robyn Peterson

269. I Now Pronounce U Paintings

270. Zandrea

271. Art Intertwine

272. Que Seurat Seurat

273. Aimee Fresia

274. John Romang

275. VonnieMay

276. Paul Priestley

277. Paperclip Spaceship

278. Foster smART Room

279. michelle east fine art blog

280. Anderson Leitão

281. Tatjana Knudsen

282. Lori @ LorikArt

283. Chris

284. Joy Hellman

285. Jane Gravois

286. gretchen buwalda

287. Martha cecilia Valencia

288. Mrs. Joni Susa

289. Sarah Wegenast

290. The Traveling Art Teacher

291. Paula Guhin

292. elrincóndesenda

293. Colleen Rose

294. Jean Gray Mohs

295. Kim Bryant

296. FruBilledkunst

297. 4LittleArtists

298. Beth Carter

299. CERULEAN

300. Kori Vincent

301. the Warm Tones

302. Mrs. Riedel

303. Art Class with LMJ

304. tonie kristoffersen

305. Native American Art School

306. Art Lesson Launchpad

307. Mark Schmidt

308. DoodlesNYC

309. Designing Fairy — teaching videos

310. Kathy Schmidt

311. PipeCleaners, PaperCuts and Picasso

312. Shelly Pruitt

313. Daun Yorke

314. Andrea Ream Ellwood

315. art is primary OCPS

316. Meri Walker

317. Tabitha

318. creativeind art

319. Crystal

320. Shelley Menhennet