August 8

PAINTED CDs

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I had always wanted to do some sort of outdoor mural and Cambridge Primary School has so many boring blank walls that I had to come up with something.

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question marks

I decided on a CD tree after seeing these trees at inspirational Coburn PS in Melton, Victoria.  Mel and Kate, the incredible art teachers at Coburn PS, invited me over to their school (well, actually, I think I might have invited myself) to have a look at ALL their outdoor murals and they have done plenty of them!

painted CD tree at Coburn Primary School

painted CD tree at Coburn Primary School

They have mosaic murals,

mosaic mural Coburn PS 2014

mosaic mural Coburn PS 2014

clay tile murals,

clay tile mural Coburn Primary School 2014

clay tile mural Coburn Primary School 2014

painted bollards

painted bollards Coburn Primary School 2014

painted bollards Coburn Primary School 2014

and CD trees!

Painted CD tree 2 Coburn Primary School 2014

Painted CD tree 2 Coburn Primary School 2014

They are everywhere and add so much to the atmosphere in their play space. So much better than bare walls!

mosaic mural outdoor Coburn Primary School 2014

mosaic mural outdoor Coburn Primary School 2014

So I decided I would have a go at a CD tree. However, like most things I do, the idea seemed to get bigger and bigger. Which grade level would I do this with? Perhaps the 5s? Or maybe the 4s and the 5s? Well, if I was going to do it with the 4s and the 5s I might as well include the 6s and what about the 3s? So, of course, I am doing it with the whole school!!!!

That’s only 940+ CDs – aaaggghhhhh!!!

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screaming woman

 

So there will definitely be more than one tree. Perhaps it will look a little bit like this? This is a CD tree mural from Reservoir West Primary School created by Max Darby.

painted CD tree mural Reservoir west Primary School

painted CD tree mural Reservoir west Primary School

And hopefully all the CDs will fit as tree foliage on the one wall! We’ll just have to wait and see.

Gabby and Mel, who teach Prep-2 Visual Arts, tackled their CDs and I tackled grades 3-6.

painted CDs 35 2015

painted CDs 35 2015

We used Viponds acrylic paint, which is deliciously bright and glossy, as recommended by Mel and Kate from Coburn Primary School, as it is suitable for outdoor murals and will last on the CDs. I was stunned when I realized that Viponds Paint is actually manufactured in Victoria, in North Coburg to be exact. Not all that far from where I grew up in Brunswick. It always feels good to support Victorian manufacturers! You can get it from Cavalier Art Supplies in Geelong or Zart Art in Box Hill.

Viponds artist acrylic paint

Viponds artist acrylic paint

It really is gorgeous paint and I discussed why we needed to use it with the students and the huge price difference between it and ordinary school acrylic paint. They were all very careful with it and, in fact, the grade 3-6 students used less paint than I actually thought they would.

painted CD 6 2015

painted CD 6 2015

I asked the students to paint a background colour on first, which was very quick with a fat brush. I had eight students fit around one painting table and then place their wet CD onto the painting rack which was now covered in newspaper so the CDs wouldn’t fall through the holes. As this was so quick and easy to do it was easily worked around all our other ongoing activities for each grade level.

painted CD 42 2015

painted CD 42 2015

The following week the students were given back their CD and, as we had done so much pattern work earlier in the year, I asked them to decorate their CD with pattern/s.

painted CD 56 2015

painted CD 56 2015

I was so impressed with the range of finished CDs and know they will look beautiful when the mural is finally put together. That’s job number 4,095,864,345 on my to do list!

painted CD 46 2015

painted CD 46 2015

And the Prep – 2 CDs are just as lovely as the 3 – 6 ones, as well as being strikingly different! I will share some of them when I grab some photos of them from Mel and Gabby.

painted CD 11 2015

painted CD 11 2015

And as for the CDs, I didn’t buy a single one! I just asked the Cambridge Primary School staff and community to clean out their DVD cupboards and their computer desks and send all their DEAD DISKS to me! DEAD being scratched, obsolete, not working, DVDs, CDs, game console disks, start up disks for 5 computers ago, can’t even remember where it came from disks, and we had more than 1000 in no time!

painted CD 1 2015

painted CD 1 2015

So I hope you have enjoyed looking at all these lovely painted CDs and I’ll be happy to share the next instalment of putting the mural together when it happens. I’m sure the students would appreciate it if you left them a comment.

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Shell

 

 

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!