August 12

GRADE PREP WEEK 6 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

 

GRADE PREP WEEK 6 TERM 3

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

17th August 2020 – 21st August 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

 

 

This is week 6 of Term 3 2020 and all my Prep students are remote learning at home!

 

This is week 6 and your Specialists Rich Task is due at the end of this week. If you need the instructions for the Rich Task you can find them on the Week 5 blog post. If you can’t find the Week 5 blog post there is a link to it in the sidebar of the blog in the section called Recent Blog Posts.

Please upload your Rich Task into the correct Dojo or Seesaw folder. You also need to ensure you have submitted any other work for your  Specialist teachers that is evidence of your participation in remote learning, into the correct place.

 The Visual Arts Self Portraits from Week 2 and Week 3 should be in their folders.

If you have already completed your rich task and uploaded all of your Specialist work here is a beautiful story for you to enjoy. It is called BEAUTIFUL OOPS by Barney Saltzberg.

 

 

Barney Saltzberg is a very clever author and illustrator. Here is a video of him talking to some students at school.

 

 

If you enjoyed the story or want to tell me anything else you can always post a comment at the end of this blog post.

If you don’t know how to post a comment I gave you instructions on how to do this last week.

Have fun,

from Mrs Menhennet

Grade Prep Rich Task 2020

 

August 5

GRADE PREP WEEK 5 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

 

GRADE PREP WEEK 5 TERM 3

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

10th August 2020 – 14th August 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

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

 

This is week 5 of Term 3 2020 and all my Prep students are remote learning at home!

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

In week 2 I asked you to draw a self portrait after watching a video.

In week 3 I asked you to draw a monochromatic self portrait after watching another video.

I have made folders on your grade’s Class Dojo  or Seesaw page for you to upload photos of your self portraits for Week 2 and Week 3. These photos are evidence that you have completed this work.

Here are the instructions for the Prep 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 time to complete it. So the Grade Prep Rich Task should be uploaded to your grade’s Class Dojo or Seesaw folder or portfolio by the end of WEEK 6!

For this Prep Specialists Rich Task, you will need to create a self portrait using “stuff” from around your house. 

NO DRAWING!

Label your facial features in English and Italian.

You also need to create an animal face.

NO DRAWING!

Label the facial features of the animal in Italian and English.

Photograph your self portrait and your animal face using your device.

How will you complete this self portrait and animal face without drawing?

thinking emoji

 

What will you use to create this rich task?

 

You will be using things that you already have at home.

 You have lots of CHOICE with how you create your self portrait and animal face.

Perhaps you will create your self portrait with counters or blocks

or  with lego

 

or with stuff from the kitchen cupboard

or cut pieces of paper

or paper plates

or wool or string

or fabric scraps

or playdoh and pasta

or stuff out of the laundry basket

 

or you could use some of these things

or all of these things

or something I haven’t even listed!

You could even use yourself as part of a huge self portrait like this person!

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 or things 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.

 

Now STOP!

Before you start running around your house like a crazy person collecting objects let’s think about this.

I do not want you touching any objects that don’t belong to you without permission.

 

I also want you to know and understand that all good artists clean up after themselves.

So, every single thing that you use in your rich task has to be put away properly and correctly after you have finished photographing it.

I cannot wait to see what you create!

Here is a story for you to enjoy. This is ‘The skin you live in’ by Michael Tyler.

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

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

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 just written and posted a comment on the Back Art Room Blog!

 

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

 

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet

July 29

GRADE PREP WEEK 4 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE PREP WEEK 4 TERM 3

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

3rd August 2020 – 7th August 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

 

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

This is week 4 of Term 3 2020 and all my Prep students are remote learning at home!

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

In week 2 I asked you to draw a self portrait after watching a video.

And last week (week 3) I asked you to draw a monochromatic self portrait after watching another video.

I have made folders on your grade’s Class Dojo  or Seesaw page for you to upload photos of your self portraits for Week 2 and Week 3. These photos are evidence that you have completed this work.

Here are the instructions for the Prep Specialists Rich Task.

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

For this Prep Specialists Rich Task, you will need to create a self portrait using “stuff” from around your house. 

NO DRAWING!

Label your facial features in English and Italian.

You also need to create an animal face.

NO DRAWING!

Label the facial features of the animal in Italian and English.

Photograph your self portrait and your animal face using your device.

How will you complete this self portrait and animal face without drawing?

thinking emoji

 

What will you use to create this rich task?

 

You will be using things that you already have at home.

 You have lots of CHOICE with how you create your self portrait and animal face.

Perhaps you will create your self portrait with counters or blocks

or  with lego

 

or with stuff from the kitchen cupboard

or cut pieces of paper

or paper plates

or wool or string

or fabric scraps

or playdoh and pasta

or stuff out of the laundry basket

 

or you could use some of these things

or all of these things

or something I haven’t even listed!

You could even use yourself as part of a huge self portrait like this person!

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 or things 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.

 

Now STOP!

Before you start running around your house like a crazy person collecting objects let’s think about this.

I do not want you touching any objects that don’t belong to you without permission.

 

I also want you to know and understand that all good artists clean up after themselves.

So, every single thing that you use in your rich task has to be put away properly and correctly after you have finished photographing it.

I cannot wait to see what you create!.

 

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet

 

 

 

 

 

July 21

GRADE PREP WEEK 3 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE PREP WEEK 3

TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

(27th July  – 31st July)

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

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

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

 

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

Last week I asked you to draw a self portrait after watching a video.

I hope you kept last week’s self portrait somewhere nice and safe. You will need to submit last week’s self portrait 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 a new self portrait soon so you will need some paper,

 

some pencils,

or crayons,

or textas.

Some people call textas, markers.

And I would really like it if you had a small mirror so you can look at yourself.

So 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, some paper and, hopefully, a mirror.

If you don’t have a small mirror you can use to look at yourself perhaps you can move yourself to draw on the floor  somewhere in your house, maybe in the bathroom, where there is a big mirror,

so you can use the big mirror to look at yourself.

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 beautiful story 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.

PART 2 READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET

Oh, that was a lovely story called “The Colour of Us”  written and illustrated by Karen Katz.

I thought the illustrations were just gorgeous. Karen Katz is a very clever author and artist. She wrote the story about her daughter Lena and a conversation they had one day when they went out for a walk.

Now I would like you to get your small or big mirror

and have a very good look at your face!

Today you are again going to draw a SELF PORTRAIT but it will be a bit different this time.

Today you are going to draw a MONOCHROMATIC

SELF PORTRAIT.

 

Yes, it’s a very big word – monochromatic.

I want you to say that long word after me – monochromatic.

Let’s try it again – monochromatic.

 

Now I want you to say after me  – monochromatic self portrait.

Well done!

If we break the word up the mono part means one and the chromatic part means colour. So now you are going to watch a video made by a very clever art teacher called Cassie Stephens.

She is going to show you some self portraits painted by artists and then show you how to draw a monochromatic self portrait.

wow

In the video she talks to her students about using a very small piece of paper. You can use whatever size paper you have.

In the video she uses a thin black texta to start her drawing. You can use one if you like but you could also use a black pencil.

Let’s watch the video.

PART 3 READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET.

In the video Cassie decides to do her monochromatic self portrait using green.  These are monochromatic self portraits that were done by some of Cassie’s students.

You don’t have to choose green but whatever colour you choose you need to have several lights and darks of that colour.

I hope you have fun drawing your monochromatic self portrait.

You don’t have to submit your drawing this week. Again, I would like you to keep your drawing nice and safe. You will  then submit this week’s monochromatic self portrait as evidence of your completion of this unit of work when you submit your Specialists Rich Task.

Bye,

Mrs Menhennet

Grade Prep Monochromatic self portraits 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 16

GRADE 2 WEEK 2 TERM 3 2020

GRADE 2 WEEK 2 TERM 3 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

Press pause on the audio file whenever you need to stop.

Hello to all my Grade 2 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 2 students are at home!

This is not the way I usually work with Grade 2 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 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 introduce 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!

David Hockney is an artist who comes from Yorkshire in England in the United Kingdom.

This map shows where Yorkshire is in the United Kingdom.

This map of the world shows where the United kingdom is in relation to Australia.

He was born on the 9th July in 1937. So that means a couple of week’s ago he had his 83rd birthday!

That’s a lot of candles!

This is a photo of David Hockney sitting in a chair and two self portraits.

One of these is from 2003 when he was 67.

One is from 1954 when he was 17.

One is from 1970 when he was 33.

Can you figure out which one is which?

 

I’ll give you some thinking time to see if you can figure it out.

Yes, that’s right! The self portrait of him wearing the red scarf is from when he was 17. He first decided he wanted to be an artist when he was 11.

The photo of him in the chair, dressed so colourfully in a pink checked suit with bright red and green socks, is from when he was 33,

And the self portrait of him painting is from when he was 67.

Well done if you got those correct.

And now David Hockney is 83 years old and he is still painting and creating!

Way back in the 1960s, about 50 years ago, David Hockney travelled to the United States and flew into the airport in sunny California from cold and wintery England.

He was amazed at all the bright blue rectangles he could see out of the plane window as they were coming in to land.

What were those bright blue rectangles he could see?

Yes, swimming pools!

So David Hockney started painting pools, and people swimming, in the bright California sunshine.

This one is called, “A bigger splash”.

This painting always makes me feel like it is an extremely hot day.

The bright blue cloudless sky is almost shimmering in the heat.

 

The paving around the pool would feel hot under my feet and I would hop and skip my way around the pool knowing that the deep blue water would cool my feet down.

 

What is that yellowy rectangle jutting out over the water?

Yes, it is a diving board! What has just happened in this painting?

Someone has walked along the board, bounced a little on the end, and dived into the pool!

All we can see now is the splash flying up into the air.

We can’t see the swimmer at all, as they have already slithered and slipped away, under the surface of the cool blue water.

It’s almost like David Hockney was using his canvas as a photograph to capture that moment of the splash.

And that is what David Hockney discovered there on the side of the pool.

The splashes are always different.

 

The water is always moving.

Lines painted in the pool bend in the water.

There are shadows in the water.

Swimming bodies look different to standing or walking bodies.

 

And swimming bodies make strange, sometimes blurry shapes in the water.

So David Hockney started creating paintings of swimming pools and swimmers and water and nearly every time he painted the water it was different.

He wasn’t afraid to try new ways of doing things and experimented and tried new ways to paint water.

 

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 at this painting again.

This painting is called, “Pool with two figures.”

The man on the side of the pool is looking down at the swimmer. I wonder what he is thinking?

His body is positioned very differently to the swimmer. his arms are flat by his sides.

His back is straight. His neck is bent, his eyes looking down at the water.

Even though we can’t see his eyes we know that is what he is doing.

Now let’s look at the swimmer. Is his body standing straight with arms at the sides?

No! His arms are stretching out in front of his head.

I think he is reaching for the end of the pool. Soon he will feel the smooth tiles under his fingers and he will know he is there.

Will he pull his head up out of the water and look at his friend standing there?


Or will he do a quick flip and tumble over in the water to swim back the other way? Will he surprise his friend standing there watching, and splash him?

I want you to draw a picture of yourself swimming in water but

this is GRADE 2 so I want you using your brain and thinking  hard before you start!

Close your eyes.

Yes, I said close your eyes.

I want you to think…… close your eyes!

.

I want you to think about….. Close your eyes!!!

My SUPER ART TEACHER POWERS are telling me you are peeking and I want you to get drawing, so close your eyes!

I want you to stand nice and tall and straight like the man on the side of the pool.

Are you standing? Arms down by your side and your head slightly bent.

I have just used my SUPER ART TEACHER POWERS and you are now moving in SLOW MOTION.

 

Your head is still bent forward and you start to slowly bend your whole body forward, slowly, slowly and topple into the pool with all your clothes on!

How do you feel?

Get your head up out of the water so you can breathe!

You are no longer moving in slow motion but you are very relaxed  and floating in the water. How do your arms and legs move when you are just floating in the water?

They just sort of blob along with the movement of the water, don’t they? It’s very relaxing as this pool water is warm. So it is a bit like blobbing along in a gigantic warm bath.

Now slowly and gently get yourself into a swimming position. Off you go, swimming in the wonderfully soothing warm water.

What are your arms doing?

How are your legs moving?

How does the water affect your hair? Does your hair move in the water?

You can open your eyes now!

Now you are ready to DRAW!

I want you to draw yourself floating in water.

Sometimes, when my students start drawing they start with a teeny tiny drawing because they are not too sure about what they are doing.

 I don’t want you to draw a teeny tiny picture of yourself. The drawing of the body below is way too small.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 64

 

I want you to draw a great BIG picture of yourself floating in water on whatever sized paper you have!

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 61

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 your body.

Okay, so now we know it is working use your magic finger to draw a very small picture of yourself 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 yourself floating in water  a little bit bigger with your magic finger on your paper.

Now draw yourself really big on your paper with your magic finger.

By practising with your magic finger I hope you will end up drawing yourself nice and large on your paper.

 

You can use lots of colour if you like but even if you just use a pencil for this drawing that will be fine. This is just practice so please don’t be too critical of yourself if you don’t think it is perfect. Please keep your drawing so we can look at it again next week.

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet

Grade 2 Week 2 2020 Swimming in water first drawing.

July 16

GRADE PREP WEEK 2 TERM 3 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

GRADE PREP WEEK 2 TERM 3 2020

Hello to all my Grade PREP 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 Prep students are at home!

This is not the way I usually work with Prep 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 have probably seen me at school. You might even have met me when I have been on Yard Duty or I have visited your classroom.

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

Cambridge Primary School Prep 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  self portraits !

What is a self portrait?

A portrait is a picture of a person.

A SELF portrait is a picture of ??????????

Yes, that’s right – a self portrait is a picture of yourself!

Okay, we are going to be drawing a self portrait soon so you will need some paper,

 

some pencils,

or crayons,

or textas.

Some people call textas, markers.

And I would really like it if you had a small mirror so you can look at yourself.

So 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, some paper and, hopefully, a mirror.

If you don’t have a small mirror you can use to look at yourself perhaps you can move yourself to draw on the floor  somewhere in your house, maybe in the bathroom, where there is a big mirror,

so you can use the big mirror to look at yourself.

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 beautiful story 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 Prep students are!

 

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PART 2 READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET

 

Oh, that was a fun story about all sorts of faces.

Now I would like you to get your small or big mirror

and have a very good look at your face!

Can you see your beautiful eyes?

What colour are they?

Can you see your eyelashes?

Are they light or dark?

Are they short or long?

Are they curly or straight?

Can you see your eyebrows?

Are your eyebrows neat and tidy or crazy and all over the place?

Eyebrows are great for adding expression to your face.

What do your eyebrows do when you make an angry face?

What happens to your eyebrows when you make a surprised face?

Noses come in all shapes and sizes. It’s amazing how different they can be.

 

Mouths can also be very different.

 

Have you got all of your teeth?

Or are some of your teeth missing?

Now it’s time for you to draw your self portrait. I want you to draw a picture of you!

 

Have fun and have a positive attitude about your drawing. We are just practising!

This video made by the brilliant Mrs Hahn from Mini Matisse.blogspot.com will show you what to do.

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET PART 3

I hope you had fun drawing your self portrait.

You don’t have to submit your drawing from this week.

Bye,

Mrs Menhennet

Here are the Prep 2020 self portraits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 14

GRADE 5 WEEK 6 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE 5 WEEK 6 REMOTE LEARNING

Your Famous Artwork recreation is OVERDUE!

It was due on Monday 11th May 2020!

You must submit your artwork or your report for Semester 1 will state NEEDS ATTENTION in the Visual Arts section.

Hello to all my Grade 5 students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

avatar Shelley Menhennet

I can’t believe it is Week 6 of remote learning already!

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of FAMOUS ARTWORK RECREATIONS in ART!

If you are not sure about what you are supposed to do please go here.

Please photograph your artwork and  email it to me at-

shelley.menhennet@education.vic.gov.au

If you have already submitted your artwork this week or last week you can visit ANY of these websites below for Art games, activities and tours.

NGV online tours

NGV digital creatives

NGV kids

Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art Kids activities

Take an online tour at the Louvre, Paris. On this webpage there is even a VR visit of Mona Lisa.

And if you haven’t looked at what the other grade 5 and 6 students have created for their FAMOUS ARTWORK RECREATION yet go here and here and here. You will be amazed!

Have fun!

Mrs Menhennet

May 6

GRADE 6 WEEK 5 REMOTE LEARNING RECREATE FAMOUS ARTWORK 2020

YOUR FAMOUS ART WORK RECREATION IS DUE on MONDAY 11th MAY!

Hello to all my Grade 6 students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

avatar Shelley Menhennet

I can’t believe it is Week 5 of remote learning already!

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of  recreating famous art works!

YOUR FAMOUS ART WORK RECREATION IS DUE on MONDAY 11th MAY!

If you are not sure about what you are supposed to do please go here.

Please photograph your artwork and  email it to me at-

shelley.menhennet@education.vic.gov.au

 

If you have already submitted your artwork  this week you can visit ANY of these websites below for Art games, activities and tours.

NGV online tours

NGV digital creatives

NGV kids

Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art Kids activities

Take an online tour at the Louvre, Paris. On this webpage there is even a VR visit of Mona Lisa.

Have fun!

Mrs Menhennet

Here they are!

Riley 6B rec 2

girl with a pearl earring in lego

Riley 6B girl with a pearl earring recreation in lego

Charlee 6A rec

Imran 6C rec

Justin 6D rec

Denis 6B rec

Aayan 6e

Emme 6D rec

Luna 6E rec 3

Luna 6E rec 2

Luna 6E rec 1

 

Natalie 6D rec

Kareem 6E rec

Yu Ning 6D rec

Aishmeen 6E rec

Bright bright sunlight Zunaira 6C rec

Darragh 6D rec

Elise Paul 6B Recreation

Jimmy 6D rec

Josh 6E rec

mackenzie 6C rec 2

Krishna 6C rec

Riya 6B rec

Ruby 6B 1

Ruby 6B rec

Scarlett 6E rec 1

Steph 6C rec

Khiem 6C

 

Naija 6E rec

Sasha 6E rec

 

nate 6A 1

nate 6A rec

Victoria 6C rec

Tommy 6A rec

Tayla 6D rec

jayani 6A rec

Jayani 6A rec 2

 

Scarlett 6E rec 2

Sithika 6B rec

Anik 6E rec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry 6A rec

Julia 6A rec

Zephyr 6E rec

Kurt 6A rec

Adiya 6B rec

Ayana 6C rec

Boston 6A rec

Chanara 6B rec

Charlotte 6D rec

HARRY 6A REC

Sonia 6A rec

Rhianna 6C rec

Brandon 6B rec

Charlie 6A rec

Maddison 6B rec

Lynk 6B rec

Maddison 6B rec

Kai 6E rec

Archan 6E rec

Sidrah 6A rec

Shreyan 6D rec.jpeg

Senuth 6D rec

Ryan 6D rec

Dylan 6E rec

Tyrell 6A rec

Krishna 6C rec

RANDA 6E rec

Adish 6E rec

Izhar 6E rec

Eugene 6A rec

 

Please leave a comment! My students all love it when you leave comments about their work!

 

July 27

Grade 4 Picasso face paper collage

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I am currently sitting at Aquapulse, the new aquatic centre in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, typing this blog post. My 12 year old daughter Georgie and her friend Natalie are screaming down the giant waterslide as I type! I am sitting high up in the tiered seating area looking ridiculous, all rugged up for winter, with my laptop on my knee, while everyone else is strutting around in their bathersI This is all rather weird but such are the weekend pursuits of a hard working Primary Art Teacher!!! Multi tasking is my middle name!!!

aquapulse waterslide hoppers crossing victoria Australia

aquapulse waterslide hoppers crossing victoria Australia

I don’t know what Pablo Picasso himself would think of these face collages below but I just love them.

pablo Pixcasso Picture

Pablo Picasso Picture

picasso altar boy

picasso altar boy

Picasso Mother

Picasso Mother

 

First of all I showed the grade 4 students a range of portraits created by Pablo Picasso which I had on my Pinterest board, on the projector. I also had several Picasso portrait prints hanging up in the art room. The students happily discussed how interesting they were and how his portrait style had changed over time. Why do you think Pablo Picasso displaced so many facial features in his portraits? How does this make you  feel? What about his use of colour? A portrait is usually a likeness of another person. What does this say about the displacement of the facial features on these portraits? Well done Grade 4s for your fabulous discussions!

Picasso

Picasso

Picasso Dora Maar

Picasso Dora Maar

Picasso

Picasso

We also briefly looked at Weeping Woman as she is very famous in Melbourne as the National Gallery of Victoria owns her and she was stolen from the gallery in 1986. You can read more about that here.

Weeping Woman Picasso National Gallery of Victoria

Weeping Woman Picasso National Gallery of Victoria

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National Galery of Victoria water wall

National Galery of Victoria water wall

Anyway, after looking and discussing I explained to the students that they were going to be creating their own Picasso style collage. In the past I had done this activity with grade 4 and just got them to draw a Picasso-ish face and I had also done this activity using cut out facial features from magazines. Both times before the students had stated that drawing or putting the facial features into the wrong positions was extremely difficult to do.

Zart Art Face Pack Paper

Zart Art Face Pack Paper

This year I had discovered this paper on the Zart Art website and knew it would be perfect for this activity.

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 1

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 2

So the procedure was

  1. Collect A4 cartridge paper from the resource table.
  2. Draw a head and neck on the A4 paper nice and large. (What do we say – FILL THE SPACE!)
  3. Colour the face using oil pastels. Natural skin tones were optional and up to the individual artist.
  4. Select and cut out desired facial features carefully from Zart Art sheets (that had already been trimmed down into quarter of their A3 size – hey, I’m not silly! And don’t massacre twenty seven eyes just to get to the one you want in the middle of the sheet. Cut out carefully and place leftovers from sheet you are cutting back into the EYES plastic pocket so somebody else can use them! Yes, sometimes the instructions have to be this basic to protect the expensive materials!)
  5. How many facial features can you have? How many do you need? Why? “I want more than one mouth because my person talks a lot!” “I need to give my person 5 ears ’cause they always listen to gossip!”
  6. Glue your facial features into their displaced positions.
  7. Is your person bald? What are you going to do about hair?
  8. Cut out your person carefully and mount them on an A4 piece of coloured cover paper.
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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 3

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 6

Most of the grade 4 students are now working on their next collage which is again based on Picasso’s portraits but A3 size, incorporating different types of cardboard to create (hopefully) layered facial features! I will write up a blog post on these when they are done.

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 4

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 19

Well, as already stated, I just love these and hope you do too.

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 23

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 31

Shell

July 19

Grade 4 Foot Zentangles

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As mentioned in my last post, I went a bit crazy with Zentangles at the start of this 2015 school year.

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Grade 4 Foot zentangle 25 2015

These are the foot zentagles – and we shortened the name to footangles – that my grade 4 students did.

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Grade 4 footangle 26 2015

I had done this activity 20 years ago in the art room, way before Zentangles had even been invented, and it always went well.

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Grade 4 footangle 56 2015

The students started with taking off a sock and a shoe and getting a partner to trace around their foot and yes, in between their tickly toes, with a grey lead pencil, on A3 cartridge paper.

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Grade 4 foot zentangle 13 2015

They then had to lift their foot and reposition it with their foot overlapping somewhere.

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Grade 4 foot zentangleangle 8 2015

The tracing was repeated until their arrangement of traced feet looked balanced and enough. Their decision, not mine.

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Grade 4 foot zentangle 11 2015

The partners then reversed positions and did it again so they were both ready to start drawing.

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Grade 4 foot zentangle 5 2015

I suggested they do this with a partner so they would get a decent traced shape of their foot with their full weight on it, rather than leaning back and tracing their own. Plus, it was the start of a new school year so what better way to get to know a classmate better than getting up close and personal with their feet!!!

So after a giggly 20 minutes or so everyone was ready to start in on those patterns.

grade 4 foot zentangle drawing 2015

grade 4 foot zentangle drawing 2015

They had looked at patterns and amazing zentangles the week before and filled in at least 5 spaces on their own pattern ideas sheet of 20 squares that had been glued into their art journal, so they were all set to go.

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Grade 4 footangle 47 2015

These students were also the only year level I had done Zentangles with in 2014 when they produced a name tangle.

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Grade 4 footangle 44 2015

And when they were in Grade 2 we had looked at the brilliant pattern work of Queenland contemporary artist Dave Behrens.

Dave Behrens self portrait

Dave Behrens self portrait

 

Dave Behrens painting the spoken word

Dave Behrens painting the spoken word

Dave Behrens painting Crossroads

Dave Behrens painting Crossroads

So I was confident that the pattern work they did would be good, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Grade 4 foot zentangle 35 2015

So now it was time to forget they were feet at all but just look at their paper as being covered in random, organic shapes, all of which needed to be retraced with a thick black texta and then filled with a different pattern with a black fineliner.They weren’t allowed to repeat a pattern once it had been used.

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Grade 4 foot zentangle 32 2015

When they were finished they then had to fill the background with stripes using warm or cool colours.

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Grade 4 foot zentangle 37 2015

POSITIVES:

  • Students we re so proud of their finished work!
  • stunning pattern work
  • students were so encouraging and enthusiastic when we did our “studio walk” around the classroom to look at everybody else’s work

NEGATIVES:

  • Again I was way too ambitious with what I thought the students would be able to achieve over a few sessions However if they had used A4 paper the completed work wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive as there wouldn’t have been room for as many traced feet so less spaces to fill with pattern?!?!?
  • less children were certain about warm/cool colours than I thought
  • some students struggled to persevere to completion
  • I would definitely get the students to paint the backgrounds next time as coloured pencil or crayon backgrounds just dragged the work out even more. I cannot think why I didn’t get them to do this anyway?!?!?

Thanks for looking and I’m sure the Grade 4 students would love it if you left a comment,

Shell