The various body parts of the mini beasts (body, wings, legs, stingers, pinchers) were made from aluminum wire to make an armature. This armature was covered with tissue paper and cellogel (wall paper paste) – at least three to five layers. The following week when the paste had dried the mini beast body parts were hot glued together. The children then added extra patterning with paint pens.
Abstract Acrylic Painting on Black Paper
As an introduction to the unit of work “Pattern and Abstraction” the students created these artworks using a variety of lines, shapes and colour to construct a painting. They drew with white oil pastels on black paper to create the structure of their composition. They coloured with acrylic paint. The children explored and created their own colours, by using using cool red, magenta, cobalt blue, warm yellow and white. They also learnt about the opaqueness of the this type of paint.
Each Prep class group created a painting inspired by the Australian indigenous artist, Minnie Pwerle. The children looked at how she used lines to create simple shapes; circles, ovals, and rectangles. The interior and exterior of these shapes were filled with repeated straight lines or smaller circles of various colours.
In Term 1, the children learn how Human Movement can be used in artwork. The human form is one of the most interesting and rewarding subjects an artist can draw and yet one of the most difficult. These works were created on iPads using the art app Art Studio. Firstly, the children took photos of themselves or others in an action pose. These photos were imported into the app and a “layer” created over the top of the image. The children drew on this “layer” until they had completed their drawing. The photo is then deleted and their tracing drawing remains. This is work from the first two lessons.
The artist Fernand Léger will be viewed, discussed and used as inspiration, especially his circus and carnival artwork from the 1950’s.
In Term 1, the children learnt how self-portraits can be created digitally on iPads. These works were created using the art app Art Studio. Firstly, the children took photos of themselves. These photos were imported into the app and a “layer” created over the top of the image. The children drew on this “layer” until they had completed their drawing with thin black line. The photo is then deleted and their tracing drawing remains. The process is then repeated with their line drawing imported and a “layer” is added over the top of this image. The children then colour using a range of brushes, paints, pens, and spray effects.
This is work from the first two or three lessons; most are not finished as the children want to keep working on them.