Welcome to Coburg North’s newest artists! Students in Foundation will be learning about shape through paper collage, and building their skills in using scissors and other common art tools. Later on in the term, students will be mixing paint both incidentally and purposefully to explore the primary colours and how they can be used to create secondary colours. A continual focus throughout the year will be to encourage students to communicate their own thoughts and ideas through their art, and to talk about it using art-specific language. We look forward to showcasing some of our art with you at home and throughout the school!
Grades 1 and 2
This term the Grade 1’s and 2’s will be focussing on ceramics and drawing. The students will be developing and refining their skills in the area of ceramics by making pinch pots. They will be learning how to use the score, slip, smooth technique when adding features to their work.
In the drawing unit, students will focus on line, colour and shape. The Grade 1’s will be examining the work of Kandinsky to inspire them to create their own artwork, while the Grade 2’s will use various design elements from Miro’s works as a stimulus to create their own art pieces.
Grades 3 and 4
The Grade 3’s and 4’s will be studying drawing and ceramics this term. The students will be learning how to use self-portraits as a means of expressing their ideas, interests and personality to others. The Grade 3’s will be making silhouette self-portraits, using their choice of drawing materials. The Grade 4’s will create self-portraits with a focus on cartooning aspects, such as emphasis and distortion.
In the area of ceramics both year levels will be creating coils pots, with attention on further extending skills in the area. The Grade 3’s will be encouraged to add embellishments to their pots, while the Grade 4’s will be required to experiment with more complex coils.
Grades 5 and 6
This term the Grade 5/6’s will be making a mixed media collage using a range of techniques to create an image of an animal. They will design their own paper, using oil pastel or crayon resists with ink.
The painting unit will focus on further developing the students’ painting skills to help add dimension and realism to their artwork. They will focus on different painting applications to help highlight areas of their chosen subject matter.
This term, students will be exploring three-dimensional paper folding techniques and using them in a range of different art forms, including to reproduce a 3D version of Henri Rousseau’s painting in preparation for the school concert next term. In the second half of the term, students will be introduced to weaving both in paper and textile form. Both of these studies will help students to develop their fine-motor skills and apply their creativity in new ways. Be on the lookout for our giant collaborative woven bicycle wheels we hope to display and brighten up our school space! As always, students are supported to share their ideas and feelings about their own, and others’, art works. We look forward to sharing our learning with you throughout the term! Please make sure you visit our Visual Arts blog to see what we are up to throughout the term.
During Term 2, the Grade 1’s and 2’s will be focussing on painting and collage. For the painting unit, students will be learning different techniques associated with painting, such as creating washes and using wax resists. As part of this unit, students will also be learning basic colour theory by exploring and using warm and cool colours.
In the area of collage, the students will be learning how to cut and tear paper to create their own artwork. They will be examining the ways in which collage can be turned into artwork through the use of decoupage. Students will also be examining the artwork of Matisse and Eric Carle to inspire them to create their own example of these artists’ work.
The Grade 3’s and 4’s will be studying textiles and construction this term. The students will be learning basic stitching techniques to create a doll based on famous traditional Italian literary characters, such as Pinocchio or Strega Nona, using hessian. They will be given the opportunity to add details using additional fabric, sequins, beads and buttons. Students’ will also be exploring how to create a weave, using a weft to create a mixed-media piece to create a tree.
In the area of construction, students will be using sustainable materials, such as plastic bottles, bottle tops, straws and other found materials, to create a wind spinner. Students will be encouraged to use elements of design when creating their wind spinners, by considering what colours and shapes that they will be using in their piece.
This term the Grade 5/6’s will be examining painting and ceramics. In the area of painting, students will be building on the skills that they have learnt last term and create a painting based on a fruit or vegetable that is ready to be harvested.
For ceramics, students will be examining slab building by creating a building that is inspired by Italian landmarks. They will use oxides as a method of ‘colouring’ and ‘aging’ the clay to enhance the appearance of their final piece.
This term, students will be involved in a unit of work developing their portraiture skills. This will culminate in students’ portraits being exhibited in our very own CNPS Young Archies Award (similar to the Archibald Prize)! Our work will be on display in the school hall and the school public will be encouraged to view and vote on a work to be awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ award. Later on in the term we will be investigating printmaking and dyeing, with will include looking at how we can use colour, shape and pattern to make our artworks more effective. As always, students are supported to share their ideas and feelings about their own, and others’, art works. We look forward to sharing our learning with you throughout the term! Please make sure you visit our Visual Arts blog to see what we are up to throughout the term.
During Term 3, the Grade 1’s and 2’s will be focussing on printmaking and textiles. For the printing unit, students will be learning different techniques associated with printmaking, such as using stamps, monoprinting and collagraphs. As part of this unit, students will continue to extend their knowledge of colour theory by learning to use complementary colours when creating their artwork.
In the area of textiles, the students will be learning how to tie knots and use a running stitch. They will create a bookmark and a mixed media piece which will showcase their ability to use stitching. Students will also be examining the artwork of Delaunay and Andy Warhol to inspire their artwork.
The Grade 3’s and 4’s will be studying painting and printmaking this term. The students will be learning basic painting techniques associated with acrylic and watercolour painting. They will be encouraged to explore and examine both mediums and compare how acrylic and watercolour paints differ.
In the area of printmaking, students will be exploring how printing how evolved throughout history. Students will be exposed to monoprinting and collagraph making using different materials.
This term the Grade 5/6’s will be examining drawing and printmaking. In the area of drawing, students will be extending their knowledge of sketching and shading to create depth making items appear three dimensional. Students will be taught the following sketching techniques: cross-hatching, scrumbling and pointillism. They will be exposed to different drawing materials such as pencils, fine liners, charcoal and chalk.
For printing, students will be examining the various ways in which prints can be made. Students will be creating prints using the following techniques; monoprinting, scratch foam printing and stencilling.Term 4Foundation
This term, students will be involved in a unit of work exploring the properties of clay. This will involve students in the ceramics process (building with clay – dry – fire – paint) and will allow them to create several three-dimensional artworks to take home. Now would be a good time to ensure your child has a smock to wear, although there are always spare smocks for children to borrow in the art room. Later on in the term, we will be celebrating Christmas through mixed mediums that focus on shape, colour and texture. As always, students are supported to share their ideas and feelings about their own, and others’, art works. We look forward to sharing our learning with you throughout the term! Please make sure you visit our Visual Arts blog to see what we are up to throughout the term.
During Term 4, the Grade 1s and 2s will be focusing on construction and mixed media. For the construction unit, students will be examining various ways of making puppets. They will be learning how to attach and build puppets by reusing various found materials and utilising different techniques. As part of this unit, students will continue to develop their design and painting skills when finalising details on their cardboard box puppets.
In the area of mixed media, the students will be learning how to use a range of different mediums to create pieces of art. They will consider the suitability of these materials when making their artwork and critically think about what tools, materials and techniques would best convey their intended message.
The Grade 3s and 4s will be studying collage and mixed media this term. The students will be exposed to a range of different materials; such as chalk, pens, paper and crayon. They will be encouraged to critically consider the effects that these materials create and how they can be used to make different pieces of work. In the area of mixed media, students will be exploring how different materials can be used in unique and innovative ways. The Grade 3s will be making dream catchers, using recycled materials, while the Grade 4s will be creating bush toys.
This term the Grade 5/6s will be examining textiles and collage. In preparation for Graduation the Grade 6s will be creating Graduation Bears, using calico, whilst the Grade 5s will be examining sustainability in art, by creating their own creatures using denim jean pockets. During this textile unit, students will also be assessing themselves by using a student generated rubric generated.
During our collage unit the Grade 5 students will work collaboratively to create a Tree of Life; examining colour, line and shape to create their own representation. The Grade 6s will create miniature seed mosaics and work in collaboration to create a larger art piece as the Graduates of 2018. This mosaic will be on display within the school as a legacy of the students’ attendance at Coburg North Primary School. The students will also be exploring how to use technology in art, through the use of cameras and computers.