Visual Art at APPS
Here are some wonderful examples of how our students have worked with clay, threads, paint and pastel this semester. Self-portraits with vivid expressionist colours, birds in flight that have been intricately crafted with clay and animals (inspired by the Tjanpi weavers) made using colourful wool and raffia.
Semester 2 2019
Our kiln is working beautifully and all of the students are enjoying developing the skills required to build and sculpt using clay. Grade 6 will be designing and building props for their school production later this term. Grade 5 are continuing to rotate though art stations and are enjoying the opportunity to choose topics and materials that have a meaningful appeal. Some students have decided to repeat a task after reflecting on the finished artwork and feeling the need to explore the technique or topic further. Grade 6 will be working on a collaborative artwork for Gasworks Art Park From Nature exhibition in November. The students will nominate a poignant topic and collaboratively develop ideas to communicate their message through sculpture. Some levels will be exploring The Kindness Project as a theme for their art making and will be thinking about how to communicate kindness through images. We have some exciting art excursions coming up. The Melbourne Tapestry Workshop has invited a group of students to participate in an exciting workshop combining music and art. Later this semester, there will be a visit to the NGV for grade 3 to 6 to discuss, explore and make artwork.
Outcomes of Visual Art
In Art sessions we communicate with images instead of words. For most students, this is a welcome change but also presents a challenge. Expressing an idea or conveying a message without resorting to talking or writing requires some lateral thinking. Our Visual Arts program encourages art making as well as exploring art from other artists and cultures. Understanding why other people have made art helps students to appreciate why it is vital to our wellbeing.
Interpreting other artists’ work can often require some careful investigation and discussion. Students discover ways to interpret the messages hidden inside paintings, sculptures or installations and are encouraged to look carefully for the clues that each artist has left. As we explore the work, the students develop a greater appreciation for Art and the artist. Discovering how other artists have approached similar problems helps to broaden our own ideas. How did JMW Turner make the sea look so wild? Why do Andy Warhol’s prints stand out? What is the meaning of all those patterns in indigenous paintings?
From Prep, students are encouraged to use their imagination and experiences to make artworks. By Level 1 and 2 students begin to observe what is happening around them and can communicate a wider range of experiences through their artwork. In Level 3 and 4 we look to other cultures and artists to broaden the range of techniques and understand what motivates others to make art. By Level 5 and 6, students are encouraged to make their own choices about which materials to use to best express their ideas. As well as fulfilling the need to play, build and create, in Art, students also develop drawing skills, critical and creative thinking skills and fine motor skills.
Artwork for Reconciliation Week Assembly May 2018
These puppets were made expecially to complement the celebration song -Boon Wurrung Totem Song - as part of Reconciliation Week, May 2018. Bunjil and the animals were made collaboratively by grade 4 and 5 students and proudly paraded at this assembly. A video of the parade follows the photos.
Watch the video - IMG_2704.MOV