The Arts



This term we will be learning about how to sketch. As the children have been working this year, we have noticed that we have some expert drawers and some children who would love to become an expert drawer. This term we will explore was of illustrating in great detail and increasing our skill set.



Dale Chihuly




We are creating sculpture similar to Chihuly using plastic cups, coloured textas and an oven….






Creating Sting Bowls.

Working individually,
1. Create paste solution, PVA glue and a little water to create the right
2. Blow up balloon to desired size (medium/small).
3. Run yarn through the paste and remove excess with ‘scissor fingers’. Paste on
to the balloon.
4. Cover half of the balloon with plenty of yarn.
5. Following day, pierce balloon and remove from centre. Children to take home.
6. Students reflect on feelings and ideas about own artwork and the artwork of
their peers.



This week we are learning how to make friendship bracelets.

You will need 6 pieces of string.

1. Lay them all out on the table in the order you like.

2. Tie the pieces of string together at one end.

3. Separate the 6 string pieces so as the are clearly spaced on the table.

4. Take the piece of string on the far left and begin to tie it to each of the other string pieces. Leave it on the far right side when finished.

5. Now take the next piece of string on the far left and repeat the process.

6. When finished, tie all the pieces of string together at the end of the friendship bracelet.

Making animals and other things out of aluminium baking foil is a wonderful basis for artistic expression, relaxation, team exercises, activities for young people, and simple entertainment. Work with a partner to design an animal and sketch what it will look like and how you will use the foil to create your sculpture.

Here are is an example of how to make a foil horses.

Foil Art

What Can You Do with Just Paper, Scissors, and Glue?
 In this lesson, students use two-dimensional pieces of paper to construct three-dimensional forms and then turn them into buildings or other structures of their choice.
The Basic Cube
To make the cube, each you will need twelve pieces of 2″ x 4″ construction paper. Try to use an assortment of colours.
Fold each paper in half horizontally.
Take four of the folded papers and arrange them with the corners overlapping and with the standing edges on the outside. The form will look like the lid of a box (with an open square in the middle). Glue the four corners together, taking special care to overlap and fit the corners exactly together. Take four more papers and made another “lid” just like the first one.
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Next, take four more folded papers and fit them into the four corners of one of the lids. The form will now look like an upside down table. Glue the pieces on the inside of the lid with the legs pointing straight up.
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Now the tricky part: The “table” should still be upside down, with the legs pointing up. Carefully lower the other lid down to fit over the legs. Holding it all in place, turn the cube over on the table. One side at a time, glue the last legs into place.
After your first cubes are complete, talk about the possibilities of what they could become and then have a go at embellishing your own. You could make bird houses,  dog houses, some combined with a neighbor’s for a collaborative project, make more than one and put them together. Embellishments included roofs, slides, ladders, chimneys, flowers, porches, and back yards.
 cube   cube 2


Building Cubes


Optical meaning “eyes” or “sight” and illusions are “something that appears to exist, but does not.” Magic tricks are a great example of optical illusions.  Optical illusions are like magic for your eyes.

Directions:1. Using pencil, draw two very different pictures on the Image Page, one in each rectangle. The rectangles should be held vertically. Make sure to fill up the space in each box and use images that are nice and big (little details will get lost in this kind of project).

Step 1: Draw two pictures

2. Once the the images are planned out, outline the pencil drawings with marker and colour in with crayon.

Step 2: Colour pictures in

3. When the two images are done, use a ruler and pencil to divide each drawing into four 2.5cm strips from top to bottom. Leave the “1,2,3,4” and “A, B, C, D” marks on each strip for now to help with placement. Take your time and do a nice, neat job–it will help the optical illusion work better if you do a neat job.

Step 3: Cut pictures into 2.5cm strips

4. Cut away the excess portion of the Accordian Page and fold the rectangle on the fold lines like you are folding a paper fan. Fold the 1/2 tabs at the edges so that they lay flat on the table (you’ll be stapling them to another piece of paper later).

Step 4: Prepare Accordian Fold Page

5. Following the letter and numbers written on the Accordian Page, glue the strips of the two pictures you created onto the Accordian Page with a glue stick. Take your time and do a nice, neat job. Once you are done gluing all of the strips to the Accordian Page and you are sure the illusion is works, you can cut off the excess portions of the image strips (the parts labeled with the letters and numbers).

Step 5: Glue strips onto Accordian Page in alternating order
When done, it looks kind of confusing!

6. Staple the Accordian Page onto the Backing Page. Staple through the 1/2 tabs on the left and right side of your project. This will hold your project in the way that you need for the illusion to work. 

Step 6: Staple project to Backing Page

7. Test your illusion out! Tilt your drawing one way and then the other–does your illusion work?

From the left: Fire-breathing Dragon!
From the right: A brave knight!
Step 8: Create a frame

Amaze your friends and family with your Magic Picture!




Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich (September 5, 1774 – May 7, 1840) was a 19th-century German Romantic Landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation.He is best known for his mid-period landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or gothic ruins. His primary interest as an artist was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. 


Here are some of his pieces. Reflect on the way the landscape is represented. Look at the way he has painted the sky. What medium did he use? What mood does the piece create for you? Where do you think this landscape could be seen? How has he created a mood? What could be the story behind the piece?











Here are some images of sunsets and sunrises. Look at the colours and shades. Examine how the colours blend together.



Georges Seurat

Gorges Pierre Seurat was a French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising the technique of painting known as pointillism.

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure colour are applied in patterns to form an image.George Seurat and Paul Signac  developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.


Here are some of his pieces. Reflect on the colours used. The landscape in the artwork and the way that people are represented. Look closely and see if you can identify all of the tiny dots that are used to create an entire scene. What sounds would you hear if you were in this painting? What would you smell if you were in this painting? If you were creating a painting of your room in this style, what colours would you need to use?



Creating landscape watercolours inspired by Seurat on PhotoPeach

The finished watercolours inspired by Seurat on PhotoPeach

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo  (1526 or 1527 – July 11, 1593) was an Italian painter  best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books – that is, he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognizable likeness of the portrait subject.

Here are some of his pieces. Note the elements that he has used to create the features of the portrait. Note the name of the image and think about how this relates to the image itself. Can you see the way the name relates to the features and characteristics of the artwork?

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