Term 3 Art Wrap Up

What a busy term we have had!!!

Pod 1 students have tried using brushes to write Korean characters and seen how hanji paper is made; they also drew the designs on their woodwork bags and did some paper weaving. The Preps also had some extra time in the Art room…drawing, pasting and cutting – the chalk drawing on the concrete proved very exciting.  Both Pod 1 & 2 students have used tissue paper to decorate the lovely Korean masks that EJ brought to school.

Pod 2 students also tried their hands at dry felting before making their amazing penguins, which are on display in the Agora.

Pod 3 students started their free choice projects…drawing, construction, clay models; the variety of art works was amazing. Some of them even turned out well. 🙂

Finally all Pods had a go at yarn bombing in front of their classrooms. The students wound wool around trees, posts and through fences to brighten up the school ground.




The Pod 2 penguins enclosure is pretty much complete. Our penguins are looking fantastic except for a few zombie ones which look freaky. Everytime we add an extra penguin, we have to clean up all the snow (bean bag filling) from the floor.

Thanks to all the people who brought in bottles. If you want to make a penguin of your own, it’s not too hard. Just follow the steps in one of our pictures.

It’s all happening in Woodwork

The Pod 1 students in the Art room were working on a project for Mr Rod the other week. Library bags were decorated with fabric markers & pastels which needed ironing to become colour-fast. (Mr Westaway thinks he’s Iron Man.) Now the Pod 1 students have somewhere to store their woodwork projects.

The Pod 2 trucks are looking great…the one in the photo is an Austin.

Pod 1 Playdoh

Didn’t we have fun today in woodwork? Mr Rod got out the playdoh and we created lots of models.

Check out Declan’s teddy bear and Chris’ spaghetti…

Yarn Bombing with Pod 1

This term, we’ve been doing textiles in most classes. The preps have even made some pom poms.

Today two of the Pod 1 groups started yarn bombing four trees in front of their building. They wound wool and yarn around the trunks and branches. On Thursday the other two groups will finish of the parts they can reach. The trees are already looking quite glamorous.

Pod 2 & 3 projects on display

I love it when we can finally show off the finished work of our students.

Most of Pod 2 have now decorated their lizards/dinosaurs/axolotls/scorpions/spiders etc and they are looking fantastic.

The Ned Kelly buckets are now on display at the Beechworth Bakery – Ballarat and it looks like some of the buckets might even make it to Beechworth itself for their Ned Kelly week in August.

This term we are looking at a focus on textiles for Pods 1 & 2 and I’m trialling a design brief for the Pod 3 students where they can choose individual art activities to work on over the first half of the term. Wish me luck…this could get messy.

Pod 3 and Pod 2 completed models

The pod three boyshave been developing their skills to produce a breakfast trays. They have had to produce housing joints for the corners using a tenon saw  and a router plane and use wood stain and clear gloss finish.some examples of the finished trays follow. 

The Pod two students have been building periscopes with great success and have been very enthusiastic with the finshed product as you will see by the following pictures.

Ned Kelly Bucket Art

Our Pod 3 students have had a history theme in Term 2. So over the past 4 weeks we’ve been using Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series of paintings as inspiration. Nolan created a simple cartoonish image to represent Kelly and this icon has become an instantly recognisable symbol for our most famous bushranger. Using white buckets, supplied from the Beechworth Bakery’s Ballarat store, we spray painted our background colours and painted our own scenes of the Kelly story on one side of the bucket. The other side was painted black with an eyeslot cut out with a renovator tool, to represent Ned’s helmet.

As the artworks are being completed, the buckets are being returned to where they originated – the Beechworth Bakery in Grenville St, Ballarat to go on display. Early next term there should be at least 30 around the walls and shelves of the bakery.