Visual Art

Art 2017

Visual Art 2017


It is always very busy in the art room.  Here is a snapshot of some of the things we have been doing.


Earlier this year children from Year Three to Year Six made either a wire or paper mache figure.  Building the figures required lots of problem solving, patience and sometimes even minor surgery! The papier mache figures required many steps to their completion and the children have only just been able to take them home after finishing painting, varnishing and having them photographed for their portfolios but I’m sure you’ll agree they were worth the effort.  The older children also painted their sculptures in a monochromatic colour scheme and some of the finished pieces were amazing!  There certainly is a lot of talent amongst the children at Bull Creek.


Recently, W4, W5 and W6 have been doing paper weaving and stitching samples and being challenged with threading needles and tying knots.  Children explored stitching lengths and creating pattern and mark making on a new surface.   A highlight for W6 children was having B4 buddies come in to help finish off one of their textiles pieces.


W1, S5 and S6 have been busy making coil pots with terracotta clay and have been excitedly anticipating the pieces going in the kiln so that they can be fired and then later glazed. While they have been waiting for the pots to dry out, a French knitting frenzy has slowly been building amongst S5 and S6 classes.  It has been great seeing different children picking up a new skill and teaching a friend.  Some of the children have even started to coil their lengths of knitting into a new form such as a basket.


B4, B5 and B6 have been exploring different Aboriginal art styles with particular focus on Wandjinas,        X-ray and Raark styles.   Wandjinas are ancestral beings believed to control the weather and these figures and style is unique to the Kimberley region.  X-ray style is characterised by bones and inner organs being visible within the body of the figure or animal and Raark style is characterised by cross hatching and other patterns being used to fill large spaces within the subject.  Both of these styles are most commonly found in the Northern Territory.


The older children have been creating beautiful earthy backgrounds to suggest a rock wall and then  transferring their chosen designs on top using mixed media such as soft pastel, charcoal, ink and even ochre  powders mixed with watered down PVA glue.  Some children have also been layering hand prints over the top to suggest layers of art being built up over time to mimic real rock art.  They look amazing!


On Monday, children from Years Three to Six are eagerly awaiting Noongah textile artist, Sharyn Egan’s visit.  Sharyn will teach us a simple basketry technique used by Aboriginal people. 


Please bring in cuttings of lavender, rosemary or lemongrass if you can spare some so that the children can add some to their baskets.  We are also greatly appreciative of any caregiver’s assistance on the day in what will be a very enjoyable experience.


Mrs Perna


Art Specialist