A visit to the NGV

Thank you to Anastasia, Riley, Arya and Anja for their reports on the Year 5 excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria.

On the 29th of May, all the grade fives went to the NGV to check out Frontier Wars, which was a self-guided tour. In Frontier Wars, we looked at a lot of the traditional aboriginal artworks. We discussed the meaning of each piece of art.

After the self-guided tour in the NGV an expert took us on a tour around a timeline exhibit. The timeline went from when the Aboriginals peacefully lived in Australia for 50,000 years, until 1856 when the State Library opened, which was the first public and free library – the only condition was that you had to be eighteen or over and they had to see your hands to make sure they weren’t dirty. Continue reading

Clay, Cubism and Collage

When Shelley Ware sent me this week’s blog post I was amazed by all the photos of the beautiful artwork. But truly, the photos don’t do the work justice! Head to school pick-up a few minutes early one day and take a walk down the corridors to see all of these amazing pieces up close.

What a creative fun start to the Art year we have had at Kew Primary School. We started off with all of the classes completing a Collaborative Circle painting on calico. They are an amazing 1m x 2m in length and all are collaborative masterpieces. You will see them hanging proudly in and outside of the classrooms throughout the school. There is also one hanging in the art room that every student in the school was asked to paint on. It’s beautiful so please feel free to come into the art room and have a look anytime. Continue reading

Blooming Talent in the Art Room

Thank you to Michaela Strelec for this week’s post on the art program –

The beautiful thing about art is how diverse and far-reaching its effects are.
During Term 4, students have worked with a variety of materials and tools.
In the first three to four weeks of the term, students were continually refining the essential building blocks of drawing. They learnt a variety of drawing techniques (hatching, cross-hatching, contour lines, stippling, blending and rendering), dependent on year level. Continue reading

Mindfulness Stones

Is it too early in the year to declare my favourite school project for 2017? Because this is it. Kerry Lomas tells us more –

We live in a fast paced world and there is an enormous need for children to develop the skills they require to cope with these changes and the speed at which they are happening. This includes learning how to manage attention and developing skills in stress management, compassion and resilience. This was a strong focus in Kick Start Kew this year. Continue reading

Term Two in the Art Room

Thank you to Kerry Lomas for this week’s post about some of the wonderful work being produced in the art room. Kerry’s opening paragraph (skip ahead and read it!) reminded me of my own art teacher in primary school. Her name was Belinda, she wore denim overalls which, to my six-year-old mind seemed perfect for an artist, and she had wild, curly blonde hair that she secured in a bun with a pencil or paintbrush. At the time, I was vaguely aware that art was not my strength (based on the fact that I couldn’t draw a horse very well, compared to my best friend who always managed to get the horse’s neck right and the legs looking like they were galloping, as opposed to my efforts which resulted in a giraffe-horse-hybrid with legs sticking out at all angles). But none of that mattered when I entered the art room – Belinda’s enthusiasm for mixing colours, molding clay, potato printing and weaving transformed me. 

About ten years ago, when my kids were quite little, I was pushing a pram up Wellington Street, past Trinity when I spotted a woman with wild, curly blonde hair, herding a class to their next lesson. It was Belinda. I introduced myself and thanked her for the happy hours spent in her art room all those years ago. She was still an art teacher and she still loved her job, although the denim overalls and the paintbrush in the hair were gone.

Over to Kerry

art-room-1I often tell students I have the best job in the world as I get to do what I love everyday, which is to create and encourage others to create. Helping students challenge themselves brings me much joy and also provides me with inspiration for my own artwork. Watching children create reminds me to not always be burdened with information on colour theory, artistic movements and technique. Rather, it encourages me to draw, paint and colour with the wild and beautiful abandon I witness in the Kew Primary Art Room daily. Continue reading

Look up, it’s our beloved Peppercorn tree

This week’s blog is written by Bonnie Savage who was a student at KPS from 1991 to 1994. After graduating from KPS she went onto Loreto Mandeville Hall and is now working as a freelance photographer here in Melbourne. She photographs a range of subjects from food for cookbooks to portraits for advertisements or magazines.

KPS_Bonnie3Most of you picking up and dropping of your kids at school each day probably don’t look up and admire or even notice the wind vane on top of the pavilion shelter.

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The highly anticipated ceramics units!

clay-5Art teacher Kerry Lomas shares the excitement of working with clay –

The success of SPLASH in 2014 has resulted in much excitement, anticipation and messy hands in the Art room this year thanks to the purchase of a new kiln. The countless hours volunteers spent organizing the SPLASH event has clearly paid off as the students are enjoying using clay for the first time in many years. For some students, it has been their first experience molding and constructing out of clay. It has been such a valuable learning experience and they eagerly await their next clay unit! Continue reading

Pushing the boundaries

sara-catena-workshop-1We’re just days away from Splash and the excitement is mounting. Aside from the three-day art show, Splash has driven other artistic activities within the school. This week, Claire Bowers from the Splash organising committee tells us about artist Sara Catena’s second visit with grade fives. Continue reading

It’s the Kewriosity Show!

There’s been one particular school activity this year that my kids have been busting to tell me about (all four of them, every week) – Kewriosity.

Kewriosity gave kids in each year level an opportunity to learn about all sorts of new things from how to knit and build a robot to busting myths and making animated films. Weeks of Kewriosity activity culminated in the Kewriosity Showcase and Alex St. Claire was there to see all the wonderful projects that have been keeping our kids so busy.

While an event ending in tears doesn’t usually tell a joyful tale, the story of the Kewriosity Showcase does indeed have a happy ending.

It was the ill-fated French Queen Marie Antoinette who prompted tears when Isabelle (Prep) discovered her tiny doll frame ensconced on a guillotine to represent her demise during the French Revolution. Why anyone would kill a beautiful golden-haired queen whose only crime was marrying whom she was told and possibly possessing a penchant for cake?

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But this depth of feeling has led to lots of heartfelt discussion and that is what makes great learning experiences.

In fact, we had lots of at-home discussions around the Kewriosity showcase. Continue reading

Artist Sara Catena makes a Splash with Grade Fives

L to R: Rafaella, Xavier, Chelsea, Sara Catena, Taylor, Brandon, Johbert Image by Bethanie Clarke, Pink Images

L to R: Rafaella, Xavier, Chelsea, Sara Catena, Taylor, Brandon, Johbert
Image by Bethanie Clarke, Pink Images

We’ve always been a creative bunch at Kew Primary but things are about to ramp up! KPS’s first annual art show, Splash, is fast-approaching and over the next few months expect art, art, art to be the topic of conversation and activity. This week, Claire Bowers from the Splash organising committee tells us about artist Sara Catena’s visit with grade fives.
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