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

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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

Makerspace activities in the Library

makerspace-3When my kids were at kindergarten, the most popular corner of the kinder room was the ‘tinkering’ corner. Anyone who had something that could be taken apart (bits of computers, old VCR players etc) would donate it to the kinder, where the kids would spend hours managing screwdrivers, pliers and nuts and bolts (just look at the tiny screws in something like your computer keyboard to know what removing them does for the fine motor skills of a four-year-old!).

For all sorts of reasons, when kids get to school, time for unstructured play and ‘tinkering’ is often reduced. Happily, KPS provides opportunities for kids who like to learn in this way – the Makerspace program and Play for Life are two examples. This week, Ruth Woolven tells us about Makerspace –

For your child, tinkering and making is a powerful and fun form of learning by doing. It provides an opportunity to explore and express creativity. 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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What’s on for the holidays?

I used to take the ‘relaxed’ approach to school holidays – the ‘let’s see where the day takes us’ attitude. And then I discovered that makes for two very long, drawn-out weeks. Now I plan, and the challenge is to find activities that suit everyone and don’t kill the budget.

This September holidays, I’ll be challenging Alex St. Claire’s kids to say “I’m bored!” because she has put together a huge list of all sorts of holiday activities (including lots of freebies) and she’s sharing her ideas with us –

school-holiday-activities-1Every school holidays I love to check out all the events and activities Melbourne has to offer and plan lots of fabulous ways to spend the days. Although, the only planned activity that is guaranteed to be achieved is the obligatory Monday pajama day.

Still it’s good to make plans . . . Continue reading

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