In the Classroom

In the Classroom

18 October 2019

Half-term is here again, and the art studio has been decked in black and bright orange to celebrate Halloween upon our return from the half-term break.

Quilled Paper Cards

Quilled Paper Cards

7 October 2019

For our Grade 8 Entry Point for Community, we made a trip to Hope School, a local school for students with hearing disabilities and downs syndrome, to make connections with other students in the community and together make quilled paper greeting cards in celebration of the upcoming Vietnamese Women’s Day.

Pop Art Studies

Pop Art Studies

27 September 2019

As they learned how Pop artists challenged the art world of the mid-20th century, Grade 8s studied Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings of mass culture objects and Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings mimicking commercial art and printing.

Totem Animal Prints

Totem Animal Prints

20 September 2019

Grade 7s learned fundamentals of the printmaking process as they worked to carve transcriptions of Northwest Coast totem animals into a printing plate. The big idea of communication had renewed importance with regards to technique as students were challenged to thoughtfully and skillfully transfer an image from matrix to paper.

Still life sketches

Still life sketches

30 August 2019

In a series of timed drawing exercises, my Grade 11s worked in charcoal to depict the contours, shapes, forms, and areas of light and dark in simple still life scenes made from a variety of objects, including large seashells, a pair of sandals, an iron and various bottles.

Board Games

Board Games

16 August 2019

Last June, my then-Grade 8s finished their last unit of the year, Responsibility, which we interpreted through applied design and an environmental lens. Students were tasked with designing and developing a board game centred on an environmental theme of their choice, such as environmental ethics, ecology and conservation.

Art Show

Art Show

7 June 2019

As we close out this school year, we’re looking back on what we’ve achieved in Secondary Art in a showcase of our finest examples of artistic study and creative exploration.

Rainbow Serpent

Rainbow Serpent

3 June 2019

My Grade 9s and 10s looked at one of the Dreamtime stories well-known among Australian aboriginal cultures where the immense Rainbow Serpent came up from the ground and created the ridges, mountains, and gorges of the earth.

Vietnamese Landscapes

Vietnamese Landscapes

28 May 2019

An extension of our Grade 6 unit on Risk exploring Fauvism, we backtracked to an important source of Fauvism’s wildly colourful aesthetic, using Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh’s rhythmic brushwork and emotional use of colour to transcribe photos of various Vietnamese landscapes.

Fauvism

Fauvism

27 May 2019

For our Grade 6 unit on Risk, we looked at the risks a loosely allied group of French painters at the beginning of the 20th century took to separate colour from its descriptive, representational purpose and allow it to exist independently on the canvas.

Self-Portraits

Self-Portraits

29 April 2019

For our Grade 7 unit on Courage, we looked at the courage of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo to express herself through her self-portraits. Students then constructed digital collage self-portraits using a photo of themselves along with images sourced from the Internet.

Pop-Up Shop

Pop-Up Shop

25 April 2019

Reinforcing their previous studies on Pop Art, Grade 8 students created original gouache paintings of icons of Vietnamese popular culture. They then considered and practiced a variety of business skills and art-world conventions that practicing artists use to market and sell their work.

Pop-Up Shop Price List

Pop-Up Shop Price List

19 April 2019

Visit our Grade 8 Pop Art Pop-Up Shop for original artworks, prints, and postcards! Grade 8 students will sell framed and unframed original paintings as well as prints and postcards of their artwork outside the canteen from 12:35 to 1:20 pm this coming Wednesday, 24th April, and Thursday, 25th April.

Chalk studies

Chalk studies

26 March 2019

An extension of the Grade 6 project focusing on bee pollination, we made chalk studies of crops that bees pollinate or which grow better around bee-pollinated crops.

Ming Vases

Ming Vases

15 March 2019

Grade 9s and 10s transcribed various designs of Ming vases before sketching their own creative designs for a Ming-style vase. To execute their designs, they scratched into the surface of a paper primed in oil pastel in a technique called sgraffito, using design principles such as rhythm and balance to convey movement or distribute the visual weight in their designs.

Canopic Jars

Canopic Jars

11 March 2019

For our Grade 8 unit on Interpretation, we looked to a great civilization of the ancient world for their ideas on what happens to us after we die. We studied Ancient Egyptian canopic jars, vessels for storing embalmed viscera and constructed a replica in clay, learning and practising basic ceramic techniques in the process.

Bee Collages

Bee Collages

8 March 2019

After researching bee pollination and the consequences of colony collapse disorder, my Grade 6s constructed collages of the various fruits and vegetables that bees pollinate. They composed their designs transcribing Cézanne still life paintings and built their images up using a variety of printed patterns and textures.

Textile Eggs

Textile Eggs

1 February 2019

As we welcome the Lunar New Year and the arrival of spring, I couldn’t think of a better project to showcase than my Grade 9s’ and 10s’ Arts & Crafts-inspired decorative textile eggs. Over several weeks of design development and execution, they produced a series of colourful hand stitched designs celebrating flora, fauna, pattern, colour, and a stream of history in decorative arts.

Cubed Paintings

Cubed Paintings

31 January 2019

In our most recent ‘cubed painting,’ we looked at the relationship between coloured dashes in Paul Signac’s ‘The Port of Saint-Tropez.’ Dicing up the image allowed us to look closer and recreate the composition of coloured patches that interact optically and create a luminous aesthetic typical of Neo-Impressionist art.

Plastic Planet II

Plastic Planet II

21 January 2019

For our IMYC entry point on Consequences, we revisited a project done last year for Earth Day with its focus on plastic pollution. Working on trays from the local markets, Grade 6 students collaged blue and green pieces of plastic waste in the shapes of the world's oceans and landmasses.