Kimberly Ann Ritchie, Visual Arts Teacher
Year 6, 9 & 10 Spotlight
What a busy and creative start to the year our Visual Arts students have had! The art room is usually buzzing with imaginative energy from our students and there is always a hive of activity happening within the room! The Continuity of Learning program has seen our students working from home instead of the art room, but I am delighted that this has not interfered with their ability to produce some truly unique and beautiful works of art. As our students are now spending a fair bit of time on devices, it is now more important than ever that they take time away from screens and immerse themselves in a creative sphere where they can let their imagination and creativity run free.
The Arts help individuals in a variety of ways, especially during challenging and demanding times. Even though the current pandemic has prevented many from experiencing art and culture in the physical company of others, there are still many ways to continue appreciating the value of such entities. It is the boundless beauty and vast reach of art that is able to unite us, give us a sense of belonging and allow us to be a part of something that is bigger than us all, now more than ever.
Year 9/10 Visual Arts elective
In Term One our Year 9/10 students worked on “Mark Making Portraits” - where they were taught various techniques to create a portrait using correct proportions with a focus on mark making techniques which included: pointillism, text, thumb prints, and sgraffito. The results of each of the student’s work was incredibly beautiful, each one unique, encompassing a variety of mark making techniques.
Year 6 Visual Arts
Before the Movement Control Order was implemented, our Year 6 students were busy learning about the elements of art with an emphasis on line, colour, texture and tone. Although their amazing partially completed Still Life images are still sitting in the art room, they haven’t skipped a beat and are continuing to create a series of drawings and artworks based on these same elements, all from the comforts of their own bedrooms. Our learners have risen to the challenge and have continued to work diligently on their drawing skills from home. As I always remind students, “the more you practice, the better you become”.