Kimberly Ann Ritchie, Visual Arts Teacher and Year 11 Homeroom Teacher
Welcome back to Term 3! As always, we have been super busy here in the virtual “art room” and I am still amazed at the creativity of our students during the continuity of the learning program. The students are familiar now with the variations in our programs and have become super flexible when it comes to starting a sculpture in the physical art room and then the next day being online and having to start something new. The challenges that come from being a practical subject and having to jump between face to face and online learning hasn't been easy, but our students have risen to the challenge and still amaze me every day with their ability to keep on creating.
Personally, they inspire me to keep being innovative and creative in an online world and I know that the challenges we are facing now will only benefit them in the future. During this time, encourage your children to take time away from the screens to be creative with whatever materials they have. This being said, if your children don't have any supplies at home I have encouraged them to order some supplies like a simple sketchbook, coloured pencils, pastels or even paint to help them with their classes.
There is no pressure to buy these resources however and students can continue to use the materials they have. If the only item they have is a grey lead pencil and paper we will adapt our lessons to suit each individual student.
This term our students are working on a variety of different programs;
Year 6 are learning about the elements of art which will give them the skills to work towards a Still Life Composition.
Year 7 is exploring the world of marking making and will be completing a series of mark making drawings.
Year 8 are working towards a drawing portfolio and will be completing a series of drawing activities to hone in on their drawing skills.
Year 9/10 are delving into the weird and wonderful world of Pop Art
Year 11 are learning about Post Modernism and working towards their exams
Year 12 are on the home stretch and continuing to work on their major body of works (BOW).
Overall I am yet again excited to see the creative and inspiring work our students will produce and look forward to sharing more of their work with you in the coming weeks.
Year 9 and 10 Visual Interpretation of Music
Last term the year 9 and 10 students were introduced to the artist Wassily Kandinsky, an artist who has a condition known as “synesthesia”. Kandinsky literally saw colours when he heard music, and heard music when he painted. Students were guided and led through a series of mark making activities whilst different genres of music were played to them. They layered paint and pastels, pencils and markers and tried to create patterns and lines that related to the sounds, instruments and beats in each piece of music. For their final assessment, they were required to interpret their own choice of song and create a non representational abstract piece of art. What I am most impressed with is the fact that they managed to complete these at home with limited resources when we went back into our continuity of learning program. Please use your phone to scan the QR code attached to the artwork so you can listen to the song the students chose to create their piece of art.