Finishing touches are being made to our Totem poles – our papier machie pulp has been added and sculpted and painting has started. we will paint the backgrounds and then add detail with paint pens.
We have started today with a new sculptural material – MIX IT – this material is a very fine papier mache. It is easily mixed and sculpted and can make very detailed artworks.
here are some of the first totem poles showing the students personal symbols in 3d.
I love it when my students learn a new skill – something they have never done before and take it and really make it their own. This is Ghalya
Ghalya started to learn Crochet last year in our lunch time class. She worked on it all holidays, practicing and perfecting her craft. She watched YouTube demonstrations and started again and again… and made these gorgeous tops for her 2 sisters
AMAZING: TECHNOLOGY DEFINITELY AT ITS BEST – WELL DONE GHALYA
This TOPS programme started recently in the ART ROOM includes learning to use our sewing machines and over lockers. our first lesson included making straight seams using the overlocker – and all students completed a small cushion. Here is Monique and Page with a sample
I had the privilege on the weekend to be asked to judge the Trash to Fashion event at Crestwood retirement village in Titirangi.
It was a fun event with staff and family putting on an entertaining show for the old folk.
Here is Almar and Monique Favier – both who helped organise and run this show.
Fashion Design and Construction – is the TOPS running in the Art Room this term.
Students will be learning sewing skills, how to use the plane sewing machines and over lockers. They will learn basic sewing skills and complex skills for upcyling, repairing clothing.
Students also have the opportunity to create a costume for WALK THE LINE – this is a fashion show run by the Auckland YMCA who will be showcasing young designers at NZ Fashion week.
All students cut, sewed, stuffed and completed a cushion on their first day – here is Monique and Page showing a cushion made last friday.
WELCOME to Term 1 2017. I Hope you’ve all had a great holiday and are ready to start being creative. This term we will be investigating Totem Poles. What cultures throughout history created them and why? With our We Are Kelston unit – we will make our own replica, telling our own personal story and we will work together with Design tech and the Chop Shop to make 4 spectacular totem poles to represent our teams to be erected in our by our orchard to create a Peace garden..
Here is Aries Greening with her beautiful Bea she has made in sewing class.
The Glen Eden Business Association have acknowledged our students who have done the yarn bombing in Glen Mall. They have praised our group for their enthusiasm to learn a new skill, their dedication in helping others in the community by teaching them in the library holiday program and their participation in the Yarn Bombing event recently.
This stunning artwork was created by Alafati from our Deaf Unit. Alafati is from Tanzania and his artwork combines images of his culture, his flag and an animal from his country. See if you can find those things and the meaning Alafati intended you to see in this image.
Our students have been part of the YARN BOMBING EVENT in Glen Eden recently. See our tree just out the front of the Hammer Hardware shop.
Our first INK AND WATERCOLOUR designs completed
This week we are learning the correct techniques necessary to use ink pens and watercolour pencils. The skills learnt here will be used to create an amazing design with a hidden message – to align with our ‘Forensic’ term theme
Kelifest was a great day for all – our Tops Sewing Group sold teddies, hot water bottles, cards, painted shoes, table tennis bats, hair scrunchies……
Here’s a happy customer –
lookout for these cute teddies for sale at the KELIFEST on friday – made by our sewing group last term.
Last week a group of students went up to Kelston Girls College to be a part of a workshop provided by Te Uru Art Gallery.
The workshop was being run in conjunction with their Art Exhibition and Sale.
The students created designs around the migration of pacific people to New Zealand, they then carved their designs into a clay tile and created a patterned card for it to be placed on. See pictures below
Printing has been in full swing this last week, students have designed, carved and printed their wood blocks.
Our Bollywood Group performed on Saturday at the Vodafone Events Center in Manukau. It was an exciting evening, with some amazing performances.
Thanks to Mrs Patel we got some great new uniforms. Our students represented our school proudly and were awesome on stage.
We are continuing on with Woodblock printing again this term. Our theme is based on the Celebrations of the world. Students will research, design, and create their own images, learning the techniques necessary they well transfer their designs onto an A4 woodblock and carve and print.
Recently in the art room students made bracelets from a variety of materials tools and equipment.
During the holidays our students from the Crochet/Sewing Tops programme in term 2 – spent some time teaching the public to make pompoms and do crochet in the Glen Eden Library as part of their YARN BOMBING EVENT – which will take place later in the year.
They were employed by the Glen Eden Business Manager: Jennefer Conlon and were paid for their time. It was a great event with lots of kids coming to learn how to do these traditional NZ crafts.
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Take a look at all the exciting things we are doing currently in the Visual Arts Room
Our first round of Gate programmes has just finished – have a look at the wonderful interpretations of Matariki made by our Kelston Primary year 5/6 students. these works have been made with ink and water colour pastels.
We have started Term 2 with some COLOUR THEORY : here is Group 5b6b reciting the colour groups in sign language.
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The last week in the art room was a whirlwind of ink, rolling, printing, re-carving, inking and printing again, coloured paper, t-shirts, evaluation our artwork, assessing and final marks for the term. Here are some of the students hard at work:
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On Friday Madina and I went to visit the Kelston Community Hub and presented her beautiful artwork she had made for them.
whilst there we sat in on the meeting of the Kelston Creative group. They were discussing lots of new initiatives to make more creative opportunities for the people of Kelston. Whanau Days, fun events, workshops, murals, beautifying Kelston. There were lots of ideas and the group were discussing how they could make them happen.
We will listen out for the results of this meeting and hope our school can participate in some of the exciting activities.
FASHION DESIGN is our TOPS for this term. Unfortunately the Schools Trash to Fashion Show has come to an end due to a change in council funding. However, we will be studying fashion, garment construction, pattern making and following, altering and up-cycling clothing, and finally wearing our garments in front of an audience. We also have two public shows we can enter: Brother Design Stars – this is a sewing competition, and Cult Couture – as part of the Southside Arts Festival – our students can make costumes to compete for some prizes in the school section.
We have some great crochet students this year and we will start making items for the end of year market
We are currently carving our blocks and the first prints are coming out of the press:
This week we have been developing our ideas to create interesting designs for our Wood Cut Prints. We have been analyzing the symbols of a variety of different cultures. Where, why and how they were created, and what information they are communicating. Then we developed our own symbols with our own personal meanings.
Take a look at these different cultural symbols and see if you can guess what there meanings are:
PACIFIC ISLAND SYMBOLS
ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN SYMBOLS:
In the Visual Arts we encourage students to develop their creative ideas. Using the inquiry and critical thinking processes they will develop an understanding of visual language through a study of artist’s works. Students will have the opportunity to use a wide variety of tools, equipment and media to create unique and original artworks.
This year we will be doing a combination of 2D printing and 3D clay works of art.
This term we will be studying the beautiful wood block prints of Michel Tuffery. Learning the techniques necessary for printmaking and the appropriate use of tools and specialized equipment. Under the school theme of: We Are Kelston we will design and develop symbols with personal meaning and create beautiful prints.