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John Colet School Creative Arts


Extension art classes at JCS for 3rd and 4th class students

Gifted and Talented, Enrichment Extension Art Course: Drawing

A five week Drawing Class

From Friday 6th March until Monday 30th March, during lunch time
Every Friday for four weeks concluding the last class on Monday the 30th March
Limit 10 children
Open to all children in 3rd and 4th classes.
Interested children will be interviewed by Mrs Gadsby to assess their level of commitment. Children will need to attend for the all the five classes.
Topics covered
*Looking at line
*Negative and Positive shape
*Drawing solid forms
Later in the year Extension classes will be offered to Infants and to the Senior classes
Parents please apply through the child’s class teacher
Only requirement is the interest of the child.

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6th class prepares for Gallipoli Art Award

John Colet School 6th class students have been working on small canvas painting, pictured below, in preparation for their BIG canvas Gallipoli Art Entry.

Each year our 6th class submits an entry into the Gallipoli Art Awards, this year in their 10th year. 

So far we have always managed to get hung as a finalist, so fingers crossed for this year too!

Click here to view the gallery of last year's finalists

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Razzle dazzle ships inspire 5th class

Razzle dazzle camourflage was a type ship camouflage used extensively in World War 1.  It consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Unlike some other forms of camouflage, dazzle works by making it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed and heading, rather than by providing concealment.  Credited to artist Norman Wilkinson, though with a prior claim by the zoologist John Graham Kerr, Wilkinson explained in 1919 that dazzle was intended more to mislead the enemy as to the correct position to take up than actually to miss his shot when firing.

5th class students have been drawing their own dazzling ship patterns in art this week, while also learning about this interesting aspect of WW1 history.

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Drawing Shakespeare and decorating a cake in his honour

A BIG birthday cake is being created in honour of his 450th Birthday

This week in art lessons, each student is decorating a small section on nine large slab cakes, which wiill be fitted together to form a HUGE cake portrait of Shakespeare. 

It's tricky!  Especially getting the scale right on the rectangular cakes.  And we won't really know how it will look until all the cakes are put together on Monday morning at recess.

The art lessons are also an opportunity to practise portrait drawing, and the pictures below show how well the students' skills develop by the time they reach Year 5.

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6th class design mural at John Colet School

Stepping through a keyhole - a gift from 6th class 2014

"Step through the keyhole into the world of Shakespeare" is a major art project by 6th class students 2014, in celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

The subject matter and finished product was conceived by and designed by the students.  Mural artist Roger Robinson painted the panels.  The artwork depicts characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

In this process the children learnt about site specific installations, they considered the vision of the school's architect and carefully viewed the site.  With this in mind they came up with different concepts and 'stepping through a keyhole into the world of Shakespeare' evolved. All the children designed a panel and Roger Robinson chose the panels to be painted.

6th class parents have gifted the panels to the school in gratitude to the school and to Mrs Dunn.

Annette GadsbyArt Teacher


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Happy 450th Birthday Shakespeare!

John Colet School students write about their love of The Bard.

Mr William Shakespeare
Ann Hathaway Cottage

22August 2014

Dear Mr Shakespeare,
I am writing to wish you a very happy 450th birthday Mr Shakespeare!
Thanks to you, every year at my school we have an awesome annual Shakespeare Festival. This year my class is doing the cool play “Much Ado About Nothing”. I’m playing Benedick and I have 28 lines, which is much more than I had last year! The play stops at the scene where Benedick and Beatrice fall in love.
Thanks for putting 1700 useful words into my life. Some of the ones I use are “unreal”, “mimic” and “skim milk”. Without all these words it would be much harder to speak fluently and the world wouldn’t be as interesting.
I wonder how hard it must have been to invent all these useful words, be an actor and write down all these long plays. I like inventing things too. I invent games to play on the computer and board games. I also like writing, but I write stories, not long plays. In the last school holidays I wrote a story about my favourite game, Minecraft, and the adventures of some boys in the game.
I read that you have a son called Hamlet; did you name the play after him? If so, he must think that is way cool.  My favourite play from you is “Macbeth” because it has lots of gore, fighting and betrayal. What was your favourite?
Please come to our awesome Shakespeare festival it will be so funny and I have so many more questions to ask you!  Enjoy your 450th birthday!

Yours sincerely,
Nathan C

John Colet Belrose
20th August 2014

Dear William Shakespeare,
Thank you for all the wonderful plays you wrote. My favourite play was ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, by the way happy birthday! Are you doing anything special on your birthday? If you were in Australia you would love to see us perform.
I’d like to know what your favourite play is? The plays I have been in are ‘The Tempest’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Speak The Speech’.
Your plays are performed all round the world. In ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ I played Antonio and Ursula. In ‘The Tempest’ I was Miranda. In ‘Speak The Speech’ I was a witch.
What I have learnt from you is to project my voice. A question I would like to ask you is how many plays have you written because I don’t know.
I hope you are well.
Love from,

Dear Mr Shakespeare,
I am writing to you about three things.  Firstly, I am wishing you a happy 450th birthday.  Did you know that you are still famous even though you are 450 years old?  People all over the world act out your plays because they’re so famous.
Next,  thank you for all your wonderful plays.  In previous years I have done Macbeth, The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale and I am now in The Comedy of Errors.
My favourite, favourite character so far has been Antipholus of Ephesus from The Comedy of Errors because he has the most lines in the play.  My favourite part of Shakespeare is saying my lines in front of the audience.  It makes me really nervous but when I come off the stage I feel like I can run 10 marathons!
Finally, I am thanking you for the 1700 words you introduced to the English language.  My favourite one is ‘dawn’ because what else would you call the start of the day?
I hope you appreciate what I have said. 

Yours sincerely,
Michael T



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My Place, My Story

My Place, My Story.  Third class painting based on the work of artist and writer Elaine Russell.

The students loved working at easles!

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White rabbits in art

From our junior blogger, Anna W

In art we are drawing Alice in Wonderland for the gala dinner.  I have drawn Alice and the White Rabbit.  Georgie - a school Mum - has bought an apron for it.  My rabbit isn't finished yet.

Here are some pictures of our art on the apron.

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Year 3 design their characters

Third Class I are just starting the process of preparing for their Shakespeare Festival. They are doing The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare's shortest, most farcical comedies, with most of the humour coming from slapstick, mistaken identity, puns and word play.

Two sets of identical twins were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter their twins, a series of unfortunate events ensues, including the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, many false accusations and general confusion.

The class has chosen "Dr Seuss" as the theme for costumes and staging, and in an art class recently, the students drew their characters. Just some are shown below.

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Playing Nerissa

In "The Merchant of Venice"

Everyone is enjoying Shakespeare.  We are having fun and some laughs. 

We are practising the chorus.  We know what costumes we are wearing. 

In my role as Nerissa I get to wear a green headband, which is lovely.

Here are some photos of one of our rehearsals, we are not in our costumes yet.

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Upper First






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Klimt inspired art

Klimt, 1862 - 1918

Gustav Klimt, Austrian symbolist painter and a favourite in our art room, loved his cat who sat in his studio watching him create.  Klimt also travelled widely and when he saw the ceramic art in Islamic architecture he was so inspired he came back to his studio and created his 'gold works' with all the patterns, textures and richness he'd seen, woven together.

4th classes are looking at Islam so we are making the most beautiful artworks with our own bejewled cats, printed gold mats and Islamic inspired buildings. 

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Weather art

Our Second Class (Year 2) students have been looking at the works of Hiroshige and Caillebotte and using them as inspiration for their weather artworks. 

They made warm-colour window art out of cellophane, to make their classrooms feel warm and toasty, and painted rainy weather paintings that are  just so beautiful.




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Understanding Early Indigenous Art Work

Our third classes explored early indigenous art again this week,  drawing plants and animals from the John Colet environment and using traditonal mark making techniques to create their own works and stories.

Then they gathered natural found objects like twigs and straw and used them to make mark making tools, which was quite tricky!

The students recognized that aboriginal people didn't consider that they owned the land, the land owned them, and that different tribes drew their own country in their own way.

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Art across all subjects

Our art classes take every opportunity to dovetail in with lessons taught in other subjects.  One fertile cross-over is between art and writing, reading and comprehension. 

For example, 5th class K is reading "Modoc" by Ralph Helfer - who as well as being an author is a Hollywood animal trainer - and the book is about an elephant's adventure through deserts, jungles, circuses and the high seas, and all the people she meets along the way. 

All of which provides plenty of inspiration for drawing elephants!


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Creative Cakes

One of the things our Open Day and Fair is a bit famous for is our Cake Baking and Decorating Competition, which is open to all students and parents and past students, staff  and friends of the school.

All the cakes can be bought by silent auction at the end of the day, which is also the time the prizewinning cakes are announced in a range of different categories. This year we had around 50 entries.

All our student entry winning cakes are on our Facebook page, but below are some other wonderful cakes that are sure to taste as good as they look.

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