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John Colet School Creative Arts

21
May
2014

Example artworks viewing at the Open Day

Just a taste of the many artworks that will be on display at our Open Day and Fair this Sunday 25th May

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21
May
2014

Open Day Sunday 25th May

Our Open Day is on Sunday 25th May, 10am -3pm. All welcome!

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05
May
2014

6th class kite creations

It's been a busy first term for our 6th class students in art.  As well as creating a joint work to enter in the Gallipoli Art Prize (administered by the Gallipoli Memorial Club in Sydney) in which they were Finalists, the class has made Japanese kites using traditional block printing techniques based on kamon, or family symbol designs.

Come along and see these and all the classes' artworks at our Open Day and Fair, on Sunday 25th May from 10am.  All welcome.

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04
April
2014

Simple steps to take a better photo

Lunchtime photography workshop

Photographer and designer Mr Stephen Miller gave an inspiring and informative talk on photography this week.
He started by showing a range of faulty photos, and asking the students what was wrong with them.  Then, with examples, he talked about what makes a good picture great, discussing the rule of thirds, leading lines, focal points and so on, even how to correctly hold a camera, and another tip, always look behind you in case the view from behind is even better!
Mr Miller also showed a series of photos to give an idea of the different photo treatments for the categories in this year’s John Colet School photography competition.
The children were very attentive and asked a lot of good questions.
There will be other lunchtime presentations by other speakers next term.  Stay tuned.

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31
March
2014

Art leadership roles in action

Patrick H, Assistant Art Prefect for 2014, is marbling paper with Carlo Z in 2M recently.  Patrick helps with the class every fortnight.  The children were asked how they enjoyed having Patrick and they said: “He helps us,” “He is kind to us.”

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24
March
2014

Photography Competition 2014

This year the John Colet School photography competition has a new format to allow more scope for creativity. We have also decided to have a Junior (3rd class and 4thclass) and Senior (5th class and 6th class) section.

There still will be a winner from each class, but there will also be a winner from each section.

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21
March
2014

Sewing Club at lunchtime popular again

John Colet School 6th Class, by popular demand, have this term begun a Sewing Club during their lunch break on Tuesdays, with Mrs. Donald and Mrs. Layton.  They have all begun to knit a scarf and almost all of them have started on tapestry inserts for cushions.  Look forward to some splendid results!  
The girls (alack no boys this year) are thoroughly enjoying it and are very keen.  Actual hand sewing (buttons, seams, edging etc) will follow!  We hope to produce a few competent needlecrafters!

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21
March
2014

The Art of Giving Attention

How we 'teach' focus and full attention on tasks

One of life’s great skills, which is greatly encouraged at John Colet, is the ability to give attention to whatever the task at hand is.

This is an importance aspect in the practice of creating art. Wherever you go all over the world one of the most remarkable things when entering a studio where artists are working is this quiet focussed attention.

Our second classes have their own special way of practicing this in their art class.

Firstly they heard the story of the arrowmaker from the Avahut Geeta.

 “From the arrowmaker I have learned the value of attention. In a town there lived an arrowmaker who devoted his full attention to his occupation. Once he was beating the point of an arrow, when the King and his procession went by the street. He was so attentive to his work that he knew nothing of the King’s passing, and when they asked him how he liked the music of the procession he said, “What Procession? When did it pass? So ought we to concentrate on the truth that no external object or event should disturb us.”

The children discussed the things that disturb them when they are working, for example other children talking, the sounds from the playground and so on.

Next they created a beautiful mural, based on Indian art, of a procession of elephants, dancers and musicians. Not that we wish to ignore the beautiful things of life, but in this case the procession represents all the things that take out attention away from what we are doing.

Working with attention was practiced in class and it is interesting what the children observed:

“The more you concentrate the more you can see,” Bob

“You get better at detail,” Edward

“The picture turned out the way it was meant to,” Ramakrishna

“When I paid attention my work was neater than usual,” Francesco

Giving attention was peaceful and relaxing,” Isabella

“I noticed when you look carefully it looks beautiful and you can see things that you didn’t notice before,” Kiera

“When I was paying attention I wasn’t disturbed by any sounds,” Bethany

Just for fun we designed and created a special Arrowmakers Award in the form of a card and the children have been working towards getting one.

In the art room we feel the ability to give attention is a life skill which is important to encourage. Joy and satisfaction in life is greatly enhanced when rest can be found in giving attention.

 

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03
February
2014

Learning about the colour wheel

Mixing colour, cold and warm colours

Our 4th class students started the year learning about the science of colour by creating their own simplified colour wheels. They learnt about primary, secondary and tertiary colours as they step-by-step filled in their wheels, mixing colours on their palettes. Once their wheels were complete, the children talked about the feelings the different sides of their wheel evoked, then they each painted two pictures in cold and warm colours.

 

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05
November
2013

The story of the Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The story of the Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
Upper First C at John Colet School became very engrossed in the story of “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde. They looked at the work of artist Jane Ray who is today one of the world’s foremost illustrators of children’s stories. They looked at her use of pattern and metallic colour and illustrated the story to their own design.

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05
November
2013

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air
Lower First class (kindergarten) burst into creativity whilst making their beautiful spring pictures. Based on the cherry blossom picture of Japanese artist Hiroshige, they created wonderful pictures using a variety of skills from crumpled paper to drawing and pastels and wash.  After they created their pictures, they made some birds.

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30
October
2013

Encouraging creativity to rise naturally in children

2nd class T at John Colet School had a wonderful time designing themselves as a character, all made out of one paper plate and assorted boxes of.... well- left-overs really - bits of paper, ribbon, cardboard and  junk. Off they went and made all sorts of interesting characters. As well as a princess or two, we had Ned Kelly, a policeman (who had to restrain himself from chasing Ned) a dog and a cat amongst other interesting characters. Its wonderful to see how naturally creative children are. Give them a bit of string, sticky tape, bits of ribbon and paper and they can come up with the most amazing creations. Where does creativity come from? It can't be taught, it rises so naturally in time and place. They needed no help with ideas or what to do or how to do it, they just did it.

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10
October
2013

Art incursions and excursions at John Colet School

It is important that the children meet and hear about different art practices from a wide range of artists. Sometimes artists come on incursions such as Ceramicist Krystan Taylor from Ceramics in Schools, Balinese artist Anyu who taught the children about Balinese traditional craft. Sometimes an artist will come and work on a project with the children.

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10
October
2013

Printmaking at John Colet School

Printmaking incorporates pattern and drawing as well as using a wide range of medium and has a wide range of purposes including illustration, poster making, cards and decoration. It incorporates a wide range of elements from the simple potato print, mono-printing, relief printing and so on, the tools used can range from squeegees to lino cutting tools.

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27
September
2013

Exploring many art forms from many cultures

From the earliest of times, humans have drawn, painted and created from the very first expressions in the cave paintings in France, Europe and Australian, intricate paintings done with charcoal and twigs dipped in colours made from pigments from the earth, spat from mouths around the shape of a hand. People have used art as well as the other creative art forms to express their innermost thoughts and feelings to depict their Gods, to use symbolism to depict the stories of their times, to build amazing monuments, palaces, cathedrals, temples and pyramids.

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