In Class 9, our focus for Arts Week has been Australia! We have learnt many interesting facts about the continent such as the sports they play and the animals that live there.

On Monday, we created a large collage of Ayers rock. We sketched out an outline for each part of the collage so we knew where each section of colour needed to go. We enjoyed cutting the materials into different shapes to make our collage look really effective! We also created Koala bears using paper plates. Some of the children even added a Joey into the arms of their Koala bear!

On Tuesday, we created an aboriginal dot painting of a turtle using a range of colours. We used cotton buds for this to ensure the dots were precise. We also created a Kangaroo landscape picture using water colours and then we cut and stuck our Kangaroo on top. We also had a dance lesson on Tuesday which was themed ‘Under the sea’ and the children loved it! We learnt different sea creature moves such as ‘Bob the fish’ and ‘Kevin the crab’. I’m sure the children will be able to show you these if you ask them!

On Wednesday, we learnt a range of sketching skills such as stippling, circulism, hatching and cross-hatching. This prepared us for completing our final sketch of the Sydney Opera House. We enjoyed taking our time to complete this sketch and we ensured to use the sketching methods we had learnt. After this, the children were enthusiastic to create sea turtles and octopus using clay! They enjoyed manipulating the clay and forming it into different shapes to create the sea creature of their choice.

On Thursday, we created some abstract Australian emus. We carefully drew an outline for our emus and we then added soft pastel chalk and carefully smudged it to add effect. We then created some crocodiles to go on our arts week display using lolly sticks and pipe cleaners. Finally, we were inspired by Finding Nemo and decided to create our very own clown fish! We used paper plates and card to create our body, fins and tail and then we carefully added the painted detail using our paintbrushes. The children have had tremendous amounts of fun doing artistic activities this week and learning all about the many things that live in the smallest continent in the world; Australia!

We can’t wait for you to take a look at our Arts week display when you come into school!

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