Teaching Team

Melissa and Rose

Curriculum Overview

Learning in visual art involves students making and responding to a variety of artworks.  This is achieved through harnessing creativity, imagination and critical thinking skills combined with a respectful understanding of other people, cultures and art forms.

Students will engage with and develop knowledge of visual art through exploring a wide range of creative processes.  This involves developing and building on skills, techniques and understandings of key visual art principles and elements.  The art elements of line, shape & form, colour, space and texture will continue to form the basis of our second semester’s art.  A secondary focus on the principles of pattern, emphasis, variety, balance & unity and proportion will also be explored in greater detail.

Throughout the semester all students will work through a wide range of activities with the opportunity to use a variety of materials.  These will include working with acrylic and watercolour paints, oil and chalk pastels, marker, fine-liner, pencil, ink, paper (coloured, tissue, embossed & printed), textiles, craft materials (beads, buttons, feathers, sequins, leaves, etc) wire, embossing foil and modelling clay.

An exploration of Matisse and Picasso will be of particular focus, with students completing a series of artworks influenced by these artist’s individual style.

Students will also be exploring the art of Emma Bamblett, a contemporary Wemba Wemba artist, and will be encouraged to consider the significance of art in aboriginal culture. The relation of artwork to oral history, dreamtime, and country will be discussed. Students in grades 3-6 will be comparing aboriginal art and the function of art in Ancient Egypt.   

Each student will be encouraged to see the relationship between effort and achievement as they complete their artworks which will be stored in an individual art folio that is sent home at the end of the school year. 

Student artworks will be regularly published in the school newsletter throughout the year, providing a sample of the art made by students at NMPS.