Last week Bexley Public School entered two artworks into the annual Koori Art Expressions Exhibition. This exhibition showcases work by NSW Public School students inspired by Indigenous artists.
Aligned with this year's NAIDOC theme - 'Songlines' - our Year 5R students explored the concept of places and connectedness to their school community.
They chose subjects that they believed represented their connections to school and photographed these as close-up elements. These photos were used to create a collage of differing depths with a piece of scrap cardboard as the base and layers of cardboard pieces and other recycled materials such as wool and bottle tops hot glued to the base. Depending on the effect you want, these cardboard works look great as is.
However, we also covered the work with aluminium foil, carefully ensuring that all the indentations and levels were smooth.
Students then used pastels to add colours to their now metallic art project. This art activity was inspired by the one found here. And can be modified to match the age of your children.
KM used the concept of art as a map and chose an area of our school to represent from above- a bird's eye view. Some students chose the whole school, others chose their classroom and some focused on a small element like the rainbow rug in our library.
Once they knew what they wanted to represent they chose pieces of coloured crepe paper to create their picture on the canvas.
Once they were happy with their design you can go crazy with the water spray and drench the canvas.
This activity was inspired by similar projects here.