As I mentioned in my previous blogs, I decided to have ALL 6/7 Art students at SMS explore Australia in light of the bush fires. Each team had a different theme and project. The PURPLE team would research the varied land animals common to Australia. We used the chrome books for research, then did some sketching. We then created our SKY-scapes using analogous watercolours and tempera paint on a 14x22" sulphite paper. Next, they chose between a variety of sun, sun & moon or Aboriginal symbols for the second layer. We used Pearlescent paint and a traditional dot painting technique that was introduced in the 1970s and is widely used by the indigenous people of Australia. Finally, we selected our unique animal and drew 5 different sized silhouette shapes which we decorated with our neon dots and glued them on to the skyscape. Our Australian Animal Collage was sealed with Mod Podge.
In the end, SMS Art students had a chance to research Australia and then learn skills in composition & collage, line, colour, repetition and to use a variety of paints and try their hand at the dot painting technique . Thanks to Patty at DSS for the inspiration.
I hope you enjoy Purple team's slideshow. The students worked hard to complete these wonderful skyscapes!
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Sit back and experience a taste of our Australia!