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Winter in the Laburnum Art Room

A Children’s Book Council of Australia Book (CBCA) shortlisted story called, ‘The Snow Wombat’, by Susannah Chambers was read to Prep students. In this work, they used masking tape strips to create gum trees in a winter background. Soon the wombats will be stencilled and sponged to add further textural elements and depth to these exciting works. Please refer to the works in progress.

Grade 1 students have been using a cross-curricular approach in their art making. They have listened to Camille Saint-Saen’s, “The Carnival of the Animals” (1886) music movement. They also looked at Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso’s angular, cubist animal paintings as well as Australian Indigenous artist, Lin Onus’ patterned animal landscapes. Students ‘listened for animals’ in the classical music and sketched shape, form, line and different patterns in these vibrant impressions.

Another CBCA shortlisted book, by Leila Rudge about a pigeon named ‘Gary’, who could not fly, was read to the Grade 3s. They responded using pastels and mixed media to create distinctive pigeons with racing outfits or headwear. Students have drawn postcards, tickets, made envelopes, used their mapping knowledge and literacy skills, to invent adventurous tales across their page.

The Grade 4s have worked on creating perspective in their art by making tunnel books that have a foreground, middle-ground and background. They are a lot of fun and all are unique!  These art books and are hinged on the sides with accordion style paper and can be viewed in the office area.

In response to the Lions Club, “The Future of Peace” competition, Grade 6 students have free choice of materials and are designing large posters relating to peace and what it means around the world. On October 3rd, artworks from the level will be selected to compete in the Blackburn district and a winner from the local schools will then be selected for the division and international competition.


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