Year 3 & 4 Visual Arts
By Christina Dunne, Visual Arts Teacher
It has been a busy time in Art in Year 3 and Year 4. Students have worked hard experimenting with various art forms and linking into their Units of Inquiry. Year 3 and 4 visual artists have collaborated to create a mural inspired by contemporary artist Thank You X and our remote learning motto #inthistogther.
In Year 3 students created a drawing of their instruments during their ‘How we express ourselves’ Unit of Inquiry. They explored the technique of ‘drawing from reference’ by using photographs of their string instruments: violin, viola, cello or double bass. Students reflected on the feeling they experience while playing music, and selected an analogous colour scheme to represent their emotion. Finally, the students used charcoal to draw expressive lines to represent the music they enjoy creating, for example, calm or energetic. The joy and enthusiasm the students experience when creating music is evident in their work.
In Year 4 students created still life of fruit. We looked at traditional still life artworks by Spanish artist Juan Sanchez Cotan from the 1600s. Students had a cross-curricular experience through reviewing their Spanish vocabulary of colours and fruit during our observation drawing lesson. One of the challenges was to draw so our compositions filled our whole paper. Students then used complementary colours to colour their fruit, and created form by using a light highlights and darker shadows. The students were able to create strong areas of contrast by using colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel, and light and dark values.
Well done to all of our Year 3 and 4 visual artists!