In anticipation of the Cycle 2’s (6-9) visit to the NSW Art Gallery to view the Archibald exhibit the children studied portraiture.
In Waragal class teacher Phil has a BA in Visual Communications so it’s an area of expertise for him. Phil discussed dimension and balance and demonstrated how to apply these when drawing different facial features. The use of media such as charcoals, black and white pencils, watercolours, oil and chalk pastels and acrylic paints were likewise explored. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session. Thanks Phil.
The Wangaree children welcomed a special visitor Yolande - artist and grandmother to student Lila. Yo shared her knowledge and love of art with a portraiture workshop. We examined some interesting portraits by artists past and present and discussed the feelings and stories communicated through each portrait. After exploring the works of others it was our turn to put on the artist’s hat and draw our own portraits. Yo had in mind for us a great idea of drawing the faces of old people as the lines on the faces tell many stories. By the end of the workshop our hands and faces were covered in conte crayon and we had a class collection of expressive portraits. We were inspired and thrilled that Yo visited us.
In a letter to Yo, Isabella (7 yo) reflected: ‘I can’t tell you how much I thank you. You have taught me that you don’t just do math, you also have to fill your brain with your imagination.’