Our dot painting
We have been learning about the style of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, an Aboriginal artist. She used to paint on the floor, swapping hands depending on which side of the canvas she was painting on! We had a go at this in the hall, experimenting with different tools to make our dots. Who knew a knitting needle would be so effective!
We had a brilliant trip to the Tate Modern in London to visit the Year in Art: 1992 Australia exhibit. This showcased a number of Aboriginal artists who have used a variety of media to explore the impact that colonisation has had on them and their people. The exhibit was very thought-provoking and at times uncomfortable however we all agreed that this is the nature of such a complex topic.
For our homework this term one of our tasks is to produce a piece of art inspired by Aboriginal Dot Painting. Mrs Edwards was blown away by our creations. Some are very close to the Aboriginal style whereas others are very much taking it as inspiration and then producing work in their own style.
We have been learning about the work of Katsushika Hokusai. Hokusai is perhaps most well-known for this woodblock prints of Mount Fuji (The Great Wave being the most famous). We studied his style by sketching out one of his works of Mount Fuji. We then explored different media to see which will work best to give us the block colour effect that he used in his work.