Classrooms are looking like galleries as students' work is displayed on the walls. Exploring the elements of visual art - colour, shape, line, tone, texture, value, form, and pattern has been our learning focus. Art styles such as abstract, expressionism, geometric, pop, and realism have been investigated. Famous artists' work has also acted as an inspiration for our creations.
Students from across our team have put on their best thinking faces and reflected on making their creations and what elements they believe make them effective pieces of artwork.
We learnt about the artist Laurel Burch who was famous for creating colourful and joyful cats. First, we had to practise drawing cats in her style. When we finally got good at drawing cats we could create our good copy. We used patterns and bright colour on our cats. Our cats look effective because they are all different. They have different patterns, bright colours - including warm and cool colours, and different backgrounds. Kase
This is my sculpture called Linda. She is a gymnastics teacher. I used five sticks for her body and a styrofoam ball for her head. I wrapped the wool around her body to make clothes. I think the way I have positioned my sculpture doing a handstand makes it effective. I am going to put my sculpture on a high shelf in my bedroom so my dogs and brother won’t get it. Briar
We used pastel colours to make the circles. We blended the colours in the circles together. We had to explore different ideas with colour, like using warm and cool colours. We use water colour paints for the background. We used real artist inspiration to make this creation. I think the way the circles are all put together to make a mural makes it look striking. Jack
This is shape art. We drew the design with pencil then we rubbed it out. We used tape to make the different shapes. Each taped section we painted a different colour. We pulled the tape off while it was still wet. I like my sparkly background . I think my painting is big and bold and the heart takes up most of the space in the picture. It is not tiny, that makes it effective. Tegan
I first drew a picture of a rabbit. I chose to draw a rabbit because it is easy to draw. I chose the colours because I thought they would look good together. I like looking at the different shapes in the rabbit and purple is my favourite colour. Aria
This is abstract art. We used coloured paper to symbolise our family. This art shows how effective art can be with just paper strips. We folded different coloured paper to make different designs with paper. Grayson
We used blue dye for the background. We used water colour paints for the sea creatures.
We traced our sea creatures. Then we painted the sea creatures and when they were dry we added patterns with a vivid. I think it is the bright colours of the sea creatures that makes our calendar art an effective piece of art. The coral pieces in the background also give the picture more interest. Mackenzie
We had foam sheets and we had pictures of bugs. We used the handle of the paint brush to make the design in the foam. This art looks effective because there's lots of layers and textures. The frames make the artwork stand out because of the colours Rikihana
Kandinsky circle and spatter art calendar art in Room 4
We splatter painted the background first. The next day we made circles with paint. We had to use different colours. I think it is the different designs and patterns that make our calendar art look effective. Carter
We used water colour pencils and vivids to create this artwork. In the centre of our pictures is the colour wheel. Then we shared our picture into six sections. We had to use primary and then the secondary colours from the colour wheel in the different sessions. There are different shades of the same colour. I think it is the bright colours and the repeating pattern of the circle that makes this art effective. I also like the way the circles overlap and change colour slightly . Alyssa
Curriculum Links: Visual Arts Students will:
Share ideas about how and why their own and others’ works are made and their purpose, value, and context.
Developing practical knowledge
Explore a variety of materials and tools and discover elements and selected principles.
Key Competencies: thinking
Keywords: visual art, effective, art critic, colour, shape
Attributed to: The Ohaaki Team, Year 3 & 4, Rooms 1, 2 3, and 4. Teachers: Sara Sprague, Carla Ross, Tayla Nicholson, and Paul Morehu