Term 1: Art Around the World
Year 3 students have been exploring the connections between the art that is made in different countries. Can you tell where an artwork is from, by looking at it?
Is all the art from one country the same? Does the country an artist is from influence what they make?
Our six different classes have each been learning about both traditional art from a specific continent as well as a contemporary artist.
These explorations lead us to focus on Shape, colour and line, and we found that there are a lot of ways we can experiment with these Elements of Art. We have been experimenting with weaving and collage from Africa, watercolour paint and oil crayon from Australia, paper cutting techniques from Europe, cardboard sculpture to make Totem Poles from Canada, sewing skills from South America and even wire animal monsters from Mexico.
South America: Mola Designs from Colombia and Romero Britto from Brazil
North America: Totem Poles (Canada) and Alebrijes (Mexican)
Africa: Kenta Cloth weaving (Ghana) and Aboudia (Abdoulaye) Diarrassouba (Côte d’Ivoire)
Europe: Henri Matisse (France) and Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austrian / New Zealand)
Asia: Katsushika Hokusai (Japan) and Yayoi Kusama (Japan)
Oceania: Koru Designs (from New Zealand) and Ken Done (Australia)
Whenever we need to practice our drawing skills we love to watch step by step videos or use step by step pictures to help us get our shapes right.
Here are some other links to help us draw landmarks
Eiffel tower-Paris, France
Leaning tower Pisa, Italy
Christ the Redeemer-Brazil
Sydney Opera House, Australia
Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai China
Great wall of China
Shanghai World Financial Tower (Bottle Opener)-Shanghai
Golden gate bridge, San Francisco USA