There was much outdoor creative activity with the commencement of Term 2, 2021. The Prep and Year 1/2 students all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be outside and actively participate in an art class in the fresh air during our Autumn season.
The Prep students hunted for Autumn leaves that they could use to create leaf rubbings. Autumn is a wonderful season to look at the changing colours of the leaves and collect a variety of different patterned and shaped leaves that may fall on the ground.
The leaves were then used to create an array of colourful leaf rubbings using pastels. They were fascinated by with the patterns and lines that were revealed when the pastel was rubbed over the paper which was positioned on top of a selection of 1 to 5 leaves. The leaf rubbings will be used later as part of their mixed media artwork.
The Year 1/2 classes’ creativity also flourished outside when they got to express their ideas using chalk on the grounds around the school. Before they began their own street art throughout the Ripponlea playground we discussed the experience of seeing many hopeful messages and drawings on the sidewalks throughout Melbourne in 2020. The students then created their own hopeful messages and images. The playground was filled with chalk drawings of rainbows, trees, clouds, bunnies, people, extraordinary creatures and positive words such as happy and keep smiling. The students especially enjoyed being in the fresh air when there were blue skies and the sun was high in the sky.
Let’s keep continue to express our joy and positivity through art.