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At our 50th Anniversary Fete we had a special Art Show. All students from KSPS had an artwork on display and they were for sale! We made these awesome hot air balloon portraits. Great job 5/6J!

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Our hot air balloon self portraits are coming along nicely. We have drawn and painted our balloons with acrylic paint, along with the baskets. We took photos of ourselves ready to position ourselves in the baskets. The canvases have arrived and are awaiting our painting of the sky.

Outlining the painted designs with black marker of our balloons really helps the design stand out! And as for the scented markers, if it is too much, put a peg on your nose!

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For our 50th Anniversary Art show next term, each class is presenting one artwork for each student. 5/6J are making hot air balloon self portraits!

We will be using photographs of ourselves for the portrait and are going to paint colourful hot air balloons and a sky.

Miss B went up in a hot air balloon in Turkey, here are some of her photos. Notice the patterns and colours used on the canvas of the balloons. 

Lesley Olver is a watercolour artist from the United Kingdom. She has created these colourful paintings of hot air balloons.


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Print of watercolour painting of hot air balloons by artist Lesley Olver

I can’t wait to see what sorts of hot air balloons 5/6J create!  Click here to see some other students’ examples.

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After studying Kandinsky, we created our own abstract artwork focusing on using lines and shapes. We chose to use oil pastel crayons as they have a thick application and a bright, vivid colour saturation.

Those people that finished early got to paint a square for our Kandinsky Mural, photos coming soon!

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This term we are creating artworks in the style of Wassily Kandinsky (VAH-see-lee    Kahn-DEEN-skee).

Kandinsky LOVED  colour. He was an excellent  musician as  well as an artist.  He thought that  colour and music had a lot in common. He said:

“Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul”.

He was also one of the first abstract artists.


Our first Kandinksy artwork is an abstract, colourful piece, like this one below!


Use some of these Kandinsky artworks for inspiration!





The artwork below is called “Heavy Red”. We will be completing a class mural on this later this term!

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We created a pastel artwork based on the Saguaro Cactus and the rock buttes found in Monument Valley, Utah/Colorado, USA. We thought it would make a great setting for a narrative.

We looked at lots of photos for inspiration first, practising our drawing skills.

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 After sketching our desert landscapes we used chalk pastels to colour them, blending, shading and smudging to create different techniques!

Check them out in the slideshow below.

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Our artwork this term is all about Settings in Narratives. our first setting was a castle. Thank you Deep Space Sparkle for the lesson idea!

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Finally we can show you the process of Making our Mexican Tona Face Masks. What an adventure! Like all experienced artists, a lot of the creative process is trial and error, and often things just don’t work.

We thoroughly enjoyed the clay making process, despite the fact that we had no idea what we were doing. The box of clay came with no instructions, so we tried a number of different ways to mix, blend and smooth the clay with warm hands and a bit of water. Not too much water! Some people loved the process, others were not so keen. There was mess, absolute mess!

For most people, it came together though and we had some lovely animal and fantasy creature masks ready to dry out over the weekend. 




Unfortunately, we must have done something wrong as when we came into the classroom the following week we found that our masks had cracked!


We were very disappointed as you could imagine. We tried gluing them, painting them in lacquer and putting on more clay. It wasn’t going to help! Miss B went and saw the staff at the Riot! Art Supplies store who suggested plaster bandages. She bought 6 rolls and we set to work literally bandaging up our masks!


This seemed to hold in all the clay. The final stage was to paint them, and then our fabulous masks were finally finished!


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Masks have been used in many cultures all over the world. People have been using masks in celebrations, religious rituals, performances and for hunting for centuries. Miss B loves finding masks in art galleries and museums around the world, if you get the chance check out the cool ones in the Australian Museum in Canberra. 


One of the oldest masks in the world is this stone mask from the pre-ceramic neolithic period, dating back to 7000 BC. It doesn’t look very fancy, not compared to the Mexican tiger mask next to it.

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In Mexico, masks have been used for approximately 3000 years. According to the Pre-Colombian legend of Tona, each man and woman shares a common destiny with an animal counterpart.

All people shared a destiny with this animal, called a Tona, which matched their personality traits in some way. If someone is without food, the animal will go hungry; if the animal suffers injury, the human being will become ill; if the animal is killed, the human being will also die.


Tona (also Tono) is the Spanish term referring to these animal guardians or soul companions. Some popular animals that were chosen as a person’s tona were jaguars, ocelots, birds, bats, snakes and alligators.

After the Spanish people conquered the Mexican area other animals became used as mask inspiration, such as bulls, sheep, horses, deer and cats. 


There are many celebrations and rituals in Mexico where Tona masks are worn. 


Common materials that were used to make Mexican animal masks were wood, clay, metal, leather and wax. These could be decorated with feathers, goat hair, ribbon, even animal teeth. 

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Tona masks usually have a mixture of human characteristics and animal features.


The mouse mask above, has pointed, yellow ears with elliptical almond-shaped eyes, much more similar to that of a human that tiny beady mouse eyes.


That bright yellow mask almost looks comical, until you notice the lethally sharp horns that could gouge you like a hunting spear. I wonder what sort of ritual that one was used for? 


5/6J are going to be making their own ‘Tona’ animal masks this term! We’ll need to start thinking about which animal we would like to represent us and our personalities…

A cheetah if you run fast? A dog if you are friendly? An owl if you like staying up late? A flamingo if you are good at dancing? There are thousands of possibilities.


After the masks are made we will definitely upload them to our blog for everyone to see. Can’t wait for our clay to arrive so we can get started!






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Here is our space art from Term 3 that we completed with Chalk Pastel. Thanks for the video startwister @ youtube, we used your artwork as our guide!


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