Peace Garden Prints

The first group of year 7 students that drew various plants in the Cabra Dominican Sisters Peace Garden have produced Intaglio prints of dry point etchings they created. They all teamed these prints with written diary entries of their experience using green ink and calligraphy pens. The students all loved the immediate effect of printing using the intaglio process and were amazed at the results. They also were quite interested in the technique of using calligraphy pens and some commented that “it was a lot easier than what I thought it was going to be”.

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Dia de la Artista (Day of the Artist)

 

A group of year 8 students have explored through printmaking the Dia de los Muerdos (Day of the Dead) Festival which is held each year in Mexico to honour those that are dead. Students researched rituals and traditions associated with this festival and the traditional ‘Papel Picado’ (Perforated Paper), which are buntings of paper decorated with images of the dead having a joyful time. Students used this theme to honour some special artists that are now dead in their own version of a papel picado. They turned the image of a skull into features associated with their artist such as objects that are commonly used in their artworks or even the type of hair style they had. All students created lino carvings and created a ‘reduction print’, whereby they print their design in a colour, then carve more than print in another colour over it. The flags are a great success and honour those that have passed away.

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Endangered Flora

For the past 4 weeks year 7 students have been researching endangered flora from the Adelaide region. They researched why certain plants were slowly becoming harder to find i.e through introduced species of flora dominating their environment, animals, acidity of soil, loss of water areas, destruction of land, and urbanisation. They also researched about the plants significance to indigenous communities past and present.

Along with this investigation, students researched the work of Chris de Rosa who is a local printmaking artist. She based much of her work on her own habitat and the types of natural environment that she associates with. We looked at her hanky series whereby she focused on introduced flora being symbolic of her own migrant heritage.

Students made contemporary flora prints using foam board on tea-towels, in a way reminiscent of domesticity and our own heritage in Adelaide.

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Through the Window

This term, students in Ms Lymn’s year 6 Art class have been exploring monotype printmaking. They were inspired by the paintings by American artist Edward Hopper and how he showed the private lives of people through their windows. Students have created their own imaginary homes that can be viewed into as if their walls are invisible. The class learnt about a variety of monoprinting (which means ‘one print’) and layered imagery on top of each other. Each student approached this task with energy and enthusiasm and their results are very diverse.

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Inside/Outside

This term the year 9 students have been exploring ways to express the theme of ‘Inside/Outside’ through printmaking and sculpture. Half of the class used imagery associated with inside houses and the other focused on outside. The students created multi coloured lino prints as well as sculptural ‘tree houses’ to represent their idea. Students learnt about techniques of lino Printing as well as carving and making repeating stamp patterns. All students were inventive in the ways they approached this assignment and showed inventive uses of varied Art mediums.

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