For FABRIC WORK, Cycle 2 students, analysed the floral still life of Pierre Bonnard, particularly, the use of complementary colours, the angles of the table cloth and arrangements of flowers to collage their own FABRIC FLORAL STILL-LIFE compositions. To inspire their backgrounds, they viewed paintings with individually-placed brush strokes by Australian Indigenous artist Gloria Petyarre.
Cycle 2 students’ PAINTING skills focused on early, vertical images of people by Pierre Bonnard which were inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e Print Masters. They arranged a narrow, vertical composition with a figure facing away looking back towards the viewer. They painted leafy, textured backgrounds and modelled each other dressed in a gown with the face in profile. Students decorated the garment in check patterns and added and painted over images of their own pet or that of someone else.
Cycle 2 students’ CONSTRUCTION activity explored creating sculpted Muppet-style foam puppets after viewing many photographs and paintings of Pierre Bonnard and his wife Marthe de Meligny. They considered the contours of the face, skin tone and the placement and style of hair and facial hair, and how possible hats or glasses sit on the head or face.
Before beginning their portrait puppet CONSTRUCTIONS, Cycle 2 students, drew STUDIES after observing the facial characteristics of artist Pierre Bonnard and his wife, Marthe de Meligny in photos and paintings.
Cycle 3’s painting skills focussed on ancient examples of landscape painting from China. Specifically, the Northern Song period (907-1127) is known as the “Great age of Chinese landscape”. In the north, artists such as Jing Hao, Fan Kuan, and Guo Xi painted pictures of towering mountains, using strong black lines, ink wash, and sharp, dotted brushstrokes to suggest rough stone. Students worked with traditional brushes, ink and rice paper to portray a natural setting of significance to them, reflecting on the importance of nature in the wake of the 2019-20 bushfires.
Cycle 3’s construction skills were refined through the use of relief modelling techniques. They rendered their Chinese Ink Landscape using additive and subtractive processes. Whilst making design decisions about the way to create a relief work (a raised design from a flat surface) students were laying the foundation for the reduction print process they would next undertake.
To further Cycle 3’s printmaking studies throughout the year, they looked at a relief printing process where the surface of the lino was carved into so that the ink is only received by the raised plane. Students looked at examples of Japanese Art throughout different times in history, where their fascination with anthropomorphism is evident. Students composed a portrait of themselves as an animal to convey aspects of their personality and other interests. To make their prints they followed a reductive process of carving, inking and printing whereby each colour is overlaid to make a series of multicoloured prints. Some of their prints were also hand coloured using pastels.
Cycle 3 were introduced to the work of Australian assemblage artist Rosalie Gascoigne whose work was heavily influenced by the principles of Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement) and octogenarian Sydney-based artmaker Dasha Caminer who both work with found materials to make sculptural works. Inspired by their use of recycled goods and the formal elements to make poetic artworks, students made a woven work in response.
The IB Film course aims to develop students as proficient interpreters and makers of film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts, and through practical exercises in film production, the film course develops students’ critical abilities and their appreciation of artistic, cultural, historical and global perspectives in film.
Students examine film concepts, theories, practices and ideas from multiple perspectives, challenging their own viewpoints and biases in order to understand and value those of others. They experiment with film and multimedia technology, to develop an artistic voice and learn how to express personal and collaborative perspectives through the making of film.
Performing Arts Announcement – 2020 School Production
“The Journey of Drop”
A Melbourne Montessori School Cycle 2 and 3 Stop Motion Film
Released on Thursday December 3rd
“The Journey of Drop” is our Performing Arts School Production for 2020. It presented learning opportunities in lighting, filming skills and techniques, animation, script writing, set design, character model design and directing for camera.
‘Drop’ is a water droplet who transforms from water to vapor to snow and back. This adventure was written by the children and takes us on a journey through the water cycle to all corners of the earth. The film was a collaboration across Cycle 2 and 3. Even the name of the film was voted on from eight suggestions, one from each class. The children helped with all of the scenes, not just the ones assigned to their class. They helped each other build sets and models and animate their stories.
The Cycle 2 and 3 children from Melbourne Montessori School are passionate about reducing waste. By reusing waste objects in the making of this film, they have made a quiet, yet undeniably strong statement for the reduction of waste…