Yarra Valley ‘Open Studios’…

On the 22nd of September I went to the Yarra Valley Open Studios. I went with Mrs McLeod (the art teacher at B.L.P.S), Victoria (my class mate and one of the art captains), Karen (Victoria’s Mum), my brother and my Mum.

We all met up at Berwick Lodge at 10 o’ clock. When everyone arrived we set off to Healesville were the first artists studio was. The drive took forty-five minutes.

The first gallery we visited was Mim Kocher who was a sculptor and painter. I especially liked her sculptured people which she made out of magi-clay.

The second gallery we visited was mosaic artist Sandy Peeters and wood carver Josef Peeters. I loved how Sandy and Josef both used recyclable materials for their artwork.

After looking at Sandy and Josef’s gallery it was about lunch time so we went to a picnic area and had a picnic. Connor, Victoria and I were very lucky to get some money from Mrs McLeod to buy an ice cream at the ice cream shop. I got rainbow bubblegum, Victoria got honeycomb and Connor got Mint.

Next we headed to our last art gallery which was Beverly Mann’s who does textiles. She prints gum leaves on material squares which she then puts on clothing.

Overall, I had an awesome day and got some great ideas from the galleries!

Here are a few snaps I took on the day:

By Tanisha!

Mosaic – Active Children Playing Sport

Mosaics Term 3 2012

Our year 3,4 and 5 students are having lots of fun creating another colourful mosaic mural on the wall of our gymnasium during their Visual Arts lessons this term. Helen Harman, our talented Artist in Residence, is once again guiding our students with her expert knowledge on their journey of this kinaesthetic, visually pleasing experience.

Our theme for this year has been “Active Children Playing Sport” which has tied in quite nicely with the current Olympic Games in London.  The children initially made templates by tracing around bodies in poses representing a sporting activity.  These stencils were then transferred onto the wall of the gym ready for the application of the tiles.

Children playing cricket, throwing basketballs, doing handstands and cartwheels are included in the design.  Mirror tiles were used for the outlining of the athletic figures and a range of coloured tiles were used for the background.

All children were involved in the breaking and hammering of the tiles, the gluing of the pieces onto the wall and the messy grouting process.  They have worked cooperatively and seemed to develop a sense of ownership and fulfilment for their group work on this project.


Julie McLeod

Visual Arts Teacher

August 2012

Marvellous Mosaics

During Term 2, Helen Harman, a local, creative, mosaic artist  came to our school to assist the grade 1 & 2 children with the making of a colourful mosaic wall outside the Art Room.  The children had so much fun breaking tiles and glueing the broken pieces onto the brick wall to create happy, smiling and proud faces.  A grade 1 student said, ‘That was the best day of my life!’