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Mr. Twomey
Melbourne, Australia
little man in a big old art room
Interests: collecting vinyl, playing drums for a noisy rock band, running around after three gorgeous children, listening to vinyl, and collecting vinyl.
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Here are some images from this year's annunal excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria. Now in it's third year, this excursion has become a highlight in the Visual Arts program for the upper primary students. As always, it was wonderful to see them so inspired and awe-struck by the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at big old art room
I try to do an animation every two years with the students in the Art room. It is a good group activity in which students have to rely on a team to get things done - you just can't make it happen on your own. With waste as our school... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at big old art room
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Isn't it a beautiful sight? My first kiln load ever. They came out such a beautiful colour! It is a gas kiln so we ended up with amazing variation in the tone of the terracotta depending on how hot they got. I'm not going to lie to you, it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at big old art room
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Over the past three weeks I have been introducing Ceramics to the Art program for the first time. What a lot of work clay is but my goodness, it is worth it. For our first session I went over the procedures for how to prepare the clay and then pack... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at big old art room
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The grade Prep students finished these beautiful collage/paintings this week. We started last week by looking at some of Alma Woodsey Thomas' divine paintings and discussing some of the shapes we recognised. The students loved her work and were thrilled when I told them we were going to be making... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at big old art room
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The Grade Prep students started in the art room today. It was very exciting and a little nerveracking to tell the truth. Over the past two years I have been taking the Preps in the second half of the year. It is staggering just how much growth happens in that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at big old art room
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Each year I create a backdrop for the Christmas concert with the students and I just keep going back to winter scenes. I know, it’s crazy, but hear me out. The art room has been stinking hot lately in the warm weather so I figure looking at cool colours and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at big old art room
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Inspired by the paintings of the Djulirri Rock Shelter The Grade 1/2’s are focusing on local history this term so I thought this would be a great opportunity to look at the history of art in Australia. Art and history are two subjects joined at the hip really. Most of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at big old art room
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Sep 16, 2013
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Last week in the art room the Preps created this amazing river with connecting streams. We began our lesson by discussing the painting below, Lander River by Malcolm Maloney Jaga. There were many fascinating observations made by the students. I had forgotten just how receptive the younger students are to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at big old art room
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Once a week I have been spending some time with the Grade 3/4 students looking at picture books. Each session I have read the book aloud and then they have completed an activity based on ideas or artwork in that story. It has been wonderful to share some of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at big old art room
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Wow! I was out on yard duty today and found myself in the thriving garden patch that our dedicated Garden Club have been tending to throughout the year. It’s looking great. Broad beans and broccoli. Daffodils and blossoms. I love it. I had to snap a couple of photos to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at big old art room
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The Grade 1/2 students are back in the art room! Hooray. It is so great to have them back and I thought I would kick things off in a similar way to last year, by having them make their very own book. Last year we made Name Books based on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at big old art room
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I just came across this unpublished post from 2011. I don't know why I never put it up. I love these works. Two boys. One living in big city Australia, the other in the Moroccan desert. On the face of it they don’t have much in common. However some things,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at big old art room
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We have been doing a bit of colour theory in Grade 5/6 of late and I was very pleased with this little lesson on tints and shades. Students began by drawing four or five objects that communicated ideas about themselves - "your life in four or five objects" is the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at big old art room
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The grade 3/4 students have been looking at healthy eating so I thought I would use fruit as the topic for this fun little colour mixing project. Each student had to draw seven pieces of fruit. They then coloured each with a primary or secondary colour. The seventh piece was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at big old art room
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Here is a (very) small selection of the awesome Sustainability Posters made by the Grade Five and Six students in Term One. Prior to designing these the students looked at posters designed by Austrian Artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and the short film "The Story of Bottled Water" with Annie Leonard. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at big old art room
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What do you see when you look at this inkblot? A hand? A pig’s head? Or perhaps a snail driving a Metro train like Erin in grade 6 suggested? This project started with an inkblot. An abstract shape made by chance. Students created these as they finished off their graffiti... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2013 at big old art room
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Talk about student engagement! I began today’s lesson by introducing the students to the piece below by Melbourne street artist Reify and some of their eyes nearly popped out of their sockets. We discussed how graffiti artists use a pseudonym and an individual style to express their personal point of... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at big old art room