Visual Art

Learning | Visual Art

At Churchlands Primary School the Visual Art programme is run by specialist Melinda Cockerill. It plays an important role by promoting creative and critical thinking and practise through a positive, enjoyable, meaningful program, enhancing the quality of learning at our school.

During the time of the Sculpture by the Sea Exhibition at Cottesloe Beach, students were assigned, through Seesaw, a project to take a photo of a sculpture and respond. This offered the opportunity for families and students to interact, observe, admire, and wonder at the many sculptures displayed at the exhibition or found in our local environments. During class the students shared their responses and built a variety of different sculptures with a focus on an artist or sculpture. During art class the students created sculptures after looking at techniques and designs used by professional artists. Due to Covid restrictions we could not hold our annual Sculpture by the School art show. Classroom sculptures will be on display during our Learning Journey later in the year.

In 2021 the Environmental Team and the Sustainability committee created a frog habitat in the school grounds. The year two to five students followed the Design process to create tiles that were installed behind the frog bog. Different classes focused on different flora and fauna found in the local Herdsman Lake habitat. Together these tiles are a patchwork of colour and life. The investigation looked at Noongar, and our own connection, with this unique environment by sharing Noongar and scientific names for many of the species found.

Generously the P and C supported this project by providing Noongar Artist Summer Brinkworth and her brother Lucas Bennell, from Myrtle Creations, to share their connection to the Noongar six seasons, that represent the climate of the south west of WA. Under their guidance the children assisted in the painting of the six poles, with each pole representing a recognised season. This contemporary collective of colour, symbolic meaning and connection to country has been installed as part of the new Adventure play space.

The art team and year six students paint the set for the year six musical and constructed props that ensured the show was an amazing success.

During our Book Week, the teachers and students are inspired by the illustrators from the short-listed books. Working with the English committee we use this week to promote storytelling, illustration and the love of literature, art, and imagination.  

On the evening of the annual school Learning Journey, the art room is awash with colour, texture, excitement, and people, as parents with their precious artists come to share fabulous creativity and flair. It was overwhelming the response from the school community. It makes my heart sing.

The celebration of the Arts at Churchlands Primary School provides a student voice, mutual understanding, and sense of togetherness.

What’s happening in the Art Studio Week 5

I am sorry I haven’t added to the last newsletters as I have been on leave, but plenty of projects have been created and explored in my absence. The Arts programme continues without me as it should. Year Two Room Five Mrs Samsa’s students have looked at symmetry in...

The Art Room Week 7

Please click on the links below for more information about various exhibitions happening around Perth. Tom Malone Prize 2022 - 3 June - 31 July 2022 The West Australian Pulse 2022 - 20 April - 24 July 2022 After Hours Tour of Collective Ground with Tui Raven - 6-7 pm,...

What’s happening in the Art Studio – Week 5

The year three and four students have been exploring Wild Things and are developing their hand puppets with heaps of madcap character and raucous wildness. We can’t wait to bring them to life with Mrs Idle in Drama.  Room 13 created encouraging banners to use during...

What’s happening in the Art Studio Week 3

All the classes have enjoyed experimenting with shape and colour and cooperating with their fellow artists in the most amazing art class at Churchlands Primary. It makes my day so special to see the enthusiasm, awe and wonder that my young artists express. This term...

What’s happening in the Art Room Week 9

Here are some samples of Easter creativity from our Pre Primary and Year 2 students [gallery...

What’s happening in the Art Room Week 7

Art is more than just crafts. Art is deep. Art is human.  Art class is a place to tap into that core humanity and explore the stories we all share, as well as the stories that are unique. Art touches every person and every other subject. History, math, science, and...

What’s happening in the art room – Week 5

I want to share this article as it explains the importance of teaching visual art to primary students, reflecting my belief in art education. What do you think? Art is an incredible subject and a vital part of every child’s education. Art matters. It’s such a big...

What’s happening in the Art Room

HeARTy Arty PARTy Pop up Event This week the SmART Sparks, our Year 6 Visual art leadership team, created the first Pop Up Art event for interested Year 2 children during Tuesday lunchtime. The number of students was restricted to 20 participants. We are hoping to...

Welcome back from the Art room

All the classes have settled with tremendous enthusiasm into the routine and procedures we follow in the art room. I have heard so many wonderful stories of holiday adventures and relish the student’s wonder of what they have seen and done.  We have started the term...

Art News

What’s Happening in the Art Studio - Mrs Melinda Cockerill Frog Pond Mural This term many classes have been making ceramic tiles to install on the library wall behind the new frog pond. After observing drawings of frogs, long neck tortoises, birds, wildflowers and...