Introduction to K-6 Visual Arts Education. By Deirdre Russell-Bowie and Moira Gibson. Visual Arts. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he or she grows up. (Picasso). The benefits of including the Visual Arts. Personal expression
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By Deirdre Russell-Bowie and Moira Gibson
Every child is an artist.
The problem is
how to remain an artist
once he or she
music, artwork, poem,
Development of skills, techniques &
Forms (drawing, painting, S3D, printmaking, clay, fibre, electronic media)
Matter (people, living things, objects, places & spaces, events)
Unknown Joy: Unknown joy is a mystery but we keep trying to find it in the world around us. JB
Other Living Things
I am the independent falcon:
I am like the independent falcon who lives by itself and doesn’t need anyone to follow. I am strong and I never give up. TD
Places and Spaces
The Country: Australia is a very dry country, so I chose yellow and orange to show this.JL
Sydney Harbour Bridge: from observation (Charcoal)
New Year’s Eve
My life rules:This artwork represents my life because everything in it means something to me. The big heart stands for kindness. The 4-coloured ball represents fun. The fish represents love and hate. The road signifies my love of cars. KH
Picasso-styled self-portrait uses tone to express the artist’s emotions.
Elements of Art: Test yourself!
Why teach children to draw?
Drawing is an extension of seeing- children
acquire the abilities of :
-- a natural object
-- an animal brought into the classroom
-- an object such as a shoe
-- a still life such as flowers
These are some of the topics you may
consider for your CAPs presentation:
-- Political cartoons -- Poster art
-- Murals or banner-making -- Graffiti
-- Advertising -- Fashion in art
-- Portrait painting -- An Artist
-- Landscape Paint -- Egyptian art
-- Animals in art -- Asian art
*Free Choice of topic
Ask questions about what we see:-
What is it?
Ken Done: Olympic Medallists’ Wildflowers(Naive, 21st C)
Monet: Waterlilies(Impressionism, 19th C)
Who created it?
Da Vinci: Mona Lisa(Renaissance, 16th C)
Elioth Gruner: Spring Frost(Realism, 19th C)
Rembrandt: The Night Watch(Baroque, 17/18th C)
What is it called?
Van Gogh:Starry Night(Post-Impressionism, 19th C)
The Blue Boy:Gainsborough(Rococo, 18th C)
Jackson Pollock:Composition(Abstract Expressionism, 20th C)
Ken Done:Olympic Games(Naive, 21st C)
Picasso:Guernica(Cubism, 20th C)
What media and
Margaret Preston:WA banksia (Coloured woodcut)
In what historical,
context was it
Ingres:Joan of Arc(Neo-classicism, 18th Century)
Kandinsky:St George(Expressionism:Early 20th Century)
Goya: The Parasol(Romanticism, Mid-19th Century)
Edvard Munch:The Scream
Edvard Munch:Young Woman on the Shore
What utilitarian use
does it have, if any?
Annie Griffiths Belt:Signatures of 250,000 Australians join artist Fiona McDonald in supporting Aboriginal Claims
Act out!Visual Arts
Salvador Dali:The persistence of memory
By discussing these with children allows for interpretation of images & generates lots of ideas for their own art-making
Looking for similarities & differences between two or more artworks seems to challenge our perceptions
Show a series of portraits. Children
step into these characters and imagine they are at a dinner party. Chat and mix around until you can find all the same characters as you
(e.g . at the end of the party you should have groups of Mona Lisas, Marilyn Monroes, Dame Mary Gilmores, Van Goghs)
In pairs, the children take turns at sculpting each other to form the exact pose & facial features in the artwork.
In groups, a child (the sculptor) moulds a number of children into the figures in a painting.
In pairs, talk to the other friend about a great piece of art you have just bought.
A: What is your painting called?
B: It’s called …
A: Who painted it?
B: It’s by ….
A: What colours are in it?
B: It has mainly orange and blue (complimentary colours)
Select an artwork. Make a list of clues to
help us find this artwork if it were hidden
among other artworks.
This activity asks students to describe an artwork
to distinguish it from other works - develops
language & observation
Imagine you are an auctioneer selling an artwork e.g,” Today we are have a wonderful Australian painting. Painted at the turn of the century, it is a fine example of the work of… Note the use of shadow and fleeting light. A rare chance to own a piece of Australiana. Imagine this fine
landscape on your lounge wall.
This activity asks the children to
consider the precise moment that the
A writing or speaking activity
how could you EVER consider that colouring in a stencil would be a valid Visual Arts activity????
These things limit creative expression
(2 - 4 years)
(4 - 7 years)
(4 - 7 years)
• One shape may represent more than one thing
(figures, houses, animals, vehicles, plants)
For further information, see Chapters 6 and 9 in MMADD: About the Arts: An introduction to Primary Arts Education
by Deirdre Russell-Bowie, published by Pearson Education Australia