Learning to plan, paint and present
An art exhibition and sale will follow Hilltop School’s first foray into elective learning classes.
Previously, children learned about practical subjects like cooking and art in the classes.
In 2017 though, children each picked an area they were interested in, and then joined 30 or so other kids from different year levels to explore that subject.
Elective choices for Year 5 to Year 8 children include The Oscars [acting and performance], My Kitchen Rules Hilltop [cooking], 2D/3D [art] Party Planning [event planning and budgeting], and Outdoor Attitude.
Specialist teacher Sue Graham led the art elective.
‘‘In making the art, the children have faced some ‘realworld’ challenges,’’ she said.
‘‘These include planning an artwork, doing each of the paint layers, and then the whole responsibility of creating an artwork in a limited time.’’
The pupils learned about a range of different painting styles, including impressionism, pointillism, abstract and fauvism.
Following his interest in luminism-style paintings, Jordan painted the silhouette of a stag against the golden yellows of a sunset.
Jordan said learning how to use multiple layers of paint on a piece was very interesting.
‘‘It’s learning you have to do things in a specific order – the first background layer, then the second one, then the foreground, and then all the small details last.’’
If he re-did the painting, Jordan said he would only make one change.
‘‘I would make the [silhouetted] deer less fat.’’
Art exhibition and sale: Hilltop School Hall, Rokino Rd, Friday Nov 10, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, then 10.30am to 7.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. $10 entry per adult on Friday night only, as a donation to the school PTA. Pupils’ art $25 each.
Featured adult artists’ work sold at a fixed price: Donovan Bixley (prints), Sue Graham, (painting), Jo Rankin (abstract), Maggie Dawson (print), Robbie Graham (sculpture), Didi Chapman, Finn Wilson, Sophie Pratley, Kathleen Shaw, Pat Vesey, Marion Bright, Mayumi Sherburn, Jo Rankin, Diane Grant, Steve Smith, Christopher Fidoe, Lynden Over, Judi Brennan.
Hilltop School pupils with artwork from a range of different styles.