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.

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