Cathy Hunt iPad artist @ CDNIS

It has been a great privilege to work with Apple Distinguished Educator Cathy Hunt, who spent a very busy week at CDNIS working with Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students and teachers before the Christmas break. Cathy is an award-winning educational consultant, presenter and experienced iPad and Visual Arts teacher from Australia. During her time with us as faculty in residence we learned about hands-on, tactile and collaborative ways of working with iPads and were introduced to loads of great resources as an outlet for expressing ourselves. We hope to see you again soon Cathy!

Learn more about Cathy’s work on her website.


Grade 2: How We Express Ourselves

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Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Images and language are used to convey ideas and engage an audience

Where does language come from? In the art room we are exploring the history of pictographs – pictures and images representing an idea (for example in ancient Chinese characters). These are a bit different from phonetic languages such as the English alphabet or Egyptian Hieroglyphics, which represent sounds.

How can we create our own symbols to represent our ideas while at the same time allowing a viewer/reader to understand our thoughts? Grade 2 students are creatively brainstorming ways to move from the literal to the symbolic. Give it a try! What kind of symbols could you create to represent earth, nature, cold, light? How about more abstract concepts like love, worry, care or understand?

To connect with these artists/writers from the past we are also learning about the creation of paint through natural pigments. As colour scientists, students are grinding up natural materials such as charcoal, limestone, chalk and clay into earthy ochre tones as well as using coffee as a natural dye.

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Lascaux cave painting (Paleolithic approx 17,300 years old)

Prep: Weaving

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Prep tries out paper and fabric weaving, braiding and threading as we learn how systems can be interconnected and one small part can affect the whole. Little paper strips can be a challenge in dexterity, but large-scale fabric weavings are fun and made up of all kinds of old fabrics. We rescued some broken hula hoops from the playground for our base and will share again with the final artwork! If you have any old fabrics please donate them to the LS art room 🙂

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Artist in Residence: Secret Walls and Green Roof Mural

Can you believe it! We started with a big, blank wall like this:IMG_0482

And two days later we had THIS!!!

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Thank you to our Artists in Residence Peter Yuill and Cath Love for showing us the ropes and helping us get our ideas up onto the 9th floor and 12th floor (Green Roof entrance) elevator lobbies. The results are stunning and a great testament to how committed some of our CDNIS lower school and upper school students are in making their mark and pushing their creative ability. Two days is an incredibly short amount of time to complete murals of this size, and our Green Roof team worked without any air conditioning to boot! Fabulous team effort! We hope to officially unveil the mural on November 11th when Jane Goodall comes to our school to give a keynote speech. Please make sure to stop by and take a look!

Prep: Colour Mixing

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Prep classes have all had their first session in the art room this year! This is always an exciting time as students are introduced to a new space and come full of questions and queries. To start of the year we are looking at primary and secondary colours, and the choices and consequences related to colour mixing through activities such as oil pastel blending, acrylic painting and string printing.