Abstract Painting: Wassily Kandinski

This week we have been inspired by the 19th Century Russian artist, Wassily Kandinski.

Kandinski art is easily identified by the use of shapes: the circle, square and triangle and his use of bright, bold colour. 

He also loved cats and painted is famous painting, ‘Kandinski Kats’ is one of our favourite paintings.Kandinski Kats

The Middle Department explored colour and shape to create a piece of abstract art of their own.

Their efforts look amazing.


Introducing Another Great Artist: Paul Cezanne

Our studies in art appreciation have included looking at famous landscapes, portraits, abstract and still life works.

Paul Cezanne (1839–1906) lived in France.  He was a Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations for a new and different world of art in the 20th century.

Cézanne’s  repetitive, exploratory and small brushstrokes are clearly recognizable.

He is famous for still life paintings.

His famous painting is called ” Still Life with Apples” .

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne








Cezanne explains still life drawing is…“not copying the object,” he wrote, “it is realizing one’s sensations.”

Look closely at the painting. Take notice of the edges of the fruit in the bowl.

Also the right corner of the table tilts forward, and is not aligned with the left side.

Some areas of canvas are left bare, and others, like the drape of the tablecloth, appear unfinished.

Cezanne encourages us to wonder about his perception of apples arranged carelessly on a table.

How can you use paints to create depth in your still life objects?

Our Magnificent Mosaic

 Middle Department students are creating  mosaics in the art room this week. 

We have attempted to recreate our very own masterpiece that has been at the front of our school since 2009.

LLPS was lucky to receive funding for an ‘Artist in School’ project.


The amazing mosaic depicts landmarks and birdlife around Lara.

Hovell’s Creek runs through Lara just as it runs through the mosaic.

The You Yangs stand proudly and birdlife is attracted to wetlands and bush.



Art Appreciation Questions

1. What do you see?

2. What do you think?

3.What do you wonder?

Back in the Art Room


1. The Preps will learn the art of  printing using a rubbing plate.

This is a technique where we will use a block with a pattern that has a textured pattern on it.

We will place our paper over the top and rub the crayon over the top.

Just like magic a pattern will appear.

Did you know that this was how printing was done a very long time ago?

Printing using rubbing plates.

Printing using rubbing plates.

2. The juniors will learn the art of stamp printing using lots of different objects for a stamp.

We will try using a three prong fork to create a beautiful field of tulips.


3. The seniors will attempt the art of etching.

Etching is a type of print made by scratching marks onto the surface of a metal plate. We will be using old CDs that have been painted.
The effect is beautiful.

You may like to design a pattern using some inspiration from ‘Turkish motifs and Pattern’ on Google Images.

The artists and craftsmen from Turkey use their simple designs and bright colours on their pottery and rugs to make their masterpieces.

Do you like the etchings from Grade 6?


What’s happening in the Art Room this week?

Introducing the famous artist from 1800s,

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh began using a different style of painting we know call ‘expressionism’.

His paintings have vivid colours and strong lines and they express emotions.

The Starry Night, 1888, oil on canvas, located in Paris Museum

The Starry Night, 1888, oil on canvas, located in Paris Museum

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Vincent Van Gogh was an unusual man who spent most of his time alone and in his bedroom. This painting of his bedroom is quite neat but apparently most of his life was a mess.

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In 1889, after cutting off his ear and giving it to a lady, Vincent van Gogh entered an asylum in France. There, in the last year before his death, he created almost 130 paintings. Within the first week, he began Irises, working from nature in the asylum’s garden. Each one of Van Gogh’s irises is unique. He carefully studied their movements and shapes to create a variety of curved silhouettes bounded by wavy, twisting, and curling lines.

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If you ever go to the National Gallery in London you will see Van Gogh’s most famous painting, ‘Sunflowers’. It was painted during a brief period in his life when he was happy and optimistic. The use of the colour yellow reflects this. He painted fast and he put the paint on very thick, sometimes straight from the tube.

Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation is the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art.

We can ask the questions:

1.What do I see?

2. What do I think?

3.What do I wonder?

Can you see the expressionism used in Grade 6 art?

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