Learning and Teaching 

Celebrating our Artists!

Over the last term, all classes have been engaging in Art with Ms Nathalie through Google Classroom. Families have been very resourceful in their use of materials and extremely creative in the pieces that are being produced. Ms Nathalie has written learning intentions for the children and her success criteria outline the process they need to follow. In light of all the hard work the children have been putting into their art, we would like to share some of the pieces with you.  



The Preps have been creating collage pieces by drawing simple shapes and cutting, tearing, layering and pasting to create creatures. There have been lots of creative pictures added to google classroom using a variety of materials.


Last week the children were learning to create a nature collage creature. To be successful they needed to:

  • collect natural materials from their garden or the park
  • create a background first
  • cut the paper parts by themselves
  • plan and arrange the collage before pasting
  • use natural materials and some paper to create the collage

Watch this video to see and hear Alessandra explain how she made a collage monster. 


Year 1 and 2

The Year 1 and 2 students have been exploring the artist Matisse and his cut outs to create their own collages. Matisse was a painter but he became very famous in the last years of his life for using brightly coloured paper and creating interesting arrangements of shapes onto white paper. They became known as his cut outs.


The children were learning to create a sea inspired collage/cut out inspired by Matisse. To be successful they needed to:

  • plan a three layered piece including; background, sea grasses and people swimming
  • plan the background first with coloured paper
  • plan the sea grasses
  • plan the people in a swimming position
  • paste the work neatly
  • cut the paper neatly and carefully


Year 3 and 4

The Year 3 and 4 students have been exploring origami. Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture.  


The children were learning to create an origami arrangement with a minimum of 5 pieces. To improve their folding skills, they needed to repeat the piece 5 times. To be successful the children needed to:

  • make and present 5 pieces
  • watch the clip attached and choose a project
  • follow instructions and make neat, crisp folds
  • make an interesting arrangement with the 5 or more pieces


Year 5 and 6

The Year 5 and 6 students have been exploring the art of Japanese Notans. Japanese Notan is a design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements (positive and negative) as they are placed next to each other to show contrast without the distraction of colour. It is all about creating balance and creates very exciting and powerful designs using only paper, pencils and scissors.


After becoming familiar with notan over the term, the children needed to create a detailed notan. To be successful in this, they needed to:

  • use the samples shared in the task to understand what they needed to do
  • choose to do a face/animal or an abstract design
  • plan and draw a detailed notan including more than 5 cuts
  • cut the shapes with care and precision
  • glue the work neatly and choose colours that contrast well


Well done to all of the creative artists at Corpus Christi School!


Deborah Courtney

Director of Teaching and Learning