Art Sessions: Painting Our Environment

In Sydney, we are currently experiencing the hottest summer on record, and Rivendell Students have been interested to explore this trend across all Key Learning Areas. We have begun art sessions at Rivendell this year, with a focus developing painting skills and looking at the Australian environment as inspiration.

Last year, our students were highly engaged when working with environmental artist Maria Debris. They collected rubbish from the local Rivendell foreshore and created sculptures from the rubbish they collected. Our students became highly aware of the devastating impact humans have on the environment and made positive changes at Rivendell School inspired by their art making.

Continuing on this theme, we have begun the year looking at The Great Barrier Reef and the effect that warming water and pollutants are having on our natural environment. 

Students developed their painting techniques and were inspired by the paintings of Sydney based artist Laura Jones in her ‘Bleached’ series. 

For this task we used black paper and chalk to sketch up or coral florets.

Students developed their painting techniques with a focus on tonal variation. We are looking forward to exhibiting these works at the Storyweavers exhibition later in the year.