Category Archives: Art Lessons


A sensory playground seems the perfect place for some student art! So we came up with some creative handmade concrete pavers…

and.. Together The Moyhu ARTvan and the Whitfield District Primary School community explored the Magic of Mosaics!

Firstly, students learned about and practised lots of direct and indirect methods of mosaicing with paper and design objects.

Then, the Mosaic Magic day arrived.

Students started to get creative with colourful tiles….

smashing the tiles
smashing the tiles

Next, the students worked on a bed of even sand, to embed their tiles upside down in a crazy patchwork or simplistic geometric design. This is called the indirect mosaic method.


Next, we took turns mixing a slurry of sand, water and cement to pour carefully over the tiles so they would stay in place.

Slowly and carefully we cover our design with first layer of cement.
Slowly and carefully we cover our design with first layer of cement.

Leave the slurry to set just a little, scratch some lines into it, ready for the final layer of cement, a drier consistency, forming the back of the mosaic paver.


Leaving the pavers to dry for a few days in the beautiful North East Victorian sunshine…. we then had the…

the big mosaic reveal

Students admired their designs.

mosaic patterns

Recycled house tiles, smashed crockery (not ideal for pavers as rounded edges), river stones and shop bought mosaic tiles are all potential materials…

rocks and tiles

Finally, the meticulous and pleasant job of brushing away the sand.

Our pavers are ready to grace the sensory playground and be a reminder of the time spent in the creative process of Mosaic Magic!


Thank you to all students who gave 100% of their creativity to this project, to the teachers and parents of Whitfield and District Primary school, and visiting artist and teacher, Jacquie Coupé.

Happy Mosaicing!

Moyhu ARTvan


Fabulous Faces art activities

Fabulous Faces

The Whorouly Art Van has started the year with a unit on Portraiture and Faces.

Students have been experimenting with creating faces with rocks, plastic fruit and even their own bodies

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………And we have experimented with creating expression too



We have looked at the 16 th century Italian Artist, Guieseppe Arcimboldo whose portraits represent the seasons and were made up entirely of fruit and vegetables. Amazing!


And after completing some tricky Arcimboldo puzzles and creating more faces out of plastic fruit, puzzle pieces and wooden blocks, students began their collages.


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We started with photocopies of tree textures, students cut out their face shapes, some deciding to include the neck and shoulder as well. They selected  pictures from nature which included shells, flowers, rocks, sticks and eggs and experimented with placement and facial expression.


The results were fantastic!

We have such creative students in our country schools!


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Cool Collage!

…And the 2015 school year for the MOYHU MACC (ARTvan!) begins with a fun art technique called COLLAGE.

Collage is a French word coming from the verb COLLER, to stick or to glue…

…so Collage is sticking down paper, card, fabric, ribbon etc., in a beautiful design.


At Greta Valley and Winton Primary Schools, we have started our term’s exploration of collage.


  • good glue stick or two
  • scissors
  • good quality images ( old national geographics or fiction and non-fiction picture books from an op shop are awesome)
  • backing paper or card. We worked on A4
  • scrap paper


To glue properly is an art! Take a scrap piece of paper bigger than the piece you are glueing. Glue absolutely everywhere  on the wrong side of image, starting with the outer edges. Remember the outer edges!

Keep an eye out for accidental finds…today, I was about to glue the wrong side, which turned out to be a more ideal image than the right side!


To rip or cut? Include both techniques to create an interesting pattern.

You can cut around one part of the image, or cut around the whole image including the background.

Experiment with ripping the paper both ways, to show the white tear line or not.

Students choose a theme

Your theme will depend on where you are sourcing images… National Geographics are great for:

animals (tropical / cats / dinosaurs / reptiles)

nature (flowers / trees / sky / water)

People (faces / hands / eyes / colourful costumes)

ME (things I like / beautiful places)

colours (monotone / complimentary / contrasting )


Cover the whole page working from big to small images, from outer edges to middle. These make the job less fiddly, however, you could leave these guidelines out and let the kids discover those lessons for themselves…

Students can overlap the edges of backing card, and go back and cut to the A4 size at the end.  The art work below is an example of leaving the edges there.


Enjoy exploring the art of cool collage! More collage experiments to follow!



Making Pinatas at Springhurst PS

The students at Sprinhurst Primary School are making Pinatas. Here are some quotes from the students:

“Pinatas are awesome. Mine’s going to be a reindeer when we decorate them next week – I can’t wait!!”

“Making pinatas is excellent because you get really messy and it’s lots of fun. Next week I’m going to decorate it to make it look cool”.