Today at the National Gallery, we explored several amazing pieces…
We carefully considered the paintings during discussions led by the Education Officers at the Gallery.
Some groups considered, for example:
– What is the main part of the picture?
– What does the piece remind you of?
– What mood does it evoke?
– What sounds/smells would you experience if you were in or near the scene?
– How could we use aliteration to describe the scene?
The aliteration examples below describe a painting called The Poultry Yard…
Furious Feathers Flying in the Farm (Alexander 3/4M);
Flying Feathers in a Flock (Alaska 3/4O).
– How could we create a haiku poem to describe the painting, making sure we had 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, then 5 in the third line.
Here is an example of a Haiku poem created by Georgia in 3/4M about the painting Ulysses and the Sirens
Tied Up to the Mast
Sirens call to men on boats
Crashing on the waves
At the Melbourne Museum, we spent time looking at The Human Body exhibit.
Students compared their height to that of an Irish giant and a Sicillian dwarf, they learnt about the different organs food passes through as it travels through the digestive system, the various x-rays and other scans that doctors might use to help diagnose and respond to medical problems, the process and reasons behind ancient Egyptian mummification, and the number of genes that combine to make us who we are!
Some students also enjoyed exploring Bunjilaka, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the museum. A highlight was seeing Bunjil, the eagle creator being. This kinetic sculpture was unlike anything most students had ever seen before. We would recommend it!
Follow up tasks
- Students, you may wish to describe to your parents or siblings your favourite painting or exhibit from today OR
- Use the approaches learnt at NGV today to explore a painting or image you have at home OR
- Create a Haiku poem to describe a scene of your choice!
Thanks to parent-helpers
A big thank you to our parent-helpers. Your assistance helped to make the day run very smoothly.