May 28 to June 1st

Aboriginal Masks

Students will apply the elements of pattern and color to create harmony and unity. They will continue working on their Aboriginal Masks using dot painting to create intricate designs.



Art May 21-25

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Dot paintings are now internationally recognized as unique and integral to Australian Aboriginal Art. The simple dot style as well as cross hatching maybe beautifully aesthetic to the eye but has a far more hidden meaning and deeper purpose; to disguise the sacred meanings behind the stories in the paintings.

Students are making their own designs to decorate Aboriginal Style Masks.For more information click on the following link.


Art May 14-18

Aboriginal Mask


Students will create a dotted, colorful mask from handouts and paint them in the style of Aboriginal Dotted Art.They will use special tools and techniques to apply the element of color to create balance, and the element of shape to create harmony through the use of dotted patterns.

Art May 7-11


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We are pleased to invite you to attend our art exhibition on Saturday May 12 in the secondary school hall.  We are proud of how our students have matured and developed as individuals as well as designers and artists. The work on show will display the diverse range of skills, talents and techniques, not to mention hard work and dedication.

During this week students will prepare their work for the exhibition.

Art May 2-4

Totem Poles

Students will finish creating their Totem Pole Projects. They have chosen a spirit animal for each family member. Students have designed their projects using examples from Native America Art.
The origins of most Native American decorative designs cannot be traced accurately today; most of them are lost in antiquity. Many obviously came from natural forms, while others are simple developments of geometric or lineal motifs.

Art April 23-27

Totem Poles


Students will finish adding color to their Totem Pole Projects this week. They will be using markers as a medium.

The Indians originally used pigments made from clay and roots.  The colors were very bright and became subdued after the pole had weathered several winters.  The symbolism of the colors changed a little in different parts of the United States.   Therefore we have attempted to give only a general meaning to the prevalent shades.

Meaning of Totem pole Colors

WHITE: This color is used, along with other light colors, as a background and predominating shade.  As a rule it symbolized the skies and spacious heavens.  It also stood for purity, peace, and death.

Red: Generally this color stands for blood, war or valor.   Sometimes it is used as appears in nature, such as the crest of a red-headed woodpecker, the scarlet tanager or frequently the tongue of an animal.

Blue: This color was most commonly used as the symbol for the rivers, waters, and lakes, also the skies.  Certain tribes even used used it for mountains in the distance.  It stands for sincerity and happiness. Berries formed a large portion of the natural materials for this color.  Western clay and pigments of the canyons also lent varying hues to this effective color.

Yellow: The natural abundant materials made this color a very popular and predominating one. Clays, roots, and tannic barks furnished the natives with dyes.  Yellow reflects the symbol of the sun, light and happiness.  Yellow dye is readily make from tree moss.

Green: It may easily be realized that this color represents the earth, the hills, the trees, and mountains, so common in all Indian legends.

This color may be obtained by mixing two primary colors, yellow and blue, or it may be made from simple acid action on copper. In certain sections of the west and northwest copper was rather abundant. Other parts of the country used the juice of grasses.

PURPLE: Huckleberries give a very good substance for dyeing and the Indians used this commonly. Purple is an excellent color for recessed Portions of the carving and for symbols of a reverent nature. It stood for mountains in the distance and general conventionalized signs.

BLACK: Mud from sulphur springs and other earth deposits made this color available to the Indian.  As a rule it stood for power.

Art April 16-20

Totem Poles

Students have finished designing their totem poles; they have demonstrated great skills in understanding that designing a totem pole requires a lot of thought. They represented each family member with spirit animals. Students also were very perceptive in the sense that there is a particular style in Native American Art, geometric like figures and patterns are very evident in this type of art. The totem pole is representative of Northwest Coast Indigenous cultures and art forms. Here are some examples of students work.

Art April 9-13

Totem Poles


6th grade students will continue designing their Totem Poles. They must find a spirit animal for each member of their family. Using the list of spirit animals provided on:

They must also research examples of totem poles to create their unique design. Students will be applying the elements of line, color, and shape to create the principles of variety, proportion, and harmony.

Art April 3-6

Totem Poles and Dream Catchers

Students are finishing their Dream Catchers, some have already finished. Those who are not finished should conclude their projects this week.

Totem Poles

Totem poles are sculptures carved from large trees, such as the Western Red Cedar. In North America, totem poles are part of the cultures of many indigenous of Alaska, British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Totem poles serve many purposes beyond their beauty, and their meanings are as varied as the cultures that make them.

Some totem poles represent stories or important events. On these poles, each figure on the totem represents part of a story. These totems are used as a way to record the history and legends of the tribes.

Figures on a totem pole are not gods to be worshiped. Instead, they represent traits and characteristics each clan or story embodies.

There are many other types of totem poles. Genealogy poles are erected in front of a family’s home to represent the owner’s clan or social status. Memorial poles are carved in honor of a deceased clan member. Mortuary poles are also raised in honor of the dead and include a small compartment for the ashes of the deceased.

Students will find the spirit animal that represents each member of their family at to create their totem poles. They will be using markers as a medium.

Art March 19-23

Dream Catchers

Students will continue to work on their dream catchers. The dream catcher is a handmade craft originated from the Native American culture. The tribe made their own dream catcher to protect their newborns. People today believe that dream catcher would filter out all bad dreams and spirits, let only the good dreams and positive thoughts enter our mind.