The art room at St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School is a lively, inviting space, which encourages dynamic and creative learning. A one-hour art lesson is allocated to every grade each week. Throughout the year students sample and explore a wide range of media with a variety of tools, techniques and art materials in the areas of painting, drawing, textiles, modelling and construction.

The aim of each art experience is challenge students to progressively develop and extend their present level of artistic knowledge and skills by encouraging their confidence, curiosity, imagination and enjoyment of art.

Through the process of visual inquiry, opportunities are provided for children to appreciate art. These include exploring art, which has been made recently, artworks from the past, art from a diverse range of international cultures and artworks from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Displays at St Dominic’s are an important aspect of developing art appreciation. They also assist students to evaluate and reflect on their own art works as well as the artworks of others.

3D Steampunk Artworks

Senior students have learned about Steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction that incorporates retro-futuristic technology and aesthetics inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

The study of steampunk allows students to inquire into life in the past and make connections to both the present and future.

They have then tried to create their own steampunk artwork using a variety of materials such as cardboard boxes, cogs, arrows and cones.

To finish the piece students used gold/bronze “rub and buff” to add shine and bronzing to their artwork. This brought out all the textures and gave an aged effect. We focused on texture, assembly and painted finish.

In Digital Technologies classes, students learned how to scan 3D objects into a digital 3D file using Microsoft Kinect and Kinect for Xbox 360 3D depth cameras.

These 3D digital files can then be used to print out the work using our 3D printer, or embedded into websites for virtual viewing (see below).

Watch the video on the right to learn more about the the 3D scanning process.

Contained below is a 2D photo of the 3D artwork, as well as an interactive 3D scanned image that you can touch/click on to view from multiple angles instead of just looking at it as a 2D photo (wait for the object to load/reach 100%).