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So last year

Last year I resolved to post art lesson ideas and photos. I was so busy getting to know my new school (I work at two different schools) that it didn’t happen!

By far the biggest highlight of 2014 was the Alice in wonderland project I did with my upper primary students. They exhibited their artwork at the local library, and the exhibition ‘Journey into Wonderland’ got into the local paper.

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imageI also enjoyed teaching students about the sumptuous, lush, bold work of Henri Rousseau, the whimsical work of Chagall and the quirky fabulousness of Perth born artist and author, Shaun Tan.

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The biggest challenge last year was teaching art to kindergarten and pre-primary students. I found this to be difficult because of short attention spans, and also the speed at which they work. A year 5 project may drag on for four weeks, but for the little ones I had to constantly come up with new ideas. We used a lot of mixed media, and I tended to run three activities at a time for kindy students.

I am excited to see what 2015 holds for me, what a privilege it is to be able to teach art! 😃🎨😃
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Alyssa Kanitsch

As an artist, I am deeply inspired by imagery that explores tangible metaphors. This is perhaps why I am drawn to the world of fairytale, fantasy, dreams and iconic or religious artwork; especially from artists in the early renaissance. In many of my paintings, I try to use images, landscapes and objects to weave together a story or a sense of nostalgia and distant memory. My favourite art medium is acrylics, however, I also love mucking around with mixed media and pastel, and I occasionally work with oils. I have been known to paint furniture, murals and surfboards, mostly because I love to surround myself with the energy of colour.

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