Art Analysis


School: Hamilton North Public School

Name: Mr Archiwool

Commodity: Wool

What years and classes were involved:

K-6 – All students , teachers and the community were involved in one way or another, from Bessie our YFC visit, to Shaun’s shearing demonstration and all of the small things in-between (for example food drive for Oz Harvest, Bin Free Tuesday to cut down our waste, naming our calf and so much more!)

A number of people contributed significantly to our entry.

Editorial Team – Hayley, Mabel, Ava S, Bella and Ava W – photographers, researchers and bloggers

Archibull Design /Art Team – Jasmine, Lily Mae, Lainey, Renee, Grace, Hayley, Bella, Ava W, Ava S, Mabel and Ruby E. Design influence, painting and creating artwork.

Rappers – Leo, Kate, Alex, Bessie, Aidan and Kaiyu led by Miss Sophie Cowan

Digital Video / green screen and editing – Miss Sophie Cowan, rappers, Mr Josh Sparke and Mrs Emma Novak

Community – Xanthe Roxburgh ( What Xanthe Saw) – knitting and photography

Shelly Brandon, Sue Deakin and Tricia Franks knitting

Bob Franks (CNC Unique)wooden template for and construction of Bessie’s house

Teacher Team – Mrs Trudy Ramsay ( Archibull coordinator), Mrs Emma Novak, Miss Sophie Cowan, Miss Amy Drew and Mrs Kelly Deakin ( Principal) – allocation of time, sharing load, design influence and theme.

Theme: Field to Fashion – We have used Bessie’s quote , “ With just sun, water, grass and sheep we can clothe the world”.

Concept: The students have tried to make the calf look like a sheep. The grass underfoot is representing the land and food, the house represents Bessie’s place, Burragan. Moving up the legs reflects the wool process from greasy to scoured to carbonised to wool top. Finally reaching the calves body the cow is wrapped in 100% Australian wool, knitted in places that it was impossible to wrap. The colours are inspired by the Newcastle Logo , tying the cow back to our home city . In turn, connecting the city with the bush, consumer with farmer.

The sun is represented through the calf’s sunglasses , water via the water tank and clothes / fashion hanging on the clothesline ( HNPS school colours red shirt and navy pants). With grass + rain + sun and sheep we can clothe the world is on the facia of the board on one side. Bessie’s quote is on the opposite side, NEWCASTLE logo on the rear like a numberplate and Mr Archiwool on the front.

 Stylistic influences: The Newcastle logo inspired the colours, Bessie’s house photos inspired the home at the base of the calf ( thank goodness her clothesline was a basic one!) The wool wrap was inspired by looking at wool art , it was actually spotted on some vases and bottles in google images. The children’s designs all focused on field to fashion which made a good fit with Bessie’s quote.

What makes your Archibull unique: The calf is entirely covered from head to toe ( the only exceptions being his mouth and soles of his feet) in 100% Australian wool. He is sitting on Bessie’s Burragan and has our school uniform on the clothesline.

We love him!!! He is ours and he is going to be very very loved!

back view front top image front view legs close up

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The HNPS Archibull Teams

Now that we are at the end of our journey we look back and realise how many people have been a part of this wonderful amazing process , however they are spread out over our blog so we will put them into one post.

Firstly Bessie Blore Thomas our YFC – Amazing and wonderful she has gone above and beyond to make sure that HNPS have had the best possible experience.

Lynne Strong – Thank you for all of your support and guidance and for making this whole experience available to schools.

Emily King, “Shaun the Shearer” and AWI – We could never have imagined people to be so generous, professional and efficient. Sheep shearing in our very small city school was spectacular, our whole school community were blown away.

Our School Community – everyone got on board, our blog has reached far and wide across the world from Indonesia to Germany, from Singapore to the UK and many places in between.

Archibull Editorial Team – 5 very dedicated year 4 girls Bella, Ava S, Hayley, Ava W and Mabel worked through lunchtimes and recesses to keep this blog going and they are now officially wool and technology experts!

Archibull Art Team – Amazing designs, commitment, negotiations and a lot of mess, these girls have done an amazing job. From kindergarten to year 6 Lily Mae, Jasmine, Ruby, Lainey, Renee, Grace, Mabel, Hayley, Bella, Ava W and Ava S.

Archibull Rappers – How amazing is their video!!!! To be able to write, record and even direct their own music video all in lunchtimes and recesses is very clever . Thank you Alex, Bessie, Aidan, Leo and Maya. So proud of you!

Archibull Knitting Mums – Xanthe and Shelly thank you, thank you!!! Xanthe not sure what we would have done without you, you are a knitting genius. Thank you!

Archibull Teacher Team – Kelly Deakin ( Principal), Trudy Ramsay, Emma Novak, Sophie Cowan and Amy Drew. Thank you ladies, without a team of teachers like you this project is not possible. Even though the original ideas unfortunately couldn’t come to life it has evolved into something amazing anyway!

Numerous others helped out along the way, for example the K-6 Environment Club but if we try to mention names we are sure to accidently miss someone. So , thank you everyone who was involved.



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The Finishing Touches

5pm tomorrow is our deadline for everything to be complete and posted to the judges.

We were busy today touching up the final bits and pieces, a massive thank you to Xanthe one of our super mums who we could not have done this without!

We love our Mr Archiwool! He is going to have a very loving home here at HNPS!

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Awesome knitting mums

Thank you Shelly and Xanthe for your hours of knitting we think you are awesome!


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Getting his glasses on

Our calf has now gotten his new glasses




As you can see the cows sunny’s are looking into the sun.

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Kindergarten 2015 Connecting Night

Kindergarten connecting night was great. Our calf was the star of the show. All the parents loved the calf.




Our  cow met all the  lovely parents of our new kindergarteners starting next year.

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Our Book Week Parade

On Tuesday 9th of September our school had our book week parade and it was amazing. There was some great costumes and the calf was on show, even Fluffy (one of our chickens) had a awesome time.

We had a second hand book stall which was a great hit there were planty of books for all ages.There also was lemonade stall and from that we raised $120.

Can you find the cow in the picture??


We had lots of fun at bookweek.

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