Thursday, 12 January 2017

Magnetic Train

The children got a 3 month subscription to STEMbox  for New Year. The theme this month was magnets. One of the experiments was to make a train using magnets, a battery, and copper wire. Here it is in action.


Drawing Bikes

By R
I wanted to prove to the children that observation is very important when drawing. They wanted to draw some bike for a competition entry so first I asked them to draw a bike from memory.

By R

By L
Next we did a blind contour drawing looking only at the bike not the paper. This focuses the brain on observing.

By R

By L
Then we got down to a serious observational drawing. I think you can see that drawing from observation makes a much more accurate picture than drawing from memory.

By L

By R


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Drawing - Line

By L
We are trying out drawing classes from The Virtual Instructor. Our first session was on line. We tried out blind contour drawing where you are not to look at your paper, only the object and your pencil must never come off the paper. We found it really focused our attention into looking at the object and then when we drew again looking at the paper we got much better results.


By R
We tried a little shading too.

By R

Happy New Year


Happy New Year everyone! This year instead of travelling across the Nullarbor we spent new year at home eating loads, swimming in the pool and opening presents.







Monday, 26 December 2016

Elizabethan Inspired Slashed Fabric Art


We have been reading about Elizabethan times. We were inspired by the slashed style of clothing of the time to make these slashed fabric art pieces. The children used the sewing machine to make some basic outlines on a stack of felt and organza. They used tiny scissors to cut away the fabric to reveal the layers beneath. To give it that royal look they attached gold flakes and lots of gems.

By R

By L

Stained Glass Windows


As part of our history lessons we have been studying stained glass windows. The children made these lovely examples using Paint and Peel; a type of paint that dries with a clear plastic texture and can be peeled off and stuck to windows.

Drawing


L has been drawing some cute sea creature cartoons. Whilst R has drawn a very detailed mountain bike trail map.