Friday, 28 December 2012

Liebster Award Nomination

Thanks to Kay at, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award - an award given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Thanks Kay, it's great to get a recognition from a non art teacher.  The Liebster Award lets people with newer blogs know that they are appreciated, and it also helps spread the words about new blogs. 

These awards are a little like chain letters. I can understand if others don't want to continue if nominated. I will as I think the intent is positive. I am required to pass on the recognition to others who are new to blogging. Also to write random things about me and answer questions asked by Kay. 
Random stuff.
I've been married for 31 years.
I became dairy intolerant 3 years ago...bang, covered in a rash.
My 29 year old son is covered in tattoo's.
I ran a marathon in 4 hours 12 minutes.

Kay's questions.
1.  When did you decide to become a teacher? When I was about 8.
2.  What is the biggest reward in teaching? Creating with kids.

3.  What is the biggest challenge in teaching? Keeping fresh.
4.  What is your most embarrassing moment? Water skiing and my bikini top rose around my chin. Did I let go?
5.  When were you the most proud of yourself? Being part of my children's lives, turning them into gorgeous adults.
6.  Who is your role model?  In teaching, it would be my dad, who was an inspirational teacher.
7.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why? I've done a lot of travelling and every destination has something special. The next trip is to India in April. I'm curious and apprehensive. I'm expecting a country of extremes.
8.  What is your favorite sport? Swimming.
9.  If you could write a book, what would it be about? Teaching art.
10.  Where did you grow up? All over New Zealand, my folks were teachers and they went where the jobs were.
11.  What is your favorite children's book to read aloud to your students? Paul Jennings short stories.

I'd like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award;
Erica at 
Kristen of
Elizabeth of
Joe of
Miriam of

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Premio Dardos Award

I’ve just been awarded the Premio Dardos award! This is a virtal award as a gift from one blogger to another. It's a way of recognising and thanking the effort we put into our blogs. 
Thank you so much Elizabeth. To be recognised is a buzz and excellent motivation to keep going.
I'd like to pass this award on to the following arty bloggers who keep me inspired. 

Joe of You manage to weave art into your day, as a reliever at several schools. You include every childs art on your blog. Your ideas are crisp and I have adapted many of them. 
Mary of You have my blog on your blog list. So how can you not get my vote. I concider you as a founding blogger. Your art ideas are endless.
Hope of You tackle complex art lessons. You are supportive of your fellow bloggers.
Mrs C of You delve into the use of materials thoroughly and offer bloggers interesting and clear insights.
Dmasse of I like the way you've been dealing with the same lesson is a variety of ways. 
Gabriela of I have used several of your ideas over the year, as I have found there are many layers to your lessons.
Phyl of You have been a constant during my 10 months of blogging. Now that you don't have a regular art class, I am still drawn to your blog as you offer life after art teaching.
Pat of You have a frank and no nonsence approach I enjoy. And you are a art blog guru.
Holly of You provide practical ideas with variety.
To accept the award, you simply
1.) Link back to the person who nominated you
2.) Display the award icon and
3.) Nominate others whose blogs you admire for these qualities.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Happy Christmas

I will be focusing on relaxation, my family and friends and my own artful endeavours for the next few weeks.  This is where it will be happening, our Hawkes Bay house. The grapevines are already quite a bit bigger since I took this photo.  It is a very nice environment for "chilling out".
Thank you to all my faithful blog followers. Without you these last 10 months, this blog wouldn't exist. I am very motivated by your comments and following, which in turn has allowed me to see and react to what you are doing.
Best Christmas wishes to you all and those of you who are having Summer holidays now, have a fabulous time.

Friday, 14 December 2012


9 and 10 year olds.
Rachel Olsen, a New Zealand artist from the Coromandel, often paints Summer scenes. This painting of a beach bach has been printed in black and white in order for the children to create their own colour palette.
They used oil pastels as the colours are strong and there is a wide range of colours to choose from. They also blend well.

Monday, 10 December 2012


8 and 9 year olds.
Pohutukawa is our Christmas flower. It comes into bloom around Christmas each year. The students made an observational drawing of a flower. They made a cardboard relief of their drawing. They made layered wax crayon rubbings, adding more detail as they saw fit. We could go on to make ink prints from the cardboard reliefs.

Thursday, 6 December 2012


Scratch art
8 and 9 year olds
I was approached by our local Member of Parliament and asked if I could get children to design images that could be turned into Christmas cards. She would choose from those we offered her and she would send them out as her annual Christmas card. It was a great honour as one of our students was chosen and she came to thank her.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012


6 and 7 year olds.

I provided the materials. Wooden pegs, thin wire, fabric and lace, pipe cleaners, hot glue guns which I controlled, thread. They spent a little time drawing what they wanted their angel to look like. I set them off with a few ideas such as how to attach the wire for angel wings so it wont slip. The rest was up to them. When a child created something different, I asked them to share their idea with the class. The children bounced off one another for the day and made some very interesting, child centered angles.


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