Thursday, 29 August 2013

Fruit M10

7 and 8 year olds.
I chose apples, pears and strawberries because of their identifiable shape. The children chose one of them and drew this on the black page with pencil. They had access to magazines and paste. They were to create an image of the fruit with the light landing on one side.
Several children had difficulty dealing with the light issue, but some managed to sort out the different reds or greens and move from light to dark. The shadow that the fruit would have cast on the table was hard for them to manage. It would have helped to have the real thing in front of time.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Tube City K6

5 and 6 year olds.

The children really got involved in this project. As you can see, some have been more prolific than others. The idea came from It is very simple. I provided a piece of thick card for each child and a heap of cut up coloured scraps of paper. I gave them glue sticks which by the next morning had secured the little tubes quite nicely onto the card.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Art Auction. "The Night"

Art auction.
We have had a very successful art auction. We raised about $20,000 to be used only for the arts at our school. It is the best haul yet. $14,000 last time. We have had an art auction every two years since 2005.  I am absolutely exhausted. I lost my voice on the night and spent most of the weekend horizontal. I have been part of all the auctions, but in a bigger way this year. 

We invited families to the afternoon part, with food, coffee and art activities. They could view the art and place bids online, for the silent auction art. A 'pop up' band came to entertain us. They were fabulous. 

The evening part was more refined with bubbles, craft beers, wine, canapés and a DJ. The live auction atmosphere was excellent. Our auctioneer kept a perfect pace. We were concerned that we had too much art for one evening, 60 pieces, but it was all done in 2 hours.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

school art auction

We have a bi-annual Art Auction this Friday evening. It's been a lot of fun putting it together. The team I'm working with are excellent. We are all a little frantic at the moment, trying to predict what needs to be done to avoid disaster on the night. We have about 90 pieces of adult art to auction off, half in a silent auction (which we have put online as well) and half in a live auction.
Take a look at our school website, We have the images up for viewing.
I have also undertaken to have a piece of art from each child on display on the night...more than 450 pieces, am I mad?

Monday, 19 August 2013

Liebster Award

A Liebster Award

Thank you Beth at It's art Day, for nominating me on my birthday! A lovely treat.

By the terms of the award:
  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 5 or more other bloggers who have less than 200 followers (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!

1. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My Dad.
        2. What is your favorite record/album/cd
Babylon Circus
        3. What was your first paying job?
Newspaper delivery run
        4. What was your favorite childhood sitcom?
The Munsters
        5. What is your favorite car trip snack?
Hot chips
        6. What is your favorite news show?
TV3 news
        7. If you could travel overseas, where would you go?
        8. Where do you plan to retire and when?
To share my time between Hawkes Bay and Wellington, gradually over the next 5 years.
        9. What is your best childhood memory?
Evenings with my family on Pohara beach
       10. What is the best thing you like about your job?
The freedom and variety
       11. Who do you admire most and why?
My mother for her calm and gentle way. 

Five random facts about me;
1. I've been the first on a murder scene.
2. I am not buying new clothes for a year. (8 months down)
3. I love happy kids.
4. I'm a morning person, I love going to bed early.
5. I don't like walnuts and parsnips.

Bloggers I admire for their down to earth ideas and regular blogging...

And questions for my nominees.
  1. What is the number one reason you started your blog?  
  2. And what is the number one reason you continue it?  
  3. What have you learned from the blog? 
  4. How much time do you spend per week on your blog? 
  5. What has surprised you about the blog?  
  6. How do you keep fit? 
  7. What did you imagine you would grow up to be, when you were a child?  
  8. Your favorite food?  
  9. Favorite pass time?
  10. Your next big thing?  
  11. Guilty pleasure?

Birthday treat

I have been absent for a few days. We went to Vanuatu for my birthday. We had a lovely time. I recommend it for the food, the calmness and the beautiful coastline. The Nivans (people of Vanuatu) where tranquil and charming. Our accommodation was more than we expected. We could lie in bed and see the coral reef, past the palms, sand and lagoon. Ho hum. I continued to add to my sketchbook of 100 drawings in 100 days.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Grumpy Cat R8

7 year olds,
I began this lesson by looking at grumpy cat drawing on.artprojectsforkids Thanks for the inspiration Kathy.
Many of the children had heard of "Grumpy cat" from his internet fame. We looked and discussed what made him look grumpy. We wanted to capture the grumpiness with charcoal. So we had a few practices as you can see above. I didn't want to offer too many guidelines as it is their interpretation that is important. We did spend a bit of time looking at proportions and relations between parts of his face.
I emphasised working out to the sides of the page and making the charcoal look like fur.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Paul Klee inspired V4

9 year olds.
I showed the class paintings of houses by Paul Klee. We discussed colours and colour groupings. We discussed shapes and sizes of shapes in his work. The children marked their page up into small mostly geometric shapes, with occasional suggestions of houses. e.g., roofs or windows. The colouring was done with tiny brushes and watercolour paint.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Pinwheels K8


New entrants, 5 year olds.

As a vehicle for experiencing many different mediums, these pinwheels worked well. I found the idea on Many thanks. I think it is an idea that would work at many levels.
The mediums we used were black ink, chalk, charcoal, water colour paint and coloured pencil. The squares we used were 30cm x 30cm. 


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