Tuesday, 31 December 2013

No New Clothes for a Year.

My New Years Resolution for 2013 was to resist buying new clothes for a year. I made up the rules! I allowed myself new shoes as second hand ones are a bit dodgy. As with underwear. Yuck. I  also allowed myself to sew clothes, which I enjoy doing.

I made it. Today marks one year.

It was no real hardship. I've been a second hand store shopper for decades. It was an enjoyable challenge. I made no more clothes than I would in a normal year. I bought 2 pairs of new shoes. I matched throw away underwear, with new underwear. And had a ball in second hand stores.

I am wondering what long term effect it will have on me. Time will tell. I predict a bit of a shopping flurry in new stores. Then I won't be surprised if the majority of my clothing will be op shop stuff.

Now to plan a new New Years Resolution. Any ideas?

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Holiday time

The Christmas holidays begin today! Six weeks of me time. I will be gathering new ideas, refreshing and resting up. Thank you to all my loyal followers. If you are down under, have a great Summer holiday and to all of you, Merry Christmas.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Santa's on his way. K2

5 and 6 year olds.
The children folded a page in half. They wrote top on the top half and bottom on the other. They also included their name. They turned the page over and used blue and green oil pastels to cover the bottom half. They used bright colours to colour the top.
In order to have success with scratch pictures, the page has to be well covered with either oil pastel or wax crayon.
The children painted over their oil pastel with acrylic paint that had a touch of washing detergent in it. This helps to prevent the paint from chipping off later.
While it dried, the children made observational drawings of reindeer.
The children used a plastic lid to scratch around with sticks and continued to scratch the paint off the earth. This is the bottom half…hence the significance of "bottom' &'top'.
The reindeer and Santa were scratched in the sky.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas Cards

I am picking that this little card is self explanatory. We only used magazine pages and PVA. Even the little decorations on the trees are cut from magazines. (I'm over glitter)

 The children cut out a little stencil of a fairy light. They held it on a page and chalked off the all the edges. Then before removing the little stencil, they smudged the chalk. They linked them with a little drawing of wire.

I made these cards with several different aged children. The year 3 children personalised them well, the year 1 children managed the concept but had trouble keeping the chalk fairy lights clean. 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Rudolph and his buddies R8

7 year olds.

The children made observational drawings of reindeer. I had photos around the room.
They used this sketch to make a drawing of Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. They used indian ink and kebab sticks. Followed by concentrated dye applied with cotton buds. 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

More Schooners M11

7 year olds.

As I said yesterday, I thought I would try this lesson with a younger class. I have made a few changes, for the better I think.

The subject, schooners, has been fabulous. The children loved drawing them and personalising them. Take a closer look at the little 'stick on' people. They got very involved in creating the crew for their schooners.

I had photos of schooners around the room, which the children made fabulous drawings of. They enlarged their drawings using black wax crayon, trying to make the schooner touch 3 sides of the coloured A3 pastel paper.

They divided their page into 3 parts, using two lines, trying to have equal parts of the schooner in each section. They used coloured pencil, coloured chalk and water colour paint to colour each separate section.

I think the coloured paper has increased the impact of this art.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Schooners M12

8 year olds.
The classroom had photographs of old schooners pinned up. The children sketched their chosen schooner, including detail and tones.
They drew the schooner again on an A3 piece of paper. I asked them to try to make the drawing touch 3 sides of the page. It was an attempt to get them to draw large boats. They did well.
They drew 2 lines through their drawing, dividing the page into 4 parts.
Each part was dealt with using a different medium.
Black ink and sticks, water colour paint, coloured pencil and charcoal.
I'm going to try this lesson tomorrow with a younger group of children. 

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas quilts R9

6 and 7 year olds

The children chose a page from a magazine that was mostly green. They glued this onto a larger sheet of black paper.
They added squares that they made out of strips of red and green paper. They added a square in the centre.
The outside of their quilt was made using triangles.

It is quite a simple idea that I think could be developed into something more elaborate with older children.


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