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Art in the Garden 24/05/2010

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Yesterday I took the boys to a marvellous art exhibition called “Art in the Garden” which was held in a beautiful garden in the nearby village of Fincham.  Here’s a selection of some of the installations/sculptures:

Of particular relevance to us (as a family opposing local plans to build a waste incinerator) was this installation:

Everything is made of plastic that cannot currently be recycled in Norfolk ie will sit for hundreds of years in landfill.  A beautiful, colourful piece of art but a sobering lesson.  Here’s the text that the artist had posted alongside it, hopefully it will be readable:

After looking around the garden, the boys also used pencils provided to make their own pictures, which will be laminated and displayed in the artist’s studio.  Here’s Gman with his “volcanic ash cloud” picture:

Last week we had a few days break at Center Parcs.  One of the advantages of being a home educating family is being able to visit attractions during the less busy term time :-).  The boys loved being able to ride their bikes all around without any traffic, as well as playing in the wilder parts of the woods.  They also swam, played crazy golf, went bowling and had a go at painting some pottery:

All in all, a lovely week!

We have also had yet another visit to Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve – still our favourite place for a walk – and the boys practiced their balancing skills and cheesy grins:

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New Best Place Ever and More Impressionist Art 12/03/2010

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We have had a busy few weeks of living and learning (can you have one without the other?).  On a lovely sunny morning last week we went exploring at a local nature reserve we had never been to before – Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve.  Here you can see the old Wolverton Cliff (now 2km from the sea but 6,000 years ago at the sea’s edge) and explore the bog using the boardwalk.  There was, of course, plenty of mud 🙂  Gman officially declared this the “Best Place Ever” so I am sure we will be returning for more adventures soon.

We have also been continuing on our Impressionist theme.  Gman is putting a lapbook together on the Impressionist artists, while Waif is happy just to join in with the painting.

The boys have:

Painted trees in the style of Monet:

Waif's tree painting

Gman's tree painting

Created cityscapes in the style of Pissarro.  Firstly using sponge painting, secondly using oil pastels and water colours:

Gman concentrates on cityscape

Waif adds to cityscape

Finished sponge printed cityscape

Gman works on his wax resist cityscape

Waif creating cityscape with oil pastels

Gman's finished watercolour resist cityscape

Waif's watercolour city

Tried out pointillism in the style of Seurat:

Waif tries out pointillist technique

Gman gets pointy

Waif's pointillist island

Gman's pointillist beach scene

When they haven’t been painting, the boys have been enjoying various computer based activities.  Gman has been playing BoulderDash, a game resurrected from Daddy’s game playing youth.  Waif has been feverishly working his way through the Alphablocks game on the CBeebies site, and then translating this into words to make from his wooden alphabet bricks.  I was a bit surprised when he asked for help making the words “x-ray”, “exit” and “hospital” and was relieved that the following day, the most important words of the day had become “brown”, “flake” and “aero” 😉

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