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Winter Art 21/12/2010

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Well, I’ve had a break from posting on this blog…but it hasn’t really changed what we do, so thought I would share a few of the boys’ latest beauties with you all 🙂

Here are some tea light lanterns they decorated yesterday. I can’t find link to tutorial but basically you mod-podge the jars, add strips of tissue paper and torn sheet music (this is “Winter Wonderland”) plus bits of glitter in our case 🙂 They look beautiful with the little candles in:

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The boys have also made some lovely paintings of winter trees:

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(and yes, that is some more glitter!)

We have continued with the Sketch Tuesday and are all seeing real improvements in our sketching abilities. The boys have picked their favourites from recent assignments:

Gman likes his “something to cure a cold” sketch:

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And Waif was especially proud of his “something you find in a toolbox”:

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Oh, and we’ve been doing more Van Gogh inspired art. Van Gogh is both boys’ favourite artist at the moment.

Here’s Gman’s vase of flowers:

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And Waif’s:

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This will probably be the last post of 2010…see you in 2011. Let’s hope it’s a good one!

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Edible Science Experiments are the Best 03/07/2010

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Gman has started on his latest project – Rocks and Minerals.  This has given us a great opportunity to make some toffee and honeycomb…oops, I mean igneous rocks :-).  Here’s how to do it:

First, put a greased baking tray in the freezer for an hour or two.

Place about 500g sugar and a few splashes of water into a saucepan.  Heat until melted and golden brown.  You need to stir fairly constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn and stick to the bottom of the pan.

Use oven gloves to take the baking tray out of the freezer.

To make a glass like substance, simply tip the mixture straight onto your baking tray.  It will set almost instantly, but certainly be ready to hack away and eat (er, study) after 10 minutes.

If you want to make a pumice like rock, then add a teaspoon or so of bicarbonate of soda to your mixture before you pour it onto the tray.

The honeycomb (oops, I mean pumice) is particularly good with ice cream ;-P.

As well as the rocks project, the boys have also been enjoying recreating more artistic masterpieces, including this Pollack-inspired masterpiece:

Waif got up one morning deciding that today he would “do” Van Gogh, and produced several small pictures, carefully copied from a little book of Van Gogh pictures that we picked up at the Fitzwilliam Museum.  We put them all together and made a display poster:

Aren’t they fab?

Those that saw this earlier post will know that we like to home educate as thriftily as possible, so we were quite excited to find that a local primary school which was closing and moving premises was holding a book sale.  For £2 we got a stack of educational books, including a massive poetry book just in time for next week’s poetry themed home ed group.  Yay!

Painting and Sewing and Stuff 25/03/2010

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We have been continuing with our Impressionism’ theme and Gman has nearly finished putting his first lapbook together on the subject (pictures will follow!).  In the meantime we have visited the excellent Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to check out their Impressionist collection (and were also wowed by the Ancient Egyptian stuff there) and painted some more in the style of famous painters.

Firstly, the boys did these paintings, inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”:

Gman's painting inspired by Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Gman's painting inspired by Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Waif's interpretation of Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Then, we had a go at using some unexpected colours for everyday landscapes, in the style of Paul Gauguin.  Waif chose to paint orange grass, purple trees, a green and blue sun and a red sky.  He loved choosing different wacky colours for his:

Waif's wacky colours

Gman was a bit more hesitant about the whole colour thing and initially referred to a colour wheel so he could select the “right” wrong colour (!) but he soon got into it.  He chose to paint from a sketch he had made on the train to Cambridge of things he could see out of the window.  He has blue and yellow grass, orange gravestones, purple barns and a green sky with blue clouds, with a purple window frame round the outside:

Gman's crazy colours

Gman has also been turning his hand to sewing some napkins this week.  He has made two reversible napkins using the sewing machine and is very proud of them.  He has even put pictures on his own blog:  here and here.

Gman shows off his new napkin

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” 😉

Muddy Impressions 28/02/2010

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This week we have mostly been playing in the muddy woods and painting in an Impressionist style.

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