December 8, 2013
Wonderstruck, a review in less than 25 words.
What can I say!
I loved this book, and so did my kids. It would make a great gift for bookish kids between 6 (would need to be read to) and 15 (especially the artistically inclined)
About 200 pages of text narrating one story and around 400 black and white illustrations telling another.
It was magic, inspiring and insightful.
I will read everything Brian Selznick writes…. and give them to others as I have opportunity.
Next month…. Nancy Wake by Peter Fitzsimmons
October 22, 2012
October 21, 2012
This weekend 14 year old has been putting the final touches on her year 8 major art project.
Part of being at a school that focuses on the visual arts is that the school can indulge in a few quirky assessments.
For this project students from year 8 to year 10 are given about 8 months to complete an HSC style ‘self directed’ piece of art. The time frame and the open-endedness of the project means the students learn lots of things about time management, focus, and exploration.
Having one idea that develops over months is very confronting for a generation used to instant-ness, but she has done so well.
I remember how stressful it was doing 2 major works for the HSC (all those years ago), especially for my Mum….
….I am hoping that the 3 years of practise prior to the real deal will all be as enjoyable for both of us.
More photos to follow.
September 18, 2012
Our schools annual art show happened again this last week.
I am always astonished and delighted by what primary school children can create.
I find it extremely inspiring……I hope you do too.
August 29, 2012
Yes ‘How Pinteresting?’ is still interactive. Please leave your ideas for pinning in the comment section below.
But….to continue with my extended book week posts, I have put together a group of images related to the book.
And don’t worry Ali….. I have pushed your idea for pinteresting caravans and airstreams until next time…… hope you don’t mind.
July 22, 2012
This week I start art class after a very long break.
More out of convenience than anything else I have enrolled in ‘continuing projects’.
The problem is….. I am sort of starting a fresh rather than continuing so I need your help.
Over that last couple of months I have been collecting still life images (because I am fascinated by the comfortingness of them). I think I would like to recreate them as drawings or paintings or collages …. or maybe even something all together different. I would love to experiment with stitching and fabric within works too.
I just don’t know where to start.
Please help me out by letting me know in the comments which images appeal to you and how you would like to see them recreated. I am not promising to obey your every visual wish but your feedback would help enormously. Thanks.
Please give me some direction…. even if it’s just the number of the picture.
….and yes, I will do some updates as to how the classes and paintings are going.
May even have a give-away, but only if you help me know where to start.
June 26, 2012
At the beginning of the year I bought this bag for 12 year old to take to school.
It was a little too small from the beginning and was pushed to it’s limits many times.
….. and ….well it broke.
The closures came away and it got a ‘cannot be mended’ hole in the base.
She was very sad because she really loved the illustration…… so I upcycled it into a new bag.
I used the picture as a zippered front pocket with a little pen pocket to the side.
She needs a bag for her extras…. PE clothes, dance clothes, drama costumes….that sort of thing.
I even reused the original bags inside pocket on the new one.
The black bag was already made I bought it at BlankClothing for about $4.
November 11, 2011
September 1, 2011
This one is so easy you could do it today ….I love craft activities like that!
P.S. Sorry about the quality of the pictures. The light in our lougeroom is a shocker.