25 May 2008

Watercolour Painting

Here are some of the watercolour techniques I needed to think about in order to produce this amazing painting:

Choose a broad brush and use it to wash the paper with water
Switch to a finer brush; wet it and then dab it dry on a paper towel
Select a colour, starting with the palest
Look closely at the colours and shapes you see
Add a bit of detail to show flowers or leaves
Try not to leave any of the paper blank
Dab the last of the water off with the paper towel
Leave it in the sun to dry

Why not come to the classroom and take a closer look at my painting? I would love to know what you think of it.

09 May 2008

Sketching at Chateau de Penthes

Yesterday we took our clipboards, some stiff white cartridge paper and a 3B drawing pencil to Chateau de Penthes. We were going to do some sketching.

I decided to draw the view of the trees. Take a look at my sketch.

How do you think it compares with the real thing?

03 May 2008

Where in the world? continues.....

"I found my story in the India Express. In your body you have a 'body clock'....."

('Is it invisible or not?' asked Swati)

".....which tells you when to go to sleep and when to wake up. It doesn't really work properly at this time of year, because at bedtime, even though you are supposed to be asleep, if it is still light you stay awake."

Matthew exclaimed, 'So that's why I find it hard to get to sleep!'

24 April 2008

Cave Painting (or drawing on the white chalk with a blackboard)

During our Unit of Inquiry on Materials, we started reading the book, 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King. Stig is a caveman who lives at the bottom of an old quarry close to Barney's grandmother's house. Barney finds Stig one day when he falls through the roof of Stig's den. They become friends, even though they cannot talk to each other.

Since the quarry is no longer in use, people throw all their rubbish away down there; Stig is good at finding new ways in which to use old things.

On the same day that they cut down an enormous tree (getting warm once in the process) and then use it to start a fire (getting warm for the second time) Stig picks up a piece of charred wood and uses it to draw an amazing hunting scene on the chalk wall of the den.

Then we had a go at using charcoal and chalks to make our own hunting scene. We dusted the paper with charcoal powder and smudged it to give it a greyish background. Then we used charcoal and chalk to make our scene.

"I like yours because of the way you smudged it," said Vaishnavi.

12 April 2008

Mapping the school

We asked ourselves; how can we show what our school looks like? After taking a walk around the school, we had a go at trying to make a record of everything; from the classrooms to the kitchen, the music room to the French rooms and the library.

Take a look at mine. "I did a view just in front. I found it kind of hard. Well, first I started to draw the rectangle; the whole school, and then I put in our stairs. I did upstairs and downstairs. I think someone else could use my map to find their way. If they wanted to go from Pre-reception they could find the corridor and the stairs and the Class 2 rooms."

How does it compare with the real thing?

28 February 2008

Memory Game

Invented by Per, Maya and Azri

· You need a blindfold

· Put the cards face down on the table

· Then turn over two and feel them
· Keep on going until you find two that you think are the same
· If they are not the same you put them back and you don’t get another chance
· If they are right you get another turn
· The winner is the one who gets the most cards

30 January 2008

What is it like?

My pretty button
This is a button. It is made out of plastic.

What is it like?
It is transparent and shiny. It feels smooth and warm.

My Plastic Bag
This is a plastic bag. You can't really see through it; I think it is translucent.

What is it like?
It is strong and light.

My Necklace
This is a necklace and it was before my mum's when she was small and then she gave it to her cousin. Then she knew I was coming and then she gave it to me. It is made out of metal.

What is it like?
It is shiny. It is not magnetic. It is gold; we saw the hallmark.

My Glass
This is a glass and it's made out of glass.

What is it like?
Glass is good for holding water because it is waterproof. A wooden cup might soak up the water.