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 towards the lake and the mountains. Take a look at my sketch.

How do you think it compares with the real thing?

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 the way you made the birds," said Sofia.

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 found it a little bit difficult to do. First I drew the shape of the school (like a big chair). I did some of the outside too. I think I did a good job. I don't think I missed anything."

How does it compare with the real thing?

12 March 2008

My Horsey Friend

This is a horse. I brought it and it's made out of fabric.

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05 March 2008

Things made from paper

This is a cardboard heart box.

Inside it there are lots of smaller hearts.

They are a bit shiny and rigid.

This is a seaside and I made it.

It took me two days to make it. First I had to stick the paper together and then I used tape and paint to make it shiny. I used a candle to make it a bit darker. I used a balloon to make the boat.

Dangi said, "It feels really smooth."
Then Chris said, "But on the other side the wax part feels rough."

Joe summed it up. "The texture on both sides is different," he said.

28 February 2008

Cards Memory

Invented by Sofia, Danah and Michelle

Rules: You are not allowed to look

· First we put the blindfold on
· Spread the cards out, face down
· Feel two cards

· If they are the same you say, ‘SAME’
· If it’s not the same you say, ‘NOT SAME’
· If they are not the same you put them back; give the blindfold to another person
· If they are the same you get another turn
· Whoever has the most cards, they win

26 January 2008


This is a puppet girl and she’s mostly made out of plastic. Her hair is made out of a plastic label and her tee-shirt and skirt is made out of a plastic bag.

‘I like the way that you made her hair,’ said Sofia.

25 January 2008

What is it like?

My Piano
I brought this because the piano is made of plastic and the book is made out of paper.

What is it like?
The plastic is shiny and smooth.

My Castle for Cats
I brought my cat castle and it has things inside made of plastic and it is made of plastic. The cats are made of plastic as well. Everything is made of plastic. There are mice for eating.

What is it like?
It is shiny and hard.

My Mum's Jewellery Box
This is my mum's jewellery box and she just got it yesterday. It is made of wood but the pattern is made from shells. It has metal hinges.

What is it like?
It is shiny and smooth.

My Wallet
This is a wallet and I got it yesterday. It's got a face and it's blue. It's made from plastic.

What is it like?
It is shiny and smooth.

My Ribbon
This is a ribbon and it's red. It is made from fabric. I don't know which fabric. It has Arabic writing but I don't know what it says. My mum could read it for me.

What is it like?
It is flexible and shiny.

My Jasmine Doll
This is a Jasmine doll and she is made out of plastic and I got it yesterday. Her dress is made of sparkly fabric and she's got shoes made of blue fabric.

What is it like?
It is a little bit shiny and her arms are flexible.