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?

03 May 2008

Where in the world? continues.....

"There was a boy who was on a boat and he was bitten by a shark but he didn't die. His friends fought with the shark and it went away. It happened in America."

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 did the trees," said Matthew W.

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. "The paper size was OK. I started with the top bit (the upstairs). I didn't do the music room but I can point to where it should be. I did arrows because if (sic) you want to go this way or that way. One way goes to Ms. Oakley's room. One way goes to the corridor. I did some outside, like the jungle gym. I missed a few things. It was a bit tricky. It was OK doing it but I didn't exactly like it. Other people could use it to find their way."

How does it compare with the real thing?

29 February 2008

Gold Star

Invented by Justin, Matthew and Naoya

Rules: No ripping
Take turns
Do not look under the blindfold

• Put the cards on the table face up
• Put a blindfold on

• Somebody gives you 2 cards
• You feel them

• Say whether you think they’re different or the same
• If you get it right you get a point
• Who gets the most points is the winner.

30 January 2008

What is it like?

My Spy Watch
I have a spy watch. It's made out of plastic and I think this bit (where the light comes out) might be made out of glass. There is also a magnifying glass.

What is it like?
It is warm and bendy.

My Pipe Cleaner
This has wire inside and fluff on the outside.

What is it like?
It is soft and it can bend; it is flexible.