Friday, 10 March 2017

Walk like an Egyptian......

For a long time now Eloise has been asking and asking to see the mummies at the British Museum. Having seen them in books and cartoons she fell in love. So she could not believe it when I told her they were at the museum. Last half term we finally headed to the British museum to see the infamous mummies.....


I dont think the real life mummies lived up to their cartoon image and she found them all a little scary. She now has a new found obsession with death and keeps drawing dead characters like this one from one of her books showing a dead mouse who has been stabbed in the back just like Gebelein man. To think I taught her this.... how do you explain that to the teachers : )


After all that her favourite part of the day was climbing up and down the steps in the atrium area. Here they are with their rainbow and cupcake protest badges...well I guess the world can never have enough cupcakes or rainbows : )



Thursday, 9 February 2017

We made an igloo......

About a month ago my sister asked me to come into the school to help her make an igloo from milk bottles. The children had been saving milk bottles for months and they were super excited to get going.... Two weeks later we finally made it to the top of the igloo feeling very happy with ourselves. From the outside it looked really cool, if a little wonky.

Here's the 2 cheeky scamps playing inside it....


Having finished it Friday night we left it over the week end only to find it Monday morning like this, completely melted....

I was determined to finish this after all of our hard work. So I went back in on a Friday afternoon with 30 very excited and very helpful little children to put it back together. For anyone else attempting this you really need a base when starting off to hold its shape, which we thought we didnt need, oh how wrong were we! So we moved it into the corner of the classroom so that the corner walls could support the shape and began again to put it back together. 

30 Glue gun sticks, 1 roll of gaffa tape & 1 large bottle of PVA glue later and we were back in business.....

Again we left it over the week end to fully dry out and hold its shape with a little help from some garden canes I found in the shed. When we came back in on Monday morning we found it....all in one piece... hurrah.



The children were amazing taking it in turns to help collect bottles, arranging them into sizes, then working out how many would fit into the rows and spaces and most importantly holding them down to make them super strong. They often worked as a team always offering help and assistance to each other. Whilst they were waiting for a turn they made lots of snowflakes and clouds to add the finishing touches. 
 Who said learning has to be boring. 

Next year we'll be experts : )

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Getting in the mood for summer.....

Another week and another topic, this week we looked at seascapes. Here's my seascape of Holywell Bay in Cornwall which always brings back happy memories. It's looking a bit empty at the moment but next week i'll be adding life into paintings so I'll add some people and a good old wind breaker. 


Here's all the lovely students getting creative...









Thursday, 2 February 2017

Feeling the cold.....

January has been full of germs for me but that hasnt stopped any creativity, maybe slowed it down a little : ) My classes are in full swing and we have one more session until half term, where does the time go?

Last week we looked at a winter snow scene in my Oils and Pastels class and I did a little simple scene working wet on wet. It can be quite frustrating work wet on wet as the paint moves around a lot! But if you go with it and have a little fun experimenting it can be a fun way to work. 


I'm always blown away by the work of the students and there's been no stopping them so far this term. Here's what they created.....










I love the fact that everyone is different and they all bring their own unique quality to their work which is always a joy to watch.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Louise Bourgeois at the Switch House, Tate Modern.....

Happy New Year to you all. Lots of people say how bad 2016 was but I had a great year finished off with a great Christmas. 

One highlight was going to a very posh Christmas do. Paul, the OH, works for a company who likes to treat it's staff and luckily for us we got to go to the Grange hotel next to St.Paul's Cathedral. Here's us being posh for the night.....


Being child free we took full advantage and had a lie in until check out time, such a luxury! I'd been meaning to check out the Tate's new building, The Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron, since it opened so we headed straight over. 

The tanks are an amazing space and almost seem an artwork in their own right especially as they've left original details and ghostly features of its past use, lonely doors and stairs lead eerily into concrete walls. 

I really wanted to see Louise Bourgeois's work. Years ago I dragged my sister to see the spider sculpture that was sat outside the Tate Modern which I loved. The contrast between the dark, hard spider structure compared to the delicate eggs it held close to its body was beguiling and I couldnt wait to see more. I wasn't let down, although I think there's a disturbing element to her work there's also something really soft and beautiful about it.

For more info on the room check out her page here. It's definitely worth a visit. 





Here's the view going across the turbine hall and into the original side of the Tate modern, not for the faint hearted : )

If you havent already definitely go and check it out, the space is amazing there's such a wide range of work so something for everyone plus it's free what more could you ask for.

Here's to an amazing 2017.