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?

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 how you drew the horse," said Michelle.

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 really really difficult. First I did the kitchen. I'm not sure if I have everything in the right places. I think I might have missed something. I would like to see if someone else could use my map."

How does it compare with the real thing?

28 February 2008

Memory of Feelings

Invented by Patricia, Joe and Isabella

· Lay the cards face up on the table
· Put the blindfold on

· Then you have to feel two
· If they are the same you keep them and you keep going
· But if you get the wrong one, it’s the other person’s turn
· The one that has the most cards is the winner


This is a paper thing and it is from MacDonald's. First it was a box and then I just ripped around it and it made a little carriage. It's a little bit shiny on the outside and inside it's dull. If it got wet inside, I think it would break.

If you look carefully you can see the 'serrations' that made it easy to rip.

This is a fairy that I made and it's made out of paper. I put a little bit of string on top of her head so it can hang on something. I put some scotch inside so that the feet get stuck and she can sit like a real person.

22 February 2008


I got this when my tooth fell down. Inside there were candies and I already ate them. When I woke up I couldn't find it and I looked everywhere. Then I looked under my pillow and there it was.

It's made out of fabric and the zip is plastic. I think it is a 'man-made' fabric. It came from oil.

This is a teddy bear and I got it when I was three years old. It's made of fabric.

Joe said, "I wonder if it's man-made."
Patricia answered, "I think it's a man-made fabric because it feels like that. It has a crackly noise like sweet papers."