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.....

"My story starts like this: 'Robot Space Truck Docks With ISS'. A huge new space truck has just docked with the International Space Station, delivering supplies of food, water, air, fuel and equipment. When it is empty it will be used as a giant rubbish bin."

Azri was intrigued by the idea. 'Why do they need a giant rubbish bin?' he asked.

(This is a map of space)

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 man and the birds," said Azri

23 April 2008

Tuesday Newsday - Where in the World?

With our current unit in mind, this week we tried to tell 'Where in the World' our news happened.

"The first South Korean astronaut was on the capsule that was supposed to land back in Russia but missed the target by 400km. That would be like heading for Geneva but instead, ending up in Zurich! Luckily, everyone on board was OK."

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 think I have remembered everything. I found it hard but I kind of enjoyed doing it. Now I feel proud. I did the gym first because that was the last place I was in before we started. I think someone else might be able to use my map."

How does it compare with the real thing?

05 March 2008

My Shiny Sticker

This is a sticker. The back is made from a kind of card. If you peel it off it's sticky underneath.

There's something special about it. It's shiny and silver.....

but when you move it you can see it has lots of different colours.

If you look closely you might be able to see a face.....