Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Art class...

Two weeks ago, I went to a printmaking workshop with the talented Caryl Plant. I'd done a printmaking for teachers class with her two years ago and was hoping this class would give me some more inspiration  in making a mess at home  for teaching printmaking at school.

We used shellac to make print templates using old curtains and embroidery hoops

(I did one positive and one negative design to keep as demo pieces)

We also cut stencils from easy-cut paper
(More babushkas, couldn't help myself!)

and we were allowed to use Caryl's silk screens to take a print of some of her more popular work

It was basically a repeat of the class I'd taken two years ago, so not quite what I was hoping for, but a fun afternoon nonetheless... Am hoping to be able to do some of these things with kids at school - maybe even toward the end of this year (depending on how the littlest Ephraims behaves himself).


PS Don't look up Shellac in a dictionary if you enjoy eating skittles...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mothers' Day 2010

What a difference five years makes! Here is Mothers' Day 2005:

Mum is holding the teddies she made for our 'bumps' and Bek and I are pregnant with Jakey and Zander.

Here is Mothers' Day 2010:

Jase took the group shot and the kids took the photos of each other... I wonder what Mothers' Day 2015 will look like?

Finally jumper weather :)

Yay! Finally the cooler weather is with us. The kids have been playing outside in the afternoon sun wearing jeans and jumpers for the first time this year. I love being a mum - her crooked piggy tails and his dimples always make me smile.

Here is the latest 'project'. Last term we had a couple of people come into the school to talk to my class about Antarctica. The kids thought it was great - especially because the guest speaker brought photos of machinery, wildlife and offered a bag of dress-ups to complete the presentation (ie something for EVERYONE). To say thanks I thought I would give them a cup filled with lollies and chocolates and (because the talk was on a place that was cold) I decided to make jumpers for the mugs... Inventive.. or just plain Crazy..? I'm going with cute! Will see what the reaction is when I drop them off this week...

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