Saturday, 18 July 2009

D's Banner and T-shirt

I met up with the other mum that was collecting D's bits from art yesterday, so sooner than expected, here they are.

The children spent two sessions making felt. D kept all his to one theme, smiley faces. The next week they had fun and dyed fabric. The last week he was there, they put the two elements together and made a banner. I now have to get some hooks to hang it on.

The last thing D did, was to paint a t-shirt.
What could I do, but laugh when I saw this. I do love his sense of humour, but believe me, there is an element of truth in this!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

D's Art Exhibition

As it was D's last art class last week, he brought home his work. They are in no particular order. D definitely has some that he prefers over others, but they were able to explore different styles and themes. There are a couple of pieces to come, but they weren't dry at the end of class. One of the other mum's will pick them up this week, and we will get them some time during the summer. I will show you them as soon as we get them.

Here is D's collection of art work from the last term.

Many of the pieces that the children did, were cut to size and formed a concertina style book. D decorated the front of his using different colour papers in ever decreasing squares.
I have another version of this striped style on the wall in the kitchen.

The mosaics are made from wallpaper. The print is from a paper doily

Experiments with ink

Of course, it always makes sense to have the title at the back, lol

As soon as we saw this one, we said sound waves, and that is exactly what it was.

The first lesson they had, they were asked to do some mood paintings. This is excited,

and this is sad.

This was done for shapes, obviously circles.

The great thing with what D has been doing, you can see the progress from one picture to another. The class had a vase of lilies on the table for them to use.

This was his first attempt, then one of his teachers, gave him some pointers on how to improve. This was the second attempt,

and this is the one I saw when I walked into the room. I was really impressed that D had been able to produce such a beautiful piece of art.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

I managed to keep it a surprise

I am so used to planning out the weeks and days with the boys, that when I booked for them to go to the theatre, it has been difficult not to let the cat out of the bag.

J asked in the morning what we had to do, so I just said I had an appointment at 1 to pick something up in town, so we would have a picnic in the Winter Gardens.

We happened to be there in time for some dance performances from schools around the city which had been created for the children's festival.

After coming back from the Library, J began the interrogation, trying to find out what I was getting. Fortunately, it was cut short as D wanted to go to see the exhibitions at the Millennium centre.

Leaving J reading his library books, D and I went to see Timorous Beasties first. This was an exhibitions showing textiles designed using the John Ruskin collection as inspiration. It may have been strange to see bugs on fabric, but it was fun.

The next exhibition was so fascinating, we may have to go back for a second look. It was called Out of the Ordinary Spectacular Craft. The exhibits were made from a range of products using paper, metal, wood, glass, and lace. The time and effort that went into some of these pieces were amazing.

D and I both chose the same exhibit as our favourite. It was made up using pins, drawing pins, knives, forks, desert and tea spoon and small bulldog clips.

The bulldog clips were arranged to form a small circle in the middle, with the cutlery arranged in a larger circle around. The pins were then used to form patterns that were once used to decorate the cutlery that made Sheffield famous.

We had to cut short our visit so we weren't late picking up the tickets for the theatre. As soon as we arrived at the door J knew what we were seeing. We saw the Horrible Histories production of the Woeful Second World War.

The boys thought it was fabulous, especially the 3D effects in the second half.

It was well worth the effort of keeping it secret.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Last busy week

At last weeks art session, D dyed fabric. Apparently it is to be used as a base for another project they are doing. When I went to pick him up, he was beginning to stitch together a felt collage picture. That has to be completed this week and I can't wait to see what he does.

Monday was the last of the woodland sessions, and they had a fun time with a fire making popcorn and toasting marshmallows. Over the course of the sessions they had been making seats.
This is J's seat, and here is D's. His is the only one done with the seat this way up. He has to be different.

D also made this pendant out of clay. Each of the five 'dips' represents the individuals in their group. This is going to be a permanent reminder of the friendship they have made.
Today is the last of D's Spanish lessons until September and this afternoon they are in for a treat.