Sunday, May 25, 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.

P.S. This painting was posted as a photograph on, a photo sharing site, and here are two of the comments that people left:

Friday, May 9, 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?

Thursday, April 24, 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 the flowers are realistic," said Isabella.

Saturday, April 12, 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. "It was really hard. I drew our classroom 2i and the library and 2b. I did the upstairs. I did our class first. I think I did a really good job."

How does it compare with the real thing?

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Invented by Swati, Umar and Vaishnavi

· First we spread out the cards face up
· Then put the blindfold on
· Then we have to feel them and try to get a pair the same
· Someone tells you if you are right or wrong
· If you are right, it is your turn again
· If you are wrong it’s the next person’s turn
· The winner has the most cards

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

What is it like?

My Bracelet
This is a bracelet. it is made out of plastic.

What is it like?
It is shiny and stretchy so it can go on my hand.

My Doll
This is a doll. It's made out of plastic and her dress is sparkly.
Patricia said, 'Her dress is made out of fabric'.

What is it like?
Her hair is a little bit shiny and her shoes are dull.
Max said, 'The whole doll is opaque'.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


This is a telephone. This is made out of plastic. I used plastic knives and plastic bottles and plastic straws and a plastic label.

‘I saw the same pictures in a cartoon and I laughed and laughed. I like your telephone,’ said Tanmay.