Pastels and Pottery

They’ve been the themes for our creative work this week.

Wednesday’s art group looked at Monet’s ‘The Thames below Westminster’.

Looking at the contrast between the sharp foreground and the misty background the activity was to draw a ‘soft’ background using soft pastels with a sharper foreground using oils.  The idea was to do any scene they wanted.

Sam’s is a background of space and planets with a spaceship in the foreground.

20141121_2Here is his picture study and review on last week’s subject.

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Later in the week we looked at another painting.  Georgia O’Keeffe’s Poppy.  Partly to contrast with Monet’s Wild Poppies, partly to complement our work on WW1 and remembrance, but mostly because I love it.

This is sketched with chalk on a square canvas and then coloured with soft pastels.
20141120_36Final burst of creativity was today.  Jack finished school at lunch time so we spent a relaxed family afternoon in the local pottery painting shop making Christmas presents and decorations.


Collecting Resources (Free Stuff)

With the new academic year on the horizon I, like so many others I expect, keep getting distracted by sparkly new resources.  However, there is not much we actually need.  We are still mid book with Maths and English having started in January with the current set of books, and having bought several years ahead when they have popped up second hand on the lists.

So I have distracted myself by tracking down free resources to support project work (actually got distracted again and started looking at more…).  All the links below provide free resources inc free delivery.




The British Legion produce a fabulous schools pack.  We received the 2013/14 pack but later in the year they sent through the 2014/15 pack off their own steam.

20140731_15Booklet from the OU.  One for older children probably.

Not received these yet as only ordered this morning.  DVD’s from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.



Teaching pack, posters and recipes on grain farming.

20140731_7Masses of resources ordered from various places on the FACE website.


20140721_620140731_8 Posters and teaching pack from the RNLI


Posters and leaflets on road safety



Free sample storystarter kit from Lego Education.