Oh my goodness what a week has made to this timid little pup. She's just come out of her shell in the last week (maybe it was spending 3 days on the couch with her when I was sick last week). My greatest joy every day is when I walk into the room, or come home from work and she's just besides herself excited. She's gone from being sad and scared to being a skippedy bundle of puppy goodness. Helps that she's putting on weight and growing and just looks so healthy now. She still has her timid moments, but she's so much better. And she and Loki have hit it off. They look for each other all the time and play like this on the couch for hours!!!
09 November, 2014
Since my dad doesn't follow me on Instagram (hint hint, you only have to follow me dad), I'm going to post some gratuitous puppy photos and videos here for him. I don't love (or even like much) face book, so I only occasionally link my instagram posts too it. So if cute adorable rescue puppies are not your thing...move along.
07 November, 2014
Grade 5 students are doing a unit on observational drawing of organic form right now. I'm loving it. I'm so glad we chose to do this with them. It's really allowed for discovery both artistically and scientifically.
|My sketch book|
I've been buying Cacti, peacock feathers, fish and fruit for them to draw, we also have shells and this lovely lotus pod that one of my students brought in (I want one!)
30 October, 2014
For weeks now my lower elementary classroom has looked like this at the end of the day.
Grade 1 classes have been learning the techniques of collage as part of an integrated unit looking at how artists use tools and techniques with an emphasis on writing stories. We have chosen, therefore, to focus on illustration. We have looked at the illustrations of many interesting artists but focused mainly on Eric Carle and collage (with a fair amount of Lois Ehlert thrown in).
They were very slow to start , cutting out small complete figures and using pencil a lot to define details. It has been a gradual accumulation of skills to get them to look at shapes and texture and colours differently. This is not the end of the unit and they will be producing an illustration to match their text (we are just waiting for homeroom teachers to start producing said text so we can illustrate to it), but I am just so happy with the progress so far.
I've spent the last few days hanging their work in a mini exhibition. I think they are Fabulous! and I love how the painted papers that we made (it seems like EONS ago!) just add a whole other dimension to their work.
|I love the layering in this piece.|
|a giraffe with a hat and a back pack|
|A wonderfully expressive Cheetah (from direct observation of a photo- he was very pleased with himself)|
|one of my students who struggles a bit. "I want to challenge myself", he said to me. A weedy sea dragon with a red sea ; "I'm being creative by making my sea a different colour".|
I'm a little in love with them!