Monday, March 9, 2015
Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away.....there were space cats! They started out as cats at night, (see Deep Sparkle Space.....) but some very imaginative children turned them into space cats!
They were drawn with sharpie pens, colored with water colors, and cut out. Do you see the space ship made with glue and glitter?
Some of the cats came right off the page! Space cats!!!!
Monday, February 16, 2015
We finally named our charity knitting group. Vanessa, one of the knitters, came up with the name. Olof stands for Our Lady of Lausanne. I crammed most of this beautiful work into a large shoe box! It is going to explode when Dianne, the woman who runs the knitters' charity in Turkey, LILY, opens it!!!! LILY stands for Love in the Language of Yarn. Dianne, a British woman who lives in Turkey, and her friends, sew the squares into blankets for children, and she hires a driver to take all of the blankets, clothing, and other donations to Syrian refugee camps in Turkey. She also started a bakery near a Syrian refugee camp and delivers bread every day. You can see more about her wonderful work on the LILY facebook page.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
While those dried they started working on the penguins. First they drew a big "U" on black paper, and cut it out. Next, a smaller white "U". Two "D" shapes made wings. They cut out eyes, beak, and feet.
The expressions are so individual and adorable.
A bit of silver paper from Pepperidge Farm cookies adds a lot of sparkle!
This penguins says, "I'm cold!"
Next week I will have children finishing penguins, finishing the following project, "The Princess and the Pea," and starting new projects! Three projects! How do you handle absences and different work speeds? I really want children to be able to work at their own pace, without rushing anyone...but...yikes!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
They can draw on the paper bag while it is flat. They can add color with watercolor paints, but I urged them not to get the paint too watery. As usual, a sample project by me was an inspiration for lots of their own enchanting and individual ideas, as you can see.
We had some white paper ready for them to make a roof, folded in half, so they could cut both sides of icicles at the same time. We helped them size their roofs so that details on the houses wouldn't be covered up. We wanted them to glue the roof on top but a few children found the stapler and used that.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
I knew it was going to be a pretty town, but I could hardly believe my eyes.
I feasted my eyes on the murals on the buildings in the square around the Town Hall. Switzerland has taught me to appreciate the subtle beauty of a grayed down color palate.
We saw a battle demonstration.
The dragon handler is at the end of this row of booths. There was also a blacksmith.
This is the fur stand, next to the longbow and arrow vendor. We also saw the potions lady, her hair wreathed with herbs and ivy, a man grilling sausages, a fortune teller, some Gandalfian staffs, hand-tooled leather book covers, jewelry, including cape pins, and a Medieval costume seller.
I wish you could see this painting better. The drawings of the animals really inspired me.
What an amazing place, and what a wonderful place to visit.