30 November, 2009

Starry Night

Last week for our Discovering Great Artists lesson, we learned about Vincent Van Gogh. We used his famous painting, Starry Night (above) to copy. We used either black or dark blue paper, some of the children made houses or other buildings with paper collage. We used oil pastels for the landscape and then added stars, moons, clouds and more blue sky with acrylic paints.

Here are the girls' paintings:

Bethany (11 yrs)

Ainsley (7 yrs)

Emily (9 yrs)

Ruby (3 yrs)

Below is another "starry night sky" painting by Van Gogh, it's called

"Starry Night over the Rhone"

I tried my hand at this night-time cafe scene,

"The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, at Night"

Check out this wonderful website, The Vincent van Gogh Gallery for a wonderful presentation of his paintings and much more.

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05 November, 2009

A Light-hearted Take on King Henry VIII

Today for her English, Emily had to write a poem - either funny or serious. Discussion ensued on what she could write about. Bethany was in the middle of a report on King Henry VIII's wives, so I suggested Emily write a limerick about him.

This is what she came up with:

Henry's Wives

by Emily

Two of the wives of Henry the VIII

Had a very fatal fate (beheading)

Two of them were forced,

at the King's command to be divorced.

Then one had died,

and one survived,

and that was the end of the wives.

~ all because he wanted an heir!

Silly Henry!


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