This will be the last post on this blog as our school year ended in December. The Grade 6s are off to Secondary School and the Grade 5s will be Grade 6s in 2014.
We would like to thank everyone who has been part of our blogging journey in 2013. You have all helped flatten our classroom walls and we have been able to learn with people all around the world. We would like to thank all our family, friends and teachers who have visited our blog and left comments for us to read. It’s been a big year!
We have been very lucky to work with different classes on a number of collaborative projects. We say a HUGE thank you to the teachers and students who have blogged with us throughout the year, especially the following people:
* Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 in England for being our ePals, Skyping with us on several occasions, including singing Christmas carols with us and leaving lots of comments on the blog.
* Rinku and Vaila in England for teaching us about India.
* Mrs Monaghan, Mrs Todd, Mrs Gioia, Ms Majithia, Ms Williams and their students, along everyone else, who helped us research articles for Global UPdate, our magazine about life and learning worldwide.
On Thursday night we shared our art with family and friends at our Art Exhibition. The central learning space was transformed into a gallery full of everyone’s art work from the year. It all looked incredible! We would like to thank Mrs Lewis (our wonderful art teacher) for helping us to create such fabulous pieces of work and displaying them so creatively. We love art!
You can see some of the art on display in the slideshow below.
Yesterday we Skyped with some very talented artists and ‘origami-ists’ (is that even a word?!) from 5/6CS in Tasmania. At the start of the term, Mrs S and 5/6CS sent us Artist Trading Cards and we created some for them. The only problem was that we didn’t know how to make the fancy little paper card holders. So, we Skyped with them and they taught us!
Some students in 5/6CS stayed in during their lunch time and showed us how to turn one piece of A4 paper into a card holder with four pockets. It was easy to follow most instructions but we had to keep on checking to see if we followed them correctly. Our sound was a bit dodgy to start with but we fixed it by the end of the instructions, just in time for our chat. We had to ask them to sing the alphabet whilst we tested our sound. We think they thought it was a strange request!
When we finished we all held up our card holders and 5/6CS cheered and clapped. We were proud of 5/6CS for their wonderful instructions and proud of ourselves for following them correctly.
After we made our card holders we had a little chat. Some of us were able to talk to the artists who made the cards we received. Ideally, you are meant to meet the artist who makes your cards face to face. However, we need to collect a few more 5 cent coins before we can afford a trip to Tasmania!! So, Skype was the next best thing. It was wonderful to talk to the person who created the cards we received.
After our Skype call, we got a little carried away with the card holders. Some people decorated and made some more using coloured paper. Most of our card holders are ready to be sent. We hope to have them in the post by Friday
This week we received a surprise package in the post. Early in the year Mrs Smith from 5/6CS in Tasmania invited us to take part in an art blogging project. Except, Miss Crowther didn’t tell us! So, when the parcel arrived we had no idea what was in it…and at first we thought they had sent us cereal!
Watch the slideshow below to see what was actually in the package.
Artist Trading Cards are original works of art produced on mini cards. The idea is to trade them with others, a bit like football cards. The project was initiated in 1997 by Zurich artist, M.Vänçi Stirnemann.
Some of us first met Mrs Smith and her students last year when we did a Mystery Skype. One of the best things about having a class blog is making new friends. We’d like to thank Mrs Smith for asking us to make and trade Artist Trading Cards. It was awesome! We have finished our cards and they will be in the post very soon. We won’t put photos up until Mrs Smith and 5/6CS receive them, otherwise it would spoil the surprise!
What things do you like to collect and trade?
What theme would you use for your Artist Trading Cards?
Today something really exciting happened! Marc McBride, the illustrator of Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest novels, visited a local shopping centre. He spoke about what it is like to be an artist and showed us how he creates his masterpieces.
It was really interesting to see how Marc uses contact when he is working. He places contact on a sheet of paper where he does not want the paint to go. He didn’t show us this step but it’s likely that he puts contact on the whole sheet, sketches the outline of the drawing and then peels off the contact inside the drawing. In the photo below, there is a dragon in the centre and contact all around.
Contact – the secret ingredient!
Marc does a lot of his work on computers. However, today he showed us how he uses an airbrush to paint pictures. Did you know, that sometimes it takes a whole week to do one picture?
Time to use an airbrush to bring the dragon to life.
He said that it’s impossible to make a mistake and that is why he likes painting. Some other tips Marc shared with the audience were to use opposite colours to make things stand out, start with light colours and then use darker ones and if you are using a pattern make sure it is all the same shape.
Stencils are handy tools for artists.
Marc peeling off the contact from around the dragon.
Contact removed. Ready for a background.
Once the contact is removed it is time to work on the background. You can use stencils to help create the background and use dark colours to create shadows. Marc did this on the dragon’s legs and joints.
The finished product.
It was a terrific opportunity to see and hear how an illustrator works. Thank you to the local library for organising such a wonderful guest to entertain us during the school holidays.