Our Artist Trading Cards

Our Artist Trading Cards have arrived safely at their destination! Mrs S and 5/6CS opened them today so we can now share them with all of our blogging friends.

You can read about more about our Artist Trading Cards Project here, here and here.

Check out the photos of our Artist Trading Cards in the slideshow below.

What do you think our next project should be?

If you made Artist Trading Cards what would you draw?

 

Mystery Skype

Take one borrowed classroom (Thanks Miss Varker and 3V!), a hijacked TV (Thanks Mrs Placek!), 26 super excited 5/6JC students (especially after a wet day timetable), a number of equally excited students from another class somewhere in the world, the magic of technology and you have all the ingredients for a Mystery Skype.

Over last few days we assigned and practised our roles for the Skype call.  We had  Greeters/Question Askers, Clue Keepers, Questions Keepers, Google Mappers, Runners and Photographers.

It was soon time to cover our school logos, take our positions and solve the mystery of the location of our Skypers.

Each Runner took messages from one of the Google Mappers to the ‘Inbox’ question basket so our Question Askers could ask the questions. Our Clue Keeper kept track of the answers where we could all see them and our Question Keepers recorded the questions so we didn’t ask the same ones twice. Meanwhile, the Google Mappers kept narrowing down the area according to the answers from the Mystery Skypers. If we asked questions with a ‘Yes’ answer we got to ask another one. When we got one wrong it was the other school’s turn to ask us a question about our location.

The breakthrough came when Aidan gave a runner the question “Are you in Sunbury?” The answer was ‘Yes’ and we knew we were closing in on our Mystery Skypers.  A quick thinking Ethan Googled ‘Schools in Sunbury’ and we worked our way down the list until we came to Killara Primary School.   We were talking with Miss Fraser, Caroline and the 5/6s of Frole Island.

Thanks to our photographers, Laikyn and Matthew, all the action was captured for you to see in the PhotoPeach below.


 
After each class had solved the mystery there was time for a chat.  We learned that we have some things in common; they are learning about Asia and we are learning about China.  We also found out some differences, including they have six Grade 5/6 classes and two class pets.

Thanks Frole Island for a wonderful Mystery Skype!

 

Have you used Google Maps before?  Why?

What mysteries have you solved?

 

Postcards

You may remember that our first Global Project for the year was Miss Leakey’s Postcard Project.  We each wrote a postcard to a class somewhere in the world.  Slowly but surely we started hearing from classes who had received our postcards…and we even heard from Miss Leakey! 
 

 

Below are some of the postcards and messages we have received.  Some postcards went on quite an adventure to reach their final destination! We still have our fingers crossed that we receive more replies. 

 

 


 

 If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?  Why?

Have you received anything in the post this week?

 

A Super Skyping Session with 5/6CS!

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

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Have you ever received Artist Trading Cards?

Has anyone taught you anything using Skype?

What type of origami do you know how to make

 

We’ve Got Mail!

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?