Thursday, May 26, 2011

the last of the clay

Today we looked at Giacometti for inspiration and, using a pipe cleaner armature, tried to create small figures in a similar style by pressing on clay. Not sure they'll survive the drying process but they looked good when freshly made!

A page from my sketchbook - being a Northern lad I penned a couple of pigeon fanciers;

Friday, May 20, 2011

even more clay!

Seem to be on a sculpting binge lately - must be something to do with the tactile nature of clay. We started with a simple thumb pot (pinch pot) and went from there.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

frogs painted

After looking at images on the internet, we painted our clay frog 'sculptures' today. Glad to say that only a few pieces broke off during the drying process.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

new painting

Just painted up a pic as a thankyou gift for someone who helped get a sticky problem sorted. Had to take it with flash, daylight gone.

Hope she likes it.

Acrylics, ink & collage on canvas board.

20 x 20 cm

ribbitt ribbitt

Another frog - I love the expression on this one - I wonder what he's looking at!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Following on from our 'life circle' sketches we ventured into 3D. We had a go at making frogs from simple balls and sausages of air-hardening clay. I think they've turned out quite well. I only hope they don't crack up when they dry out. We'll paint them next week (or not).

Thursday, May 5, 2011

life circles

In science we are currently 'doing' life cycles. In art therefore I showed the children how easy it was to create recognisable images from circles (life 'circles'). I demonstrated how they could use the same basic template to create pictures of a wide variety of animals - see my 'here's one I did earlier' pics for the polar bear, dog, lion and elephant. I also showed them that the lion could, by the judicious use of spots, stripes etc., become virtually any big cat.

Have put together a very rough dummy copy of my 4-way story book and have decided to send it off to agents/publishers to gauge the response - wish me luck.