Wednesday, January 25, 2012


As part of their studies into the 19th century, Y3 went to the local museum today. Amongst all of the exhibits relating to the textile industry, there was a temporary exhibition of bicycles - from Penny Farthings to modern carbon fibre mounts and everything in between. The children sketched bikes in as much detail as possible. Back at school this afternoon they were given wooden wheels, matchsticks and wire, with which to create a sculpture! Some didn't turn out too badly though I'm not sure I'd want to ride full-sized versions!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

two's company

'Me 'n my girl'

13x18cm, mixed media on canvas board.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

round and round

As part of our studies this term we are looking at the Victorian period. In art/technology we are making moving toys. Following on from last weeks Thaumatropes, today the children made spinning tops, by quilling thin strips of card. They worked reasonably well !

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

me 'n our lass

As it says on the header - a mixed media piece depicting a young couple.
Perfect for Valentines surely?

13x18cm, acrylics, collage & ink on canvas board.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

on yer bike

Years ago, groups of like-minded folk used to form clubs and go off cycling of a Sunday afternoon. I remember reading in the local newspaper, notices informing members of that weekends forthcoming jaunt. Here's a little painting depicting a 'Sunday Wheeler' enjoying his day out.

13x18cm, mixed media on canvas board.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

new painting

Another 'Northern' painting, this time depicting the oft heard cry of, 'Room for one up top'. Result - one happy chap and a queue of disgruntled fellows behind him.

13x18cm Mixed media on canvas board.

Friday, January 6, 2012

a is for...dragon

One of the teachers asked me if I could help her y2 (aged 6 & 7) children draw dragons - they are looking at China. I quickly scribbled her an image based on the letter A.
Here are some of the resulting children's pictures. I think they've turned out very well, with each child creating a unique depiction of a mythological creature! I particularly wouldn't want to get in the way of the last dragon as it whipped it's tail around!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

hi ho

Sums up a little of how I felt first thing- but the day brightened when the children turned up!

'Off to work we go'

13x18cm, mixed media on canvas board

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

new year

Back to work tomorrow (actually been in today but it was a training day). So, maybe one more toast to the new year - which funnily enough (!) is almost the subject of this mixed media piece. Four chaps taking the opportunity for a swift, refreshing beverage after a hard days graft at yonder factory. Them indoors surely wouldn't begrudge their menfolk a sociable drink before coming home - would they?

13x18cm, acrylic, collage & ink on canvas board.

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