Friday, June 29, 2012

masks made

We have been making masks ready for our plays. They are deliberately over-size 'so that the people at the back can see the characters'. These two represent Theseus and the Minotaur. Simple card/paper construction with button embellishments. All we've got to do now is write the plays!

Monday, June 25, 2012

ice cream

As part of our German lesson we went to the local ice-cream parlour today. The children all had to ask for their choices in German. Back at school we only had about 15 mins left before home time - so I dug out one of my ideas from way back when and showed them how to create recognisable images of people using an ice-cream cone as a starting point!

Should you be interested, I've got copies of the how-to book - 'Snow-cone Figures' - listed in my Etsy shop.

Friday, June 22, 2012

fridge magnets

In Enterprise club this week we made fridge magnets. We covered MDF 'wheels' and wooden shapes with patterned papers. Self-adhesive magnetic strip completed the assembly. I like the way one girl chose to begin creating a range of patterned animals. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

peg doll

Arabella Peggotty is a refined young lady. She is confident and poised. It wasn't always thus - she had a lowly start in life, but through persistence and a winning personality has managed to overcome all the obstacles life has thrown at her. She is now looking to broaden her horizons further - you'll find her in my Folksy shop (button on the right) patiently waiting for the right person to come along.

She stands around 13cm tall and is made from a wooden peg, a lollipop stick and a carved wooden bead. Her joints are secured by thread and vintage Fench nacre buttons.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

more hand-drawn cards

Have been doodling some more cards - not quite finished as I want to outline the figures with a thick black line. Have got 3 'designs' at the moment - 'footy', 'me and my girl' and 'girls'.
£5 for 3 original pieces of art - what do you reckon?

A6, single fold, ink & pencil crayon

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Meet Abigail Spooner
From very humble beginnings, Abigail has grown up into a feisty, quirky young lady. She has very individual tastes and strong ideas about an eclectic range of things. She cares nothing for fashion trends and prefers odd, mis-matched outfits. She has a particular liking for bright red shoes.

She stands around 13cm tall and has moveable limbs. She's made from a small, carved wooden spoon, parts of a peg, lollipop stick, paint, thread, vintage buttons and string.


In enterprise club we've stoppped making bookmarks for the moment and have gone on to fridge magnets. Here are some I knocked up quickly - each from a couple of thin ply shapes, some patterned paper and paint. They haven't had the magnets stuck on yet. They're about 7cm long.

Friday, June 15, 2012

greek sculpture

Over the last 3 weeks the children have been undertaking a mini-project - to create Ancient Greek sculptures from 'scrap'. This is one of the results!

A stunning recreation of Aphrodite (Venus) rising from the sea. She stands around 40cm tall and has been made from card boxes, tubes and thread. The child who made her was insistent that her modesty should be protected - hence the strategically placed arms!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

mask designs

We're planning on writing plays in the near future (after our end of year tests!) so today in art we started designing masks that we might wear when performing them. The plays will be linked to our studies on Ancient Greece (hence the mask idea) and will be based on the myths Theseus & the Minotaur or Odysseus & the Cyclops.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I was toying a few weeks ago of letting my Folksy & Etsy shops quietly close - I was finding it a struggle to promote them and consequently nothing was selling. In the last couple of weeks things have turned around. I sold the latest 'Peggy' and a painting! They must be getting visitors from somewhere who like the sort of stuff that's in there. So, onwards and upwards. I'll try to keep them well stocked and make a bit more of an effort to promote them somehow. That's after I've finished writing the end of year reports and marked the yearly assessments! Managed to doodle a few cards today during lunchtime. Hand-drawn images on yellow card. Might package these up in 3's and see how they go. It's just as easy to draw them as to mess about printing them. Might add some spot colour for the lips, eyes, hair or dresses.

Hand-drawn cards, A6 (single fold), pen.