Wednesday, March 27, 2013

nearly the hols

In Y5 today we made sweet things ready for our breaktime sale tomorrow. Pictured are some of the sugar mice, still looking a little bit like roadkill but this time with liquorice tails.

In Y1 we made Easter cards - a simple chick with the children's hands as wings.

And the latest 'boys playing footy' drawing partially completed. Not sure whether this needs a background or not. Would welcome any views/suggestions.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


In Y2 (6/7 year olds) we collaged our painted (colour-mixed 'flames') and printed (Tudor houses) pieces into mixed media representations of the Great Fire of London.

Great expressions on this couples faces as their house and belongings go up in flames.

We've also completed our appliqued/embroidered riverscapes in Y6 (10/11 year olds) - here's a  birds-eye view of part of it.

Meanwhile, I managed to find a bit of time to complete another 'boys playing footy' picture. Spread them out a bit this time and placed them against a wall with a 'chalked on' goal.

Monday, March 25, 2013

get ahead, get a hat

Over the last few weeks our y4's have been busy cutting & stitching felt to make wearable hats. They've used a variety of stitches and techniques to create very presentable headgear - some are even planning to wear them on their Easter holiday!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Finished off the illustration today. Went mad and added a background and everything! The boys are having a playtime kickabout in the school yard. Am slowly warming to it, though if I were to do a similar pic I'd perhaps separate the bunch out a bit more - although if you've ever watched a bunch of young lads playing footy, they all tend to chase the ball almost as one! It must be a nature thing, a bit like birds all flocking and turning/diving together.

Ink & pencil crayon on heavyweight paper, A4.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Took a different tack today and tried out a pic of boys playing footy. Not yet finished but also not sure if it 'works'. Tried to portray them with 'stringy' legs and big hobnail boots. Again, if anyone feels like chipping in their twopennorth  I'd be very grateful.
"Billy Preston had a real leather football."
Ink & pencil crayon on heavyweight paper, A4

Monday, March 18, 2013

carried away

Some more footy illos! This time with a 'red' player (Man Utd?) featuring against various opposition teams. All ink & pencil crayon on heavyweight paper, A4.

Not sure where to go with this style. I've already got some listed in my Folksy shop. Am thinking of giving ebay another try, though I really do baulk at the charges. I have heard of folk selling stuff directly through Facebook with people commenting 'sold' when they wish to purchase an item. Not sure of the 'legalities' of this ref the user agreement that you must have to sign up to (I'm not on Facebook so I don't know). Would welcome any comments or feedback form the good folk out in the blogosphere.

Friday, March 15, 2013

for michael

Saw a tv programme the other day (on BBC4 I think) where Michael Palin talked about his life. He mentioned that he follows both Sheffield footy clubs though really, if push came to shove, supports Sheff Utd. Had a few spare minutes today so did a picture of a derby encounter between the two teams (apologies to the kit purists out there but I went for a stereotypical portrayal from days gone by).
Ink & pencil crayon on heavyweight paper, A4.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

teddy bears and tudor houses

In y1 today we painted teddy bears. We had a book day (a week behind the rest of the world!) and they were looking at traditional stories - ie. Goldilocks etc.
After a quick drawing session of how to represent teds using simple shapes (circles and ovals) we went onto using brushes and painted the shapes straight onto the paper, using brown paint that we mixed from scratch (red, yellow and then blue).
Yesterday in y2 we printed some Tudor houses using lengths of wood and the edges of lollipop sticks(to go with the 'fire' we painted last week - to eventually make a piece representing the Great Fire of London).

Oops - should have turned that last one round!

Monday, March 11, 2013


We have a number of Learning Support staff leaving our school soon and I was asked to 'do' a painting of 'The Magnificent 7' ! Hopefully they'll be able to recognise themselves!!
Acrylics & ink on heavyweight paper, A4

Friday, March 8, 2013


We continued to work on our appliqued/embroidered riverscapes today. We made pom-pom bushes in the traditional way using rings of card (although some children found it a bit tricky initially because they made the central holes too large).
At the end we laid out some of the pieces on the floor (even though they're not finished yet) just to see how they were looking. Each piece is 15cm square , so this section is about 1 metre long. We think the effect is quite good so far.


The big bad wolf we made yesterday in FS1 (3/4 year olds) - collage of felt & paper + paint - with just a bit of help from the 'big' kids (ie. adults!).

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


In FS2 we're currently making a 3d display of rooms around the school. These pics show the computer suite and one of the classrooms complete with 'oversize' (real-size) props. The room sets are small boxes and most of the 'furniture' is folded out of thin card.
In y2 we did a bit of painting/colour mixing - they're just about to begin studying the Great Fire of London. We'll be using these pieces in a future 3d decoupage along with some 'Tudor' houses that we're hoping to print in next weeks lesson.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


In y6 on Friday we started to create stitched/appliqued pieces that, when completed, will be able to be pieced together into a long, collaborative representation of a river course. Each child is making a 15cm square with the river leaving two of the edges at the mid-points. They should fit together so that the river flows from piece to the next.
We made paper patterns, cut the pieces from felt and then sewed them together using both running and 'over' stitches.

By using different shades of green and blue we are hoping to end up with a whole piece that resembles an aerial view of the countryside.

This is a pic of  'one I did earlier' to show the children what we were after. In the next lesson we'll make pom-pom bushes and add the stitching to the 'river'.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Our y3 children have been learning all about the Victorian era so we decided to make model steam trains. This pic shows the progression of my try outs and ideas.

This pic shows the completed model on top of the photocopied sheet that we eventually used.

The wheels are MDF and the 'chassis' is a pre-cut piece of 'Tech Card'. Next week we'll make the tracks and carriages.