Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Still no pics - dratted computer! Have relisted my unique and innovative take on the story of Little Red Riding Hood in my Etsy shop. I cannot for the life of me understand why publishers are not beating a path to my door - perhaps it's too original a concept!
It would make the perfect Xmas pressie - a gift that can be shared and that keeps on giving as it is also a puzzle (find the hidden mice) and colouring book. Be quick though as copies are limited (I only printed a few) and 'last' postal dates are fast approaching.
Please click on the shop link on the right. Feel free to browse in my Folksy shop too for that perfect pressie for the ' very difficult to buy for'.

Monday, November 25, 2013

No pics

The 'big' computer is playing up. I've tried two system restores at different points in time but it still refuses to work properly! Windows 8 and Compaq don't seem to have been a happy mix for me. I hope customer service at Curry's/PC World is up to scratch when I take it back at Xmas.
So, am unable to upload any photos of all the wonderful stuff the children are doing or list any more goodies in my 'shops' - but please don't let that put you off having a look in them anyway because there are still some wonderful bargains to be had.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


The y2 children made their pop-up castles yesterday. After careful detailing and cutting out they assembled them into working pieces.

They even suggested the addition of a 'working' drawbridge across the moat.

They now plan to add text (facts, names of features etc.).

Thursday, November 21, 2013

still no idea?

This should make it obvious. Today in Art club we painted the panels that I cut out of thick card last week. Next time we plan to add patterns (stripes, zig-zags, spots/dots etc.) in a darker shades of green.

It should all be ready to slot together for the beginning of December!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

block printing

Last week in y3 we designed our printing blocks. This week we made them. We used balsa wood (easily cut with sharp scissors) as our carving skills aren't quite up to the mark. The idea is to copy the techniques of printers in India and use the wooden blocks to print onto fabric. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Today I've been busy putting up an art timeline around the room. I've tried to place the artists according to the timespan during which they were active - its not precise! Its simply to inform the children of the approximate era in which certain well-known artists plied their trade.

The timeline stretches around 3 sides of the room beginning with the Romans at 0! I'm not going to extend it BC but am putting up pictures that represent Greek, Egyptian and 'cave' art in the windows on the 4th side, immediately prior to the timeline start (if that makes sense).
It all took far longer than I thought it would - having to print out each artists label, find suitable artworks, print them out, trim them and then finally blu-tack it all in place! Tomorrow I'm planning to unpack, assemble and become familiar with the new kiln!

Monday, November 18, 2013


Am busy getting my art room into shape! But still finding time to come up with ideas for forthcoming lessons. Y2's are looking at castles so I thought we could have a go at pop-ups.

My sister likes penguins so I've cheap-skated and drawn her a xmas card this year. It helps if you squint a little as you look at the pic;

The little chaps are supposed to look like they're holding their flippers/wings in certain positions, though the more I look at 's' the more I see Elvis !? Big sis doesn't read my blog (!) so I'm not giving the surprise away.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

can you tell what it is yet?

 Today I've been cutting up some huge tri-wall boxes (really thick corrugated card). The white strip is a 1 metre ruler - just to give you an idea of their size! They come flat. Apparently we can get hold of as many as we want! The only problem is they weigh around 15kg just as they are and are too large to store down the cellar!

The next pic shows a trial fitting together of some of the parts - trapeziums in this case. Can you guess what the finished construction will be? Clue - It will stand over 3 metres tall and the aim is to get all the children in school to help paint it all various shades of green.

 UPDATE - have finally managed to list the two recent footy paintings in my Folksy shop. Ended up having to retake the photos. Please click on the button on the right to go to the shop.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


As part of the Literacy unit on 'instructions' the y3 children have been creating origami pieces. These are my 'here's one I made earlier' and are all made from a very similar set of folds - in fact the tiger and polar bear are identical right up to the colouring in stage. 

All of them were made from a square piece of copy paper. The 'Pudsey' (Bottom pic - right) is in anticipation of 'Children in Need' on Friday.

Monday, November 11, 2013

we have lift off

A5, ink & pencil on paper.
My colleague is back at work, albeit on a phased return to work, but the day when I can get back to just teaching Art (with a bit of Design Tech thrown in) draws ever nearer! Yay!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013


A post dominated by footy today - in honour of Rotherham's victory over Bradford in the 1st round of the FA cup. First up, today's doodle;

Secondly, a couple of just finished paintings that I'm about to list in my Folksy shop;

Please check out the 'shop' for further details.

UPDATE - for some reason Folksy keeps uploading my images sideways on!! Until I can sort it out, if you're desperate to grab that perfect xmas pressie for the footy fan in your life, you can email me. I'm charging £20 ( for an original painting remember). Oh, and world-wide p&p is free!

Friday, November 8, 2013


'fly me to the moon'
A5, ink & pencil on paper.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


'balloon 'bot'

A5, ink & pencil on paper.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


'bot 'n doll
A5, ink & pencil on paper.

Monday, November 4, 2013


Back to school today after the half term break. There may be light on the horizon - I might be going back to doing my art 'job' soon as my injured colleague appears to well on the mend! Fingers and everything else crossed. Todays doodle;
'birdie 'bot'
A5, ink & pencil on paper.