Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another portrait

The rest of y1 completed their collage self-portraits today. This one is actually quite a good likeness as her hair is exactly like that!

Again, not at all bad for a 5 year old!

Friday, September 26, 2014


As a follow-on from their colour mixing, the y3's have started to paint some simple landscapes in the 'style' of Paul Klee.

We drew them first before adding a grid as an aid.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Today the y1's finished their collage self-portraits. I think they turned out quite well. We added nostrils and eyebrows as well as eyelashes!

And a couple more cards - should have taken the pic before putting them in the cellophane packets!

Monday, September 22, 2014

more cards

Made some new cards - collaged patterned papers for the dresses and drew the rest.

Packaged with envelopes- am still thinking £2 each or 3 for a fiver.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Today's flea market find -

A vintage double bass(?) bridge. It seems to be too large to be from a cello. Am thinking it could be a sort of backdrop to a ballerina automaton figure. The central arch is a bit too small to house a figure, unless I make it quite a small one ( it might have to be 'fixed' and not poseable).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

colour mixing

Our y3's have been busy painting. Last week they 'did' the basic colour wheel - primary/secondary colours - and this week have been exploring graduated mixing! They started off with one primary colour and gradually added more of another.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Drew a female pirate on a card today. She looks a bit wistful!

Have been drawing lots of cards lately. To me, it's just as quick as printing them and each one is unique. I've packaged them up with envelopes and even put them in those fancy cellophane pockets! I'm intending to sell them for £2 each or 3 for £5. I don't reckon that's too bad for an original piece of art.
Oh, and have just sold a painting and another 'A is for Art' book on Folksy! Yay!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

collages and kicker!

Today the y1's (5/6 yr olds) started to create collage self-portraits. We stuck to using simple shapes. Think these will look quite effective when complete.

Latest automaton to leave the workbench is a prototype 'kicking' figure. It's a very rough creation just to test the mechanism. The squares on the cutting mat are 5cm just to give you an idea of scale.

It works...

...but I'm not happy with it. The mechanism is too fiddly to make and install and I've already worked out how to make it much simpler!

There's also no reason for the arms to be 'loose' as they don't really move. Am already thinking of two players tackling for the ball!

Saturday, September 13, 2014


My two bargains from the local second-hand shop this morning. £1 each! The abacus has wooden beads and is stamped as being made in West Germany, so has a bit of age. Not sure what I'll do with it yet, but the sorting box is destined to be part of an automaton of some descrtion. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

swan lake

The latest automaton to leave my workbench. 

Again, a simple mechanism. This frame on this one is made from a cut down domino box.

The ballerina figure is poseable. Compare this pic with the first.

Must make the effort to list these in my shops to gauge interest.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Yesterday our y1's tried their hand at self-portraits. I got them to do a drawing before teaching them a few basics. You can see the before pic in the top left corner. Not bad for a 5 year old!

And here's a pic of the completed rodeo automaton.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


After a long summer hols it's back to work. Having problems uploading photos as Blogger seems not to recognise my old system so am trying a rather convoluted way of doing it involving emails and iPads!
The photo is of a 'rodeo rider' - constructed from bits of wood and old chess pieces! It's now been made into an automaton that bucks and turns! If this post has worked I'll be able to show more pics next time.