We didn’t venture out this New Year’s Eve because our Bernese Mountain Dogs, Henry (left) and Lexxy hate the Fireworks. I’m looking forward to a year of sharing, teaching and learning in Visual Arts, my school’s 20th Birthday reunion, blogging, Social Networking and a 12Km trip around Australia.
Looking for ideas in different blogs I discovered St Martin’s Computer Lab blog and liked their onetruemedia presentation. I tried making one using a fireworks theme( for New Year) and some stirring music. I’m hoping it works.
Student Artwork 2008
I am pleased that so many people are visiting our Visual Arts blog and am also pleased that holiday time gives me the chance to visit other blogs and leave comments for the students and teachers.Taylors Lakes is a north western suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The once-farming area was built as a suburb approximately 30 years ago. The school opened in February 1989 so we are just about to celebrate its 20th Birthday. Our lakes are man made and are small but attractive.They are named after our native water birds Ibis, Spoonbill and Herron.
It’s Graduation night for our Grade 6 students and they are very excited. I grouted the Rat Mosaic at home on my day off yesterday and, as usual, it was transformed. Customers who visited our home today ( my husband runs our Loudspeaker business from home) loved the finished mosaic. It will be unveiled and presented to the school Principal, Peter Reading tonight at the end of the Graduation ceremony. Its designer, 6AN student Nicholas Lidis should be very proud. I know I am. I intend to post some step by step grouting instructions for the students who have not completed their individual mosaic works. It was tricky juggling the camera and working with the grout but it was all worth when I saw the end result.
Today will be the last day of Art lessons for many of our Grade 6 students. They have worked hard to complete their individual mosaics but we didn’t realise what a complex task it is and could have allowed more sessions. Hopefully they will take home the necessary tiles and complete them at home and then put on the grout. Fortunately ready mixed grout is now available from hardware stores like Bunnings.
Since beginning our Blog the year seems to have gone faster than ever. I am looking forward to our 6 week Summer holidays and I am enthusiastic about the 2009 school year, knowing that we have this great avenue for sharing our work. Our school is celebrating its 20th Birthday in 2009. It will be great to catch up with past students and get some feedback about their Art Room experiences. Those students I have contacted via Facebook are keen to reconnect with Taylors Lakes Primary School and each other via social networking. Many have become teachers themselves and many have undertaken creative pursuits such as Web and Fashion Design …… amazing young people. I am very proud to have been their Art teacher.
I enjoy playing around with this Matisse Widget. http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/MatisseArtist
I hope we will have an interactive whiteboard within the next year so we can share such activities with our students in class.