Friday, 12 March 2010

New Best Place Ever and More Impressionist Art

We have had a busy few weeks of living and learning (can you have one without the other?).  On a lovely sunny morning last week we went exploring at a local nature reserve we had never been to before - Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve.  Here you can see the old Wolverton Cliff (now 2km from the sea but 6,000 years ago at the sea's edge) and explore the bog using the boardwalk.  There was, of course, plenty of mud :-)  Gman officially declared this the "Best Place Ever" so I am sure we will be returning for more adventures soon.

We have also been continuing on our Impressionist theme.  Gman is putting a lapbook together on the Impressionist artists, while Waif is happy just to join in with the painting.

The boys have:

Painted trees in the style of Monet:

[caption id="attachment_202" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Waif's tree painting"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_203" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gman's tree painting"][/caption]

Created cityscapes in the style of Pissarro.  Firstly using sponge painting, secondly using oil pastels and water colours:

[caption id="attachment_212" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gman concentrates on cityscape"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_205" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Waif adds to cityscape"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_209" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Finished sponge printed cityscape"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_211" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gman works on his wax resist cityscape"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_206" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Waif creating cityscape with oil pastels"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_210" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gman's finished watercolour resist cityscape"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_226" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Waif's watercolour city"][/caption]

Tried out pointillism in the style of Seurat:

[caption id="attachment_207" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Waif tries out pointillist technique"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_213" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gman gets pointy"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_208" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Waif's pointillist island"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_204" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gman's pointillist beach scene"][/caption]

When they haven't been painting, the boys have been enjoying various computer based activities.  Gman has been playing BoulderDash, a game resurrected from Daddy's game playing youth.  Waif has been feverishly working his way through the Alphablocks game on the CBeebies site, and then translating this into words to make from his wooden alphabet bricks.  I was a bit surprised when he asked for help making the words "x-ray", "exit" and "hospital" and was relieved that the following day, the most important words of the day had become "brown", "flake" and "aero" ;-)

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