Saturday, 18 April 2015

Famous painters inspired magazine scraps portrairts

Do you have a stash of old magazines and don't know what to do with them? I have to confess I have a lot of old magazines (I have no idea why?) and before getting rid of them I decided to use scraps to create simple magazines collage portraits

First we looked at some portraits by Picasso and Arcimboldo to get some inspiration and realized that portraits don't need to be an exact representation of real world. 

All you need is:
- some old magazines
- pastel crayons/paints/wax crayons (use your favorites)
- paper and glue

Mr Frog found some pieces (eyes, noses, mouths and food) in magazines and cut them out. Then he created own portraits (loosely inspired by the big painters portraits he saw) by sticking and drawing with pastels He enjoyed the activity so much and created so many quite spooky portraits ;)


This simple activity is great to practice fine motor skills (cutting and sticking) and arouse kids interest in famous painters work. Next day Mr Frog asked me to show him some more famous painters - it looks like more magazines' photos are going to be turn into portraits soon ;) 

Favorite Art ideas from around the web on our Pinterest board:

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Painting with light {Light & Reflections Series}

This month Light & Reflections theme is art. We did some art on the light table  like painting and printing and oil and watercolor art but this time I've decided to do something new and different to Mr Frog. It's kind of photo art - painting with light. 

Painting with acrylics, oils, pastels. We've done that already! Painting with light - is it possible? This art experiment was lots of fun for both of us :) Every time effect is a bit of surprise - you plan the final result but sometimes you get something different. It does need some practice. And spontaneous, creative gross motor movements ;)

I used camera on the tripod in the dark room and explained Mr Frog (more or less) how the camera works. I set the camera's settings - ISO 100, AV 2.8, T10" or more. 

Then I asked him to paint in the air using his little torch light while I released the shutter.  


I do hope this first photo-art experiments will arouse his interest in photography as an art medium one day.....well, right now he's the most interested in camera technical stuff and settings ;)

Monday, 9 March 2015

Exploring World Landmarks - Travel Around the World Activity

This travel around the World activity was a huge hit in our house! Using World Landmarks and  Around The World Safari Toobs, map and tablet we created an activity that let Mr Frog learn some Geography and practice some Maths,ICT and literacy skills.

 Resources we used: 
- Travel Around the World Safari Toobs (I bought our Toobs from Imagido)
- World Landmarks Safari Toobs
- map of the World 
- tablet 
- paper, pencil, calculator

First Mr Frog had to place the landmarks on the map. Some of them were quite easy to do. Some of them were more difficult and new for him so he checked and located them on the Google Maps. If he wanted to know more he read something about the landmark in Wikipedia

When all the landmarks were placed on the map we decided to plan the trip to visit all landmarks! How many kilometers it will be to travel around the World to see them all?

Mr Frog chose the starting point and planned the route then he wrote it down. Time to practice some literacy skills - writing and spelling.

Now the more difficult part - he had to check the distance between all the landmarks (at the same time he could practice some ICT skills). To check the distance we used the free applications: Distance From To and Check The Distance where you can put the name of two places and check how many kilometers or miles is between them. 

It's time for some Maths -  checking all the stages of the route and writing down the results. As the numbers were quite big Mr Frog used the calculator to add them all up. He read the numbers first and then he added them up to get the final result.

It looks like we need to travel 59947 kilometers and 58 meters to see all that landmarks....quite a long trip! :) 

I also printed some 3 part cards to go with our Safari Toobs. You can find them here: 

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