Saturday, January 26, 2008

Katie's drawings and other stuff

Suddenly remembered I was going to post some of Katie's drawings from the "How to draw horses" book she recently received.

We managed to find some watercolour paints stuck at the back of our craft cupboard, so she's been dabbling with these too and has, this evening, just painted some more horses (which is what reminded me about posting the drawings!).

Friday was pretty calm on the work front. After maths I was hoping the children would progress with their own projects (solar system for Ben and Italy for Katie), but when Katie wanted to check out some Italian gardens on the net (plants and trees are her other love) we came across this "design a virtual garden" which kept them both busy for the rest of the morning. It's pretty good, using maths (measurement and shape), along with lists of names of all the kinds of plants, shrubs, flowers and trees, styles of fountains, sheds, fences/walls, etc. May have a play myself at some point. We've scheduled to watch the "Around the World in 80 Gardens" which starts on BBC2 tomorrow evening at 9pm (repeated at 7pm on Tuesday I believe) which features an Italian garden, Villa D'Este. From the photos in a recent magazine article, it looks like it may be a nice prog to watch.

Katie has also discovered that she can make flashing icons using an application we have on the PC called Gimp. She's done a few horses (which she is "selling" as tags on one of her forums), and this flower, which she did especially for me.
Ben and Katie have also rediscovered Pivot Stick and have had much fun doing long and short films on this too. Ben has also been hiding away in his room taking films of his Lego scenes. I kept interrupting him to start with as I thought he was talking to himself rather loudly!

We finished off the day by making pizza getting the idea after read Lucy's blog about calzonnes and focaccia which looked so yummy.

Oh, don't forget it's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. Hoping to do a bit of feather watching tomorrow. When driving home from shopping on Thursday, we were thrilled to see a Barn Owl hovering by the side of the road close to home, as well as (we think) a Sparrowhawk enjoying some road kill so much he couldn't be bothered to move as I drove past! It's really lovely to experience such wildlife so near to where we live.

Have a good weekend.



At 10:24 pm, Blogger Claire said...

The horse drawings are fabulous. They look very professional.

Our modelling wax arrived today. Looking forward to getting stuck into it :-) Got some wax sheets too for decorating candles. They look really interesting.

At 7:15 pm, Blogger Elaine, Ellies Treasures said...

Thanks Claire.

Hope you have lots of fun with the wax modelling. Elle

At 11:08 pm, Blogger stefndawniy said...

wow the horse drawings are brilliant - well done Katie :o)

pleased you like the eco house links - apparently they're building an eco village too and you can go and help camping in your own tent and they feed you and have you as guests in return for helping the build - sounds cool .

thanks for the virtual garden link - nao will love that :o)

At 9:38 am, Blogger Lucy said...

Totally fantastic drawings!! pizza looks scrummy too...


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