Tuesday, 28 July 2009

The Falling Rocket

Our next project from the Usbourne Art Treasury is an imitation of James Whistler's 'Nocturne in Black and Gold (The Falling Rocket)'

On some purple paper, Kyla ruled a line for the horizon, using chalk.
I had cut out some various building type shapes from some dish cloth sponges. Kyla painted one of the off cuts and used it to dab orange paint all across the paper.The Happy Artist

Then, she painted the 'buildings' and carefully printed them top and bottom of the horizon, giving it the look of a reflection.

I'm loving how completely asbsorbed she gets by these art projects.

After all the shapes were printed, we left it to dry.
Left to Dry

Once dry, she shaved some pink and blue chalk on it, then rubbed it in.
Shaving ChalkBlending Chalk

Then the really fun bit! Using yellow and red paints, she flicked the 'fireworks' across the paper. We ended up taking it outside so she could really let loose.

Splatter time

The end result was stunning.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. ~ James Abbott McNeill Whistler

And of course, the little ones can never pass up an opportunity to paint. So they had their own fun with the sponges.
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The Word Party

Loving words clutch crimson roses,
Rude words sniff and pick their noses,
Sly words come dressed as foxes,
Short words stand on cardboard boxes,
Common words tell jokes and gabble,
Complicated words play Scrabble,
Swear words stamp around and shout,
Hard words stare eachother out,
Foreign words look lost and shrug,
Careless words trip on the rug,
Long words slouch with stooping shoulders,
Code words carry secret folders,
Silly words flick rubber bands,
Hyphenated words hold hands,
Strong words show off, bending metal,
Sweet words call each other 'petal',
Small words yawn and suck their thumbs,
Till at last the morning comes,
Kind words give out farewell posies....
Snap! The dictionary closes.