Last week we started some self portraits called "Falling Back in Space". Inspired by OOdles of Art.Today we painted them. We used water color paint, experimented with crayon resist and some watercolor wash.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Today we tried some experiments from Jameson's Lab
This one is watching the color move with the water as it is absorbed.
This one showed how the color moves from one jar to the other.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
It's funny how my kids have always been rock hounds, but I've never had much interest! Today Tabbi picked out her 10 favorite rocks and told me why they are her favorites.
2. It's shiny and smooth and the color is swirly. It looks like sand under the shine.
3. My most favorite of all. It fits right in my hand. It has lines (layers).
4. It's sparkly, has patches of different colors.
5. It looks like gold. (it's a piece of fool's gold)
6. It's shaped like a triangle with a cow's head carved in it.
7. It has a different cow's head carved in it.
8. The color looks like it's cracked and has a skunk carved in it.
9. It looks like a tiger so I call it a tiger rock.
10. It's sparkly and it's all white except for a big black spot.
So there you have it! I guess those are good reasons to have a rock collection!
We also borrowed a couple of rock collections to look at. This one belongs to Tabbi's brother, Nathanael. He has some very interesting and different looking specimens, including, geodes, crystal, amethyst, turquesite, a sharks tooth and a fossil!
And these are some Native American artifacts that belong to my father. He has a large collection of arrowheads. The large stone on the right is a hide scraper. The collection he has all came from my great grandfather's farm. When they started to till the ground, they turned up many, many Native American artifacts.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Tabbi was very excited to make a box for some of her rock collection today. We found a template at The Handbook of Nature Study blog. This is only a SMALL part of her collection! lol I don't have to go outside to find rocks... I find them all over the HOUSE! And quite a few of them in the WASHING machine! "Rocks" is a good topic for us to study this month!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
We recently bought an e-book called "A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels" from Southern Hodgepodge. This afternoon we pulled out our chalks and worked on a chickadee picture.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
New Year's Day we got our January newsletter from the Outdoor Hour Challenge. It was about rocks! How timely. Tabbi's sister gave her a box of geode's for her birthday in December and we hadn't yet cracked them. So we went out to the workshop and got cracking! lol
Some of them were pretty interesting inside!
Here are all 10 of them after they were opened.