For art this week we have been learning about Claude Monet! We watched the video "The world's greatest artist" to introduce Monet and then I did a very simple painting project to explain Impasto and Touche which are styles used during the Impressionist movement. We talked abut how the Impressionist got their name and why they painted they way they did-- it had to do with paints now in tubes and the new style of paint brushes:)
|I reviewed with the boys that the impressionist did a lot of the mixing of their colors right on their canvas. Also most impressionist did not use black or even brown much in their work if at all.|
|This project was very simple just trying to understand the technique.|
|Just a few of the books we used as guides to examine pictures|
|Comparing the old style of painting to the new style of impressionism|
|Boys comparing Monets paintings when the artist began to lose his eyesight.|
The second project I wanted to do was a bit ambitious but I wanted the boys to really try. I found a great video on how to paint a simple Monet style Water Lilly pond!
|This is my attempt of the waterlilies after watching the video. I was pretty pleased with it:)|
Then the boys got to work on their renditions:)
|we even had one boy announced he liked this style of painting!!! Yay something positive!!!|
|Final work. I thought the boys did really well with this project!|
Firedrake passed her driving test!!!! Watch out world here she comes!!!!
|Firedrake had a late start day on Monday so her Dad drove her to the testing site and had her take the exam!|
For the month of October our little town has a scarecrow festival! I always like walking downtown and taking pictures of them. Here are just a few we saw. This year I think there are over 120 scarecrows scattered around the town.
|Outside a Mexican resrestuaranttaurant|
|Outside the Irish pub|
|outside the Italian restaurant|
|Cute litte poodle|
|I found this outside the new coffee shop that will be opening in the next week or two!|
A lot of business put up a scarecrow and the public can vote on their favorite which is posted at the end of the month. But with everything these days (as everyone has an opinion and feel they must ruin it for everyone else) there are people complaining about the scarecrows being too scary and wanting the city to stop hosting the event. Sigh...
Our local coop had their annual bonfire and hay ride.
|Families bring picnic dinners|
|play flashlight tag and hid-n-seek|
|and make and eat way too many s'mores and drink hot cocoa|
Fun time was had by all:).