We are a creative homeschooling family of 3. I have homeschooled my 2 boys from the start and we do lots of unit studies and get out into our beautiful part of the world as often as we can.
As the boys are getting older and we are getting busier I find I am posting less about our journey but will continue to update occasionally.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


We have been looking at some beautiful works by Vermeer today.
I found a wonderful lens on Squidoo
and these are our efforts

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Heat Wave

It was an absolute scorcher in Grafton yesterday.

Luckily we had the opportunity to spend the day at the pool

and the boys took advantage of the water slide with hardly any other kids around.

Carl Linnaeus

Another fascinating man today.
Carl Linnaeus.
"The Father of Taxonomy"

His fascination for and love of nature was evident.
He made an in depth study of plants and animals

and devised the system of naming, ranking and classification we still use today.-Genus species.

Linnaeus gave names to and concise descriptions of 7,700 plant species and 4,400 animals,
he designated humans as Homo sapiens.

Linnaeus was an inspirational and influential man and has a society in London
named after him who have been cultivating the Science of Natural History in all its branches for 200 years.

We are looking at his botanical drawings and the high level of observation and accuracy used for scientific records.
We are also enjoying learning about so many amazing people, the boys convesations are peppered with new phrases
and thoughts, yesterday at the pool they were wondering haw Leonardo or Michelangelo might have designed the water slide.

The boys both started with some sunflowers
Mr10 moved on to a weed
and Mr6 chose a fishbone fernIn our web wanderings today we came across a lovely site about tree farming- REAL TREES 4 kids and it has some great information and activities, divided into years and a section for teachers as well. It is also relevant for christmas trees.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rembrandt Portraits

We really concentated on looking at the shadows-looking at the light and painting it brighterand looking at the dark and painting it.We used acrylics today
and we didn't worry about getting it right,
we just worked on the light and dark

Sunday, December 6, 2009


When we looked at Rembrandt we most enjoyed his delicate sketches
in sepia, sanguine, charcoal and white.

We loved his lions and elephants and his childrenMr6 loved his philistines in shiny helmets.
My darling Mr6 is very much enjoying his collection of dress ups at the moment and I never know quite who will greet me when he comes out of his bedroom.

El Greco

This Greek born painter was most famous in Spain.
We loved his atmospheric landscapes like View of Toledo
but we were most inspired by his long tall figures
and thought it might be time for some collage.(sorry about the sideways view of Mr10)


we are learning about some truly amazing and inspiring men at the moment
- perfect role models for my boys.

The wonderful Michelangelo has amazed us with his stunning sculptures and paintings. Mr10 is most impressed by the diversity of talents and skills mastered.

My boys are used to their mad mother and her 'weird' requests ;-)
so I asked them to climb under the table and paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

They could feel some of the challenges faced by Michelangelo in the four years plus that he took to paint the chapel. Paint dripping onto them, the difficulty of holding up your arm and looking after palettes and water jars. I use old shower curtains as messy mats for all the messy activities we do inside, we have 3 of them and they are so handy, I can just peg them onto the clothes line and hose them off when they get dirty. It was also a lot of fun as they lay there painting listening to me read them a book about Michelangelo's life.Mr10 chose to do a mother and child,
oh and can you tell he is rather fond of castles?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Albrecht Durer

When we started looking at this great German artists works we were really amazed at his prints.

His Rhinoceros is marvelous.
His wood block print were so delicate and the shading so beautiful.
We thought we would like to try making some prints of our own.
Unfortunately I didn't have any suitable pieces of wood we could carve into so we used some of the stack of foam trays we get from the supermarket when we buy packaged meat. They worked wonderfully well. We could 'carve' into them using a pen or pencil, and a few more of the larger ones were perfect for printing trays, one to hold the ink and one to apply the in to our printing plate (carved meat tray) and a final one to use to hold our paper in to print onto.

Leonardo da Vinci

Continuing on our journey through the Renaissance years
we have been busy doing lots of art and lots of swimming in the hot weather we have been experiencing.

I gave the boys a free choice when it came to Leonardo,
Mr10 built some of Leonardo's amazing machines.

They both chose to do a copy of the Mona Lisa

Mr6 wanted to use his watercolours and I think he did a fabulous job all on his own.

Mr10 is much more a traditionalist so chose to use his oils.He looks rather comfortable here mixing up his colours.

We loved learning about Leonardo and spent a full week,
he was such an amazing man.