May 16, 2016
by msnathan

Art: A colour story

Frida Kahlo Colour Story

Time Markers for the tutorial

0:25sec – getting your canvas (white background) to start on.

0:46sec – opening up your paintings

1:02 – making your image smaller

1:12 – selecting your image so that you can copy it

1:21 – pasting your image onto your background

1:24 – moving your image around the background

2:34 – how to move your images around and what layers do

3:02 – how to join all your layers together before adding colours

3:21 – creating a new layer for your first colour

3:30 – creating your colour palette

5:17 – adding a new layer for your second (and third, etc) colour

5:53 – moving the coloured circles

7:12 – moving a circle you aren’t working on right now

Here is the link to our Pinterest board that you might want to use to help you choose a painter to explore.


July 25, 2014
by msnathan

Surrealism & Creative Thinking

This term we are going to be driving a lot of our own learning through a big, open, creative inquiry process. We’re starting the term off by exercising our brains and trying to get ourselves to think outside the box. What better way to do this than by taking inspiration from famous rule breakers, The Surrealists. I mean, Hannah Höch was even called art’s first punk and you don’t get more rebellious, creative or innovative than that!

We’ve started by creating some Tristan Tzara inspired Dadaist poetry and then some Max Ernst style surreal collage. Here’s a slideshow of our inspiration (you can also find it on our Pinterest page) for you to check out, too! Soon we’ll share our creations on here and our own blogs, or you could follow us on Twitter or the hashtag #room27creates to see what we come up with.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this weird and wonderful art movement. Maybe you could share a word you might use to describe the collages in the comments. Some we came up with were ‘trippy’ & ‘random’!

May 19, 2014
by msnathan

Science Inspiration

Osmia Avoseta copy

bees-flower-nests-sandwich-action-shot_20045_600x450Osmia avosetta are rare, solitary bees. Instead of living in a hive with hundreds or thousands of other bees like we’re familiar with, these bees build ‘flower sandwiches’ out of flower petals and mud. The flower sandwiches are made up of a thin layer of petals, a layer of mud and then another layer of petals on the outside. When studying these bees researches noticed that bees in Turkey tend to pick yellow, pink, blue, and purple petals, while Iranian bees make their nests with just purple flowers. Read more and view more photos here.

tears1Tears of yawning (left) and laughing (right).

tears2Tears from onions (left) and tears of grief (right)

Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher wanted to know if her tears of joy might look different to tears of sadness so decided she would photograph them and see. She viewed the tears on slides under a microscope and took the photographs through the microscope itself with them magnified between 10-40 times. Amazingly, she did see differenced between them! You can see more tears and read more about the project, here.

Take these stories and images and do what you like with them. Write a poem, a story, create a piece of art, research further, write an interview for the scientists or artists, let your imagination lead the way!

May 16, 2014
by msnathan

Homework Week 2-3, Due Thursday 22nd May

origami-tessellation-islamic-art-5Here is some inspiration for your tessellation homework this week. Remember, you need to recreate each of the five patterns on a full page in your maths book and colour at least two or three of them in. You don’t need to rotate the pattern, only repeat it. Of course, you can colour all of them if you like! Then, using a double page spread from your Maths book, recreate your favourite pattern and colour it ready to be displayed in our classroom. For more inspiration check out our Pinterest Art Board.

16 Islamic pattern mosaic





Reading Homework

I will also put this on our Edmodo Planner, but here is what your reading homework expectations are for this week.

Bridge To Terabithia – Read up to the end of chapter four.

Hatchet – Read up to the end of chapter four.

The Scorpio Races – Read up to the end of chapter fifteen.

Also, remember to sign up for Edmodo by Monday!

April 25, 2014
by msnathan

Black and White

Vivian Maier Self Portrait When I hear the phrase black and white, I instantly think of film photography. Ok, maybe sometimes (often times) I also think of this. For my first holiday blogging challenge post (coming in just in time!) I wanted to share a some art I think is pretty amazing.

Recently I heard of a street photographer called Vivian Maier. She was born in New York, grew up in France and then returned to the US. After living in New York again for awhile she moved to Chicago where she worked as a nanny for 40 years. Even though she took around 100,000 photos during this time, the crazy thing is that no one had any idea what she was doing including her friends and family. Not long before she died, someone bought her mostly undeveloped negatives at an auction from a storage company (kind of like Storage Wars! When people have storage lockers but either leave them and don’t return or can’t pay their fees the companies can sell off their belongings) and to his great surprise uncovered a treasure trove of photographs. Lucky for the guy who now owns the largest collection of her work, but also lucky for us to see all these beautiful shots of New York and Chicago in the 50’s & 60’s.

As always, click the images to view them bigger.






bw6For some other great street photographers that give us an insight into yesteryear, check out Frank Herzog, Foncie, Weegee (who managed to capture some pretty grisly NYC crime scenes), Ans Westra, Marti Friedlander and Diane Arbus.


March 13, 2014
by msnathan

Tricky, tricky, tricky.


The camera never lies. Or does it? In class we’ve been talking about how photographers use their photos to tell a story or make meaning. Sometimes a photographer can use their camera to create an image that messes with people’s heads a bit or finds a different meaning in something ordinary. Like turning a cloud into an ice cream or a sidewalk into the top of a tall building.

Today we are going to play with perspective and use our creativity to create an image that makes people stop and think! Here are some cool examples to get you started.












Elias cyrus Eric


For more trick photography, you can check out the Trick Photography board I’ve created on our class Pinterest page. Have fun!



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