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.


May 29, 2015
by msnathan

Change Makers

reconstructionistsAll images via The Reconstructionists

We are investigating Change Makers. While we’re working on our inquiry to save the world (no big deal!), we’re going to find out what characteristics other great change makers had to help our own change take flight! You can have a look at this Padlet or our Change Makers board on Pinterest to find out some of the people we think have changed the world.

Next we’re going to create portraits of our Change Makers, using Lisa Congdon‘s Reconstructionist series as inspiration!

Who do you think has changed the world? Do you have someone who inspires you?

March 17, 2015
by msnathan

Signs, Symbols & Resistance

We are reading Amongst The Hidden by Margaret Haddix at the moment and it has us on the edge of our seats! It is a story about children who have to hide because the government has outlawed having anymore than two kids per family. Somethings that have come up has been rebelling against the government, demanding rights for everyone, secret symbols and a very powerful government that is able to get the people to obey a law they might disagree with. Now we’re working on creating either our own pieces of government propaganda or protest using this as our inspiration!

Have you ever seen any examples of propaganda or protest? What do you think about the quote on the first slide? Leave your ideas in the comments!

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!

March 26, 2014
by msnathan
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Portrait of a Leader

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Here is the link to the Pinterest board with the photos of leaders you can chose from for our Portrait of a Leader photo shoot. You can click on them to make them bigger and if you click them again you will go to their Wikipedia page for more info.

Also, here is the link to the board of other people who have recreated famous images if you’re looking for some inspiration!

Remember, you’ll have Friday afternoon to plan your photo shoot. Have a think of a couple of leaders you would like to be because we will try to make sure there are no double ups and you may not get your first choice.

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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