I’m drawing (again) sort of .. I joined a drawing group that meets every week and we draw “gestures.” We pose for each other, a series of 6 poses and we have a 1-minute to draw the gesture of the pose. It’s been ages since I’ve been drawing, for some reason … drawing seems like a luxury. I’ve been joining the group, on and off over the course of the year and most recently I find myself really enjoying the meditation of drawing.
These pics are from my favourite store in Montréal, papeterie nota bene* at 3416, ave du parc. They have a unique selection of agendas, notebooks, pencils, design books and all things paper. My eyes have gleaned over almost every item in the store.
My son is fascinated with the planets, space, the stars, sun … he knows all the planets and the number of moons they have, how the solar system formed and repeats the facts over and over. A great summer project that spans over afew days was making our very own solar system.
What you will need:
- a large box (i.e computer box or boot or small appliance box)
- styrofoam or foam balls
- string or fishing line
Step 1: Determine the size of your planets and cover the sphere with paper maché. I made a homemade version of the paper maché paste by mixing 1 part flour to 2 parts water in a large bowl. Mix it until there are very few lumps.
You can use newspaper, but I had lots of lightweight white bond paper around and covered the spheres this. Insert a screw so that you can tie a string on the planet to suspend them. Let the spheres dry until it becomes firm.
Step 2: Have fun and paint your planets. (It can get alittle messy!) Let dry.
Step 3: We recently upgraded to a new computer so the computer box was a perfect size to house our space adventures. Paint the inside of the box and hang the planets using string or fishing wire. I also used old ribbons and elastics that were around the house and we cut out some stars and glued them to the box.
Hours of fun from a box with lots of exciting space travel expeditions to be had. Great hours of play n’ learn when adding rocket ships, asteroids, black holes and aliens.
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I saw my favourite illustrator – Oliver Jeffers yesterday (at totsaplalooza) – he was drawing/telling his wonderful stories to kids of all ages. I felt like I was a kid again. His hand was dancing as he drew his figures and wrote his words.
I asked my son about his favourite moment from the afternoon and he said it was eating a cupcake, eating fruit salad, eating cookies, eating carrots + dip and oh yes — the picture drawing that were on the big t.v.
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