Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Llama Drama

Found a wonderful link to a blog with amazing Llama Art click Llama Art.
Want to learn more about llamas. Click Banana Ears.

For  photo references  of Peruvian Textiles click Peruvian Textiles.

The Llama
(Le lama -Clique Le lama pour lire plus en français)

Drawing the Llama.

1.  Look closely at a photo of a llama or a real one if you get the chance.
2.  Think long ears, long face, long neck........THINK THIRDS
3.  Make little marks at the side of the paper to divide the paper in thirds.
4.  Sketch ears lightly (banana ears), then make them "a little furry".
5.  Sketch "bangs".
6.  Add hair on head.
7.  Sketch rectangular sides of face.
8.  Add chin.
9.  Big tear drop ears to edge of face.  Draw oval white spot near edges of eyes.
10. Add eyelashes.
11. Sketch a "3" shape for muzzle.
12. Darken the mouth area.
13. Add a semi-circle chin (quite wide).
14. Sketch a flattened 3 shape for nostrils.
15. Darken nostrils.
16. Extend nose.
17. Sketch in neck noticing where it begins and sketch right off the page.

Chalk Pastel on the Llama

1.  Trace the mouth, nose, chin and eyes with black sharpie.  Colour in the eyes with the sharpie but leave the white spot.

2.  Colour the llama with pastel using yellow, orange, brown and black. (if you have other shades of these colours all the better).  Keep the face light but vary the muzzle area.
3.  Blend when needed using tissue.
4.  With black pastel add texture and fur to highlight different areas.
5.  Retrace the areas that were done in sharpie with sharpie again.

Peruvian Textiles

Use bright colours-red, blue, green, yellow, purple and can use black and white as well.

With pastel choose 3 or 4 patterns to repeat.  Choose up to 4 bright colours.

Next step is to paint stripes of bright colours over the pastel patterns. 
 Choose bright colours and do a wash technique.
Grade 3 Artists Mountview School

A Llama I Saw Basking in the Sun

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Endangered Animal Multi-Media Project

Just finished a week long artist in residence project,
with fellow artists Brenda and Dolly, 
 at Oriole Park School
 depicting six endangered animals in acrylic paint on watercolour backgrounds.
Here are just a few samples of the art
 the students created.
Grade 5     Horned Grebe/Le grèbe cornu

Grade 4     Trumpeter Swan/Le cygne trompette

Grade 3     Asian Elephant/L'éléphant d'Asie
Grade 2     Penguin/Le pingouin

Grade 1     Gorilla/Le gorille
Kindergarten     Polar Bear/L'ours polaire

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

100 th Day of School

What will you do for the 100th day of school?
Look what Sadie came up with for her grade two project!
100 words on Papa's favorite mode of transportation
How many words are on the mast?
How many words are in the sky?

Nice work Sadie!  Imagination plus!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Les phares canadiens

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Saturday, March 19, 2016


Grandmaman is very proud of Logan
 and his wonderful project.  
Logan was asked by his teacher to make a presentation on Canada
 and look what he did!  
Bravo Logan!  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Guess Who

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Self-Portraits by Mrs. Fedun's Grade One Students
(media-chalk pastel and oil pastel on white construction paper)

Our goals for our project were-

To have fun.
To look closely at our faces with a mirror.
To keep the sparkle in our eyes.
To show missing teeth.
To put our eyes, ears, nose and mouth in the right place on our face.
To choose the best colours for our portrait.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tristan and the Calgary Tower

Tristan visited the Calgary Tower on a school field trip and look what he painted. 

 Grandmaman sees an incredible skyline with a mountains  in the distance.  Grandmaman sees skyscrapers with a variety of windows and differing and interesting shapes at the tops of those buildings. Grandmaman sees subtle shades of blue, yellow, red and grey.  Grandmaman sees straight lines and curved lines.  Grandmaman sees buildings behind other buildings.  Grandmaman sees The Calgary Tower as a focal point with it's "Look at me height and solid color". 
The fun part is that Tristan drew, then painted this work of art (watercolour pencil) after climbing 762 stairs with incredible speed and endurance.
Bravo Tristan!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mon Ami Charlie

Meet Charlie, 
our chocolate standard poodle.
Notice the little bit of white on Charlie's chest.
Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook

The grade one children at Barrie Wilson School had some great questions.  Most of the questions can be answered by clicking the PLAY button on the picture above.
Some questions that weren't answered are:

Does Charlie lick people?
Charlie sometimes licks people to greet them.  Many dogs, and most poodles, use their mouths and sense of smell to get to know people.  Charlie is still learning not to nip at people to say hello.  Puppies need to learn this.

What is Charlie's favourite snack?
Charlie loves small treats that smell a lot. 
He also likes crunchy treats.

Does he have some favourite toys?
Charlie has lots of toys. Some of his favourites are a stuffy goat, a rope with a knot, a crunchy blue toy, all his balls and anything that squeaks.

Does he protect your house?
Charlie would protect our house if he needed to but Charlie is a friendly dog when visitors come.  He is not a guard dog.  He lets us know when he hears noises he doesn't recognize and he is always very excited when we come home.

Does Charlie get so excited that he piddles?
When Charlie first came to our house he would piddle 
when he got excited or when he met someone new.  He hasn't done it for a long time but he might if he got really excited or scared.

How did you train Charlie?
We train Charlie by telling him he has done something well, giving him pats and by giving him treats.  After a while he does it without treats but always try to praise him.  When Charlie does something he shouldn't we tell him no and sometimes ignore him for a few minutes.  It takes patience to train a puppy to live in a "people house" because when dogs live in the wild they can do things that one can't do in a house or with people.  Charlie wants to please us and he tries very hard to learn people manners.

Can he do any tricks?
Charlie has learned to sit, stay, wait, come, down, finish, ring the bell, pounce, give me 5, get the ball, drop and give.  He is working on learning to roll over.  Charlie is learning not to jump on people, no bark, no bite and leave it.  He is working on manners when greeting people.

Does he wear clothes outside when it's cold?
Charlie doesn't wear clothes when he goes outside.  In the winter we will leave Charlie's hair long and that keeps him warm.  In the summer his hair will be shorter so that he can stay cooler and it will make it easier for him to swim.  Sometimes I put a bandana on Charlie to make him feel special.  We plan to get boots for Charlie because on long winter walks through the snow Charlie  builds up ice balls in his paws.  When he is fully grown Charlie will go skijoring and will wear a special skijoring harness.

What do you do when he gets sick.
 Charlie hasn't been sick yet but when he does we might take him to the vet.  Sometimes when a dog is sick it is because he ate something he shouldn't and it helps to feed him white rice to settle his stomach.  Sometimes they need to get more rest or be in a quiet place.  Sometimes dogs need to drink more water. Veterinarians are doctors that know how to look after sick animals.

How should you approach an unfamiliar dog
Click on the word unfamiliar dog above to read a story.
Even if the dog looks friendly you must always check with the dog's owner before you approach the dog.  
If the dog's owner is not there it is best to leave the dog alone. If the dog's owner is there, 
ask the dog owner how to approach his dog.
Charlie would like to remind you that it's important 
to treat all animals 
with respect 
and to be responsible 
around them.  
Charlie found some sites that have good tips for your teachers and parents to help you learn about dog safety.  
Doggone Safe           SPCA 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mr. Mason's Goldfish

Thank you to Mr. Mason's Grade One Class
 for  taking care of 
four goldfish.  
Here is a slideshow 
to show you where your goldfish 
spend the summer.  
Alberta winters are very cold and 
Madame Villeneuve's pond is not deep enough for them to stay during the winter.  You are very kind  to look after the goldfish through the long and cold winter.  
One of your fish got sick.  What a good idea you had to put him in a special tank until he got better. Good work.
  I think the goldfish enjoy 
listening to Mr. Mason read stories. 
Monsieur Villeneuve is looking after five other goldfish
 in our aquarium. 
How many goldfish are there all together?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Treehouse Fun

Hi Friends,
Look what I found
I found a treehouse.
I found a big treehouse.
I found a big, tall treehouse.
I found a big, tall treehouse in the forest.
I found a big, tall treehouse in the forest by a creek.
This is not Jack and Annie's treehouse.
Peanut is not in this treehouse.
This is not Jack and Annie's treehouse.
This treehouse is not in Frog Creek.
This is not Jack and Annie's treehouse.
I don't see the Amazon River.
This is not Jack and Annie's treehouse.
See you soon,
Madame Villeneuve

Les citrouilles en automne

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