Why complete a course in Teaching Techniques – Developing Curriculum?

Teacher training offers lots of great knowledge, but it doesn't always clearly explain the why's for the curricula we follow. Of course studying educational psychology, theory, and philosophy will give to a massive foundation, but what the heck am I supposed to build on it? When you start teaching in a classroom, with or without … Continue reading Why complete a course in Teaching Techniques – Developing Curriculum?

A Creative Block Project – Day 6

Just before going to bed last night I had an inspiration and had to try and get it down on paper... a thumbnail sketch if you like. It was a black brush marker drawing and I thought I would cover it in colour in a similar fashion to the Day 5 work. When I woke … Continue reading A Creative Block Project – Day 6

Butterfly Garden – Making a bed for the flowers

Sticking to my usual goal of recycling as much material as possible, I raked the whole area as flat as possible and used the trunks and branches of the cut-down cedars to make my flower box. I called-out for indigenous seeds (on Facebook) and bought others online. I decided to cover the ground with nutrient … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Making a bed for the flowers

Butterfly Garden – Re-arranging the land

II had several odd cedar trees around my property that I wanted to use and tons of rocks uncovered by the plumbers' digging, so I decided to use these to cover a few eyesores next to my house: the air-conditioning unit; a compost bin / leaf dump; and some storage items for the winter garden. … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Re-arranging the land

Warped One – The first application of paint

Here I go... time to take a leap... To be honest I've been procrastinating a little on the start of this one. I've still got a little trepidation regarding watercolour paint. I've got all sorts of preconceived notions about the techniques needed to make it work well and I'm not sure I can do it. … Continue reading Warped One – The first application of paint

The Goldfish Tapestry (Yellow – Emotions & Impermanence)

(Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-life Project – I’ve been challenged!

We had our final critique with some classmates and teachers and I got challenged to see my "Big Still Life" in a whole different way! I knew I was modifying the relative sizes of the pieces to play with multiple perspectives, but the shadows all grew from there same light source and direction. My teacher … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-life Project – I’ve been challenged!

Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 5 – Final Product

Making time to do stuff is often a challenge for me. Especially if I open the TV instead of Spotify. I really had no excuse to not get this done. All the fibres and fabrics were ready. The loom was ready. My studio space was ready. My other creative projects were done. I even had … Continue reading Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 5 – Final Product

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Considering my Composition

The next challenge directives gives came as follows: "Make it big. It's a big still life." Ok, now pause for dramatic effect... like what really happened in classs, before the questions started to roll out... It's meant to be big in stature, or subject of the composition; we can paint a close-up of one object … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – Considering my Composition

Call Out – We’re Making Electric Cigar Box Guitars!!! WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS!

That's right! "Le Lab", the Maker Space at Dorval Elementary will be helping the kids make homemade string instruments... A call-out to the community to have some fun helping the kids!!! The grade 4 to grade 6 kids (9 to 12-year-old makers) at Dorval Elementary will be making electric cigar box guitars and then we'll … Continue reading Call Out – We’re Making Electric Cigar Box Guitars!!! WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS!