Art Class - High Chroma Acrylic Paintings

 Parrot by H.
Abstract Piano by J.

Art Class - Ink Blot Sketching

 A good idea for left over watercolour paint... ink blots. (by J)
Can you spot the cat in the blot?
Another good use for leftover paint... stained glass window patterns. (by H)

Robotics Club

 We have joined a new class, a robotics (or electronics) class.
So far so good, plenty of new ideas and terms, gadgets and 
gizmos to play with and make something out of.
We have learned symbols so that we can draw the circuits we make.
Next week we begin making our Mission Impossible laser alarm!

Art Lessons - The Great Wave

We studied The Great Wave woodblock print by Hokusai last week.
The boys could decide how they wanted to interpret and make it their own.
J made a sunset watercolour painting after tracing the original.
H decided on a tree and hill scene...
The Great wave is one of my favourite prints.

What is Cooking?

Thai salad and curry.
Back to making curry paste from scratch
(when we have the time of course)

Noosa National Park Walk

It must be said that we do not do enough walking in our own National Park,
and it is absolutely stunning!

Today we met our school for a ranger talk and then a walk on part of the coastal track
on a wonderfully warm winters day, calm ocean with plenty of waves for the 

Some exploring time on the rocks...

 Then a quick hello to the koala resting and listening to ocean sounds.
(these koalas have the best location in the country)

 After the walk we had a picnic for lunch and headed home after a beautiful morning.
Now we need to do the rest of the track!

Textiles Assignment

 J learned how to sew a backpack this week.
It was a project for school.
Design a bag that Operation Christmas Child
could use if they wished to.
What a great reason to make a bag!
Plenty of criteria, plenty of ideas and in the end a backpack was the final design.
So off to the studio to learn how to use a sewing machine.
Learning how to cut, pin, measure and sew
A few hours later there was a backpack.
It was finished off with a printed logo.
Job well done.

Spirit House Cooking Class

Last week myself and two friends went along to a day of 
cooking Asian inspired meals at a
well known Sunshine Coast Restaurant
It has been something on my list of to dos since arriving here.
It was lovely to share the day with friends.
We made quite a few dishes
(as you can see from the extensive menu above)
however we did more learning, watching and testing, tasting, stirring and chopping
then making entire meals from scratch.
 Plenty of ideas and tips to take home from this lovely restaurant.
Then at the end we all sat down to enjoy a lovely (huge) meal
including duck, fillet beef, prawns and snapper.

 No dinner for me that night!
Then on the weekend I started my own master stock,
which I then used to make the same duck dish but 
substituted chicken in its place...yum.
Must take the family for lunch one day, the restaurant is set in lovely gardens
and has a modern Asian inspired menu.

School Art Assignment - Term 2

J has been studying symbols, text and lettering and how they are
used for advertising and in history.
This is his assignment piece which was to tell something about himself.

Procrastinating About Art

 The Path, acrylic on canvas.
I have been procrastinating forever about doing some art for a space on the wall in the living area, I had too many ideas, too many concerns such as, 
what if I waste the canvas?
Today I just started something... a tree lined path.
 I only used black paint and a business card after I painted 
the background in the mustard colour.
I am not sure I am happy with every component, however I am fairly happy with the 
trees and the abstract look of the path and the clear space in the background.
I enjoyed creating it and... 
that is what art is about.

This  is an experiment in using one colour, different tones 
of acrylic and a palette knife. 
It didn't work out,
 clearly I have not got the mouth and face in proportion.
Oh well, it was also a learning experience.

CoderDojo at the Library

A friend mentioned they were going to CoderDojo to learn some computer coding, 
I said Huh?
But it sounded good and was free!
So we are going along for five weeks to learn some coding and animation skills,
which will be useful for the school assignments, 
(now that everyone is using powerpoint and animations etc).
I know absolutely nothing, except for the tiny amount of drag and drop we do
with the Lego Mindstorm Robot and it is not high on my list of things to learn.
I am sure Dad will enjoy going to this class whilst I have a coffee and do something else
 a little more hands on.

Electroplating at Science Club

 This last Friday at Science Club with Dr Joe we discussed
the Periodic Table of Elements and
electroplating, before trying it ourselves!
We used Copper Sulphate, water, 20 cent piece, some wire, pegs and batteries and waited.
(The boys actually set the the system up in reverse at first and stripped the coin,
 but that was just as interesting and the lesson was learned)

Party Time for Feathered Friends

On the weekend the boys made a garden for the ladies
in the chicken run.
We planted a lime tree and some flowers that looked lovely, until...
the ladies thought they would have a party and eat every last leaf and purple flower!!
Luckily the blueberry and lime have survived.

The ladies loved mixing and digging up the compost as the boys wheeled it in.
Hopefully we will find something the girls don't like to eat
and add some more plants soon. 

Mothers Day

(Clay sculptures made by the boys at Leonie Rhodes Class this week)
Today the boys made Nanny and myself lovely cards for mothers Day.
We had Eggs Benedict for breakfast
Woodfired Pizza for dinner
Amo Gelati from Noosaville.
We also spent some of the day building a rock wall from repurposed rocks.
Other than the handmade cards,
 the special gift was having the Studio complete and available for use...
It comes complete with a painting corner.
 A crafty corner...
A sewing corner...
An inspiring drawing/working space with a pegboard ready to be filled...

Plenty of wall space for photos and pictures that inspire...
 Three large wall to ceiling cupboards with organised shelves...
Room for fabric...
 With room for friends to come and share in the creativity...

 Thank you, it is Exceptional!