Andy Goldsworthy is an artist from Scotland who produces art and sculptures in natural and urban environments. The materials used in his art often includes brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. In class we looked at a book and DVD about the artist.
Last week we went outside in the afternoon and in partners the students created their own environmental art by using the same natural materials that Andy Goldsworthy uses in his work. Our school playground area is ideally suited for this art activity because we have trees, bushes, large rocks and a stream. The class was very engaged and excited when working on their projects. At the end we did an Artist’s Walk where the students were given time to show and explain to rest of the class what they had created. Below are some images of their work.
It’s a busy time at our school as students are learning and practicing different track and field events. We are also participating in the Kilometre Club where students run laps of the gravel field to improve their level of fitness. About 4 laps is 1 kilometre and after 20 laps they receive a brightly coloured plastic foot. The feet accumulate on a chain which they can wear around their neck. We find time to run about 3 times per week for approximately 20 minutes. All the students are running really well and Andrew has run close to 180 laps! Above is a picture of a student in our class wearing his Kilometre Club chain. Keep up the good work Division 7.
This week we had our annual Public Speaking Festival at our school. It takes a lot of courage to stand up on the stage in front of students, teachers, parents and judges and deliver a speech. Congratulations to Andrew who presented his speech on Bridges and Kaelyn who shared her speech on the Biathlon. Their speeches were well memorized and they both spoke in a nice clear voice.
The students in our class show a genuine interest in learning about new forms of technology, so I thought I would share some information about a new kind of tv that will soon be available. The new tv will be similiar to existing tv’s that have images and audio, but it will also provide smells. In the new tv’s there is a place where odors will be released. For example, if you’re watching a cooking show you might smell frying bacon or onions. Just imagine, your favourite tv show might have a scene at the beach and you’ll get a wonderful ocean smell in your living room. Of course, advertising will also have smells so if you’re watching a commercial about fabric softener you will experience that fresh smell of clothes just out of the dryer. These new tv’s will work with your existing cable connection and many of the manufacturers will be releasing them this Fall, just in time for Christmas. Do you think your family will be interested in purchasing one of these new tv’s with smellavision technology?
Thanks for inviting me to participate in your blog. It’s a great way to share information and keep in touch with people anywhere in the world. 3 years ago my family and I took some time off and traveled around the world. To keep in touch we kept a blog with pictures and a diary of what we did and where we went. If you want to read our blog you can find it here. Eventually we turned the blog into a book that we have at home. Above is a picture of where we were 3 years ago exactly. We were in Thailand on an island called Koh Chang. We went on an elephant trek and while we were on it the driver stopped to give the elephant a bath and invited us to swim with her. It was one of the highlights of our trip. This elephant is an Indian elephant. Do you know how to tell the difference between an African and an Indian elephant?
A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment a person makes to improving themselves. Examples of resolutions are to get more exercise, eat healthier or do more reading. The New Year is a sign of a new beginning and when someone makes a New Year Resolution they try to do it for the whole year. Have you thought about a New Year’s Resolution? I’d like to wish everyone continuing success in 2013 and good luck with your resolutions.