Merry Christmas from CFY playroom

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The month of December, thanks to help from Pinterest..love Pinterest, has been all about Christmas…love Christmas! Our themes were gingerbread, elves and Christmas. This week is the last week of playroom until the new year so I made it a literacy day/Christmas party/playroom. We sang our songs, did craft and had snack but then we played some games and each family went home with the book Mooseltoe, colouring book, crayons and temporary tattoos.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from CFY and see you all in the New Year!

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Girls Circle: Round-up

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The last six weeks have flown by!  The girls have come a long way together since we started.  It has been great to get to know each one and watch them open up and enjoy the program.  Next week will be our last meeting of 2014.  We will be celebrating our time together creating small gifts for each other.

Cheers!

R-tworx: November Art

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Sometimes some of the best art is unplanned.  These pictures were created when the students were finished their other projects.  They were given simple instructions such as: Draw yourself, your family, your house, etc.  I wish I had taken more pictures as I let the kids take home their sketches.

The last picture by Mady P. is a painting she brought to show.  This painting was displayed in the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon – How Cool!!!

Festival of Trees

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The 2014 CFY Festival of Trees was a success!! A huge thank you to all of our bidders and donators.  Thank you: Spectrum Resources, Merit Ford, Syd’s Pipes and Garage, South East Electric, True Torq, Red River Oil, Kings Dept Store, Michael’s Coffee Shop, Faber’s Electric, CMP, North American Lumber, Dale Gudmundson Co-operators, Pemoco, The Flower Shoppe, New Dimensions Hair Studio, Sew & Sews, The Homespun Committee, Home Hardware, A & W, and Affinity Credit Union.

Nov 21 – No School Fun Day!

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On Friday Nov 21 we celebrated National Children’s Day with a No School Fun Day.  In the morning we had grades k-2 play active games, build tape roads and make play dough.  In the afternoon grades 3-6 played active games with the parachute, played kick ball and soccer, made healthy snacks and built wire hanger wreathes.  It was a great day with more than 40 students participating!

R-tworx: Lizards

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Pastel lizards inspired by Deep Space Sparkle.  This lesson was more complex than some of my students were used to.  (If you haven’t signed up for the Deep Space Sparkle Teaching Art 101, Please do!)  We started by drawing the shape of our lizard using familiar prompts like: Draw a backwards ‘C’ to make your lizards face.  My younger students found drawing the legs the hardest part and I would recommend taking extra time to help them with the concept of not drawing stick legs.

All of my students had trouble NOT adding detail to this picture as they loved drawing spots and stripes on the lizard.  The trick is trying to get them to colour their lizard in first before adding the details.  We used chalk pastel to colour our lizards which allowed for great mixing and blending of colours.

I changed the lesson somewhat as our instructions called for black pastel to be used for the outline.  I couldn’t find a pack of solid black oil pastels so we used Sharpie markers instead.  This made nice clean lines, however, before you can add detail or redo the outline you need to spray the artwork with the workable fixative or your sharpie will get gunked up with chalk. I had both a professional fixative and tried a cheap hairspray and there was no comparison.  The hairspray caused the chalk to clump and the paper to curl.

We used:

  • Coloured Construction Paper 8×10 or larger.  (The lesson called for black)
  • Black Sharpie Markers ( The lesson Called for black pastel)
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Workable fixative

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R-tworx: Colour Study with Marylin Carter

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Local artist Marylin Carter came to R-tworx last week to teach the kids how to blend water colours.  It was a fantastic class!  We started with basic water colour paper and drew three overlapping circles.  Then we used our red, yellow and blue watercolours in each circle.  Twirling the paper and using extra water let the colours begin to mix.  The kids thought this was magic!  When they were satisfied with their colours they learned how salt could add texture to the watercolours.

Thank you Marylin Carter for coming to teach us all about watercolour painting!

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