Friday, February 27, 2015
Our Homeschool Week - End of February
Unlike last week and the week before, this was a productive week! We finished week 21, which has been taking us forever, and zoomed through almost all of week 22!
We started this project a couple weeks ago, but just finished it this week. You know how that goes, right? Paint something, set it aside to finish "later," only later keeps getting pushed back?
Well, I'm glad we finished this project! Medieval knight shields, to go with our studies of castle times!
I got the pre-cut boards from Etsy, and we used silver acrylic paint on them.
After a couple coats of paint (we went through most of the tube for just 2 shields), we applied cool vinyl stickers to them. Jack is using a craft stick to rub the sticker down before peeling off the covering.
I'm thinking of hot gluing a hangar on the back so the boys can put them up on their wall.
This one is Eli's. I think they turned out nice, but if I had it to do over again, I would have used spray paint instead, in the hopes of not having the streaky look of the brushed paint.
Miss Hannah lost her 3rd tooth! Jack lost one recently, too. He handed it to me, and I put it in the drawer of my bedside table. One of my teens watched and said, "You're such a mom." I'm not sure if that was supposed to be an insult or what.
These were Katie's creations from a previous art class, that I missed getting a picture of earlier.
We've finished up anatomy and moved on to astronomy. Eli did a great job assembling and painting this model solar system.
This week, the upstairs vacuum got a haircut. Gross, right? Looks like a small, furry animal died on the table.
This was one of those ideas that was better in my head than in reality. (I seem to have a lot of those, honestly.) A few weeks ago, Zach took the boys to the park to play disc golf. They had a blast, so I thought I'd get them some frisbees. I found these blank ones and thought how cool it would be for them to draw their own designs on them with Sharpies. They weren't as into it as I hoped they would be. Jack's is around here somewhere. It's red with a skull on it. Maybe I'll have Hannah and Katie color a couple over the weekend.
This week's episode in our Home Art Studio DVD was Monet Bridges.
The boys used 3 different techniques to paint the wavy water, the squooshy trees, and the bridge. This one actually made me want to get out the acrylic paints and try my hand at it. I did just pick up some little canvas boards...
We started learning Chinese history this week, and we used Draw and Write Through History to do a guided drawing of the Great Wall of China. Eli's drawing was going well, but when I asked him to use colored pencils to finish it, it didn't turn out the way he wanted it to, so he asked me not to show the completed picture.
We're also working on a terra cotta warriors art project I hope to be able to share with you next week.
Brianna came home from school one day and asked me to root around in the sewing room for some mask embellishments. These are the masks she came up with for her assignment.
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