Lesson 3 of the Famous Artists curriculum, and this time it’s Henri Matisse. Elsa researched him and we chatted about the different styles of art he did. He is most famous for his painting/drawing with scissors which is basically a collage. He used a lot of organic shapes and very few straight edges. We had already done a name panel in this design so we decided to do his banner style this time.
Elsa decided one half of her banner was going to be a superhero style cutouts with Batman, Dangermouse and Star Wars all making an appearance. The other side was more organic and like the style of Matisse a little more.
To start with she cut out different coloured rectangles and stuck them down in two strips, then cut and placed the various things she wanted to put on it to see how they fitted. After moving them around for the best look, she stuck them down.
This was great fun. I know that because I did one too. 🙂
Whenever I have uncooperative children, my go to thing to do is a nature walk. This weeks nature walk was about honey bees while they were busy collecting nectar. It was a gorgeous day so I ran this topic by the girls. Elsa didn’t really want to come but reluctantly agreed, and while Anna skipped off down the road spotting flowers, butterflies and bees Elsa dragged her heels a bit. We talked about whether she knew the differences between a bumble bee and a honey bee, she did and I could see her becoming more interested in what we were discussing. It didn’t take her long to spot a honey bee and we were able to look closely at what she was doing.
They really are fascinating, they flit from one flower to another so quickly (so getting a photograph was near on impossible). As we continued we saw lots of them all busily doing their job. When we got home we watched a video about how honey is collected by the beekeeper, then the girls wrote in their nature books.
We made honey cookies (recipe 40 here), which tasted lovely, but we did have to add twice as much flour as we wouldn’t have been able to roll out the dough otherwise). The girls loved doing this 🙂
The next day I asked Elsa if she’d like to do a comic strip about how the honey bee makes honey. She said yes she’d love to as she’d really enjoyed this mini topic. So she searched for information on the honey bee and then got to it. The final result is really great.
Thank goodness she enjoyed it 🙂