Jul 13, 2012

Life as a collage...make and do

Creative times here at Mansted Family Project...here are some photos about what we do when holidays (and a break from homeschool) come around. 


Virtually all of this was kid-selected and/or kid-directed, which just shows that homeschoolers' holidays are like the cliched busman holiday - "what did you do this holiday?" "make stuff...what about you?"


Um, I thought that is what we did when "school" was in : )


Fooling around with Zome and making a stellated dodecahedron (or so I have been told by July who is hard to direct at times, but is very self directed if there is anything hands-on to do herself)...




Bath bombs (see this CSIRO activity sheet)...





Head-dress making (at a wonderful birthday party with the best face painter I have ever seen - thanks Tara and Alex, and Dalee). Here is July as a blue bird:


and November as a butterfly:


which is a clumsy segue to Fiona Hall's Fly Away Home kids exhibition and activities at GOMA


where the girls made their own birds...


July continued the bird theme with her choice of inspiration for a collage... 

"Hope is a thing with feathers" by Emily Dickinson - the last verse:

"I've heard it in the chillest land - 
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me."


seen here with November's piece on Peter Pan from a quote she discovered in her favourite Michael Clay Thompson book - Caesar's English 1: 

"His eyes were of the blue of the forget-me-not, and of a profound melancholy."

 Kudos to our local library crafting wiz Kate for running this workshop : )



Dreams of butterflies have abounded as bug catchers are gathered in the early morning BEFORE mum and dad wake up enough to call out "Get your warm clothes on!". It is winter so the usual catch is a spider or occasional moth, but still butterflies are the main aspiration. Though July did find an owl pellet which led to a messy soggy dissection finding regurgitated beaks and claws and bones of prey...

Naturally, the girls wanted to do an insect identification and pinning workshop, the results shown here with November's notes on Greek pronunciation (just discovered this today in a vain attempt at tidying).


and somehow July made a little time to weave.


So lots of making and doing (and planning to do some tidying on my behalf : ).

Have you been making and doing?

2 comments:

Ingi Mc said...

Very cool - loved the look of that exhibition! And totally loving the Peter Pan quote :-)

And very inspiring...we have been in a bit of homeschool/creative funk - mostly due to me being busy. You have inspired me to get back in there!

Tracey Mansted said...

Cheers Ingi!

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