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Feel-Good Friday – Sculpture

This Friday we will be once again visiting the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh for our inspiration.

One of my favourite sculptures in the Gallery of Modern Art is ‘Vulcan’.  He is an enormous figure constructed from steel, measuring 730 cm in height.  He was created by the  Scottish artist, Eduardo Paolozzi

Click on the Sway to find out more about your Feel-Good Friday activity!  I hope you have fun creating it.

The Scottish Book Trust competition – Story Writing

You may have seen on the Literacy learning grid that the Scottish Book Trust is holding a story-writing competition.

It is open to all ages, and there are 4 different categories – Adult,  5-11, 12-18 and Gaelic.  Prizes will be awarded for the winning entries in each category, and they will also be published on the website.

You can find more details here:  Entry Details and Entry Form

Click on the Sway to learn more, and also for some story-writing tips.

Remember – the subject must be ‘Fog’, the maximum word limit is 50 words and the competition closes on 30th June.

Good luck to everyone taking part!

Feel-Good Friday – National Galleries of Scotland

Today, rather than posting a Sway, I’m going to share some art activities from the National Galleries of Scotland.

Each week, throughout the lockdown, they have been posting ideas for creative projects for children, including mud painting,  spiral finding, map drawing, and bangle making.

Click on the link to find out more.  Don’t forget to take photos of your artwork and tell your teacher how you got on!

Home is where the art is

Have fun!


Anagrams #3 – Scottish Cities, Towns and Villages

In keeping with our ‘Scotland’ theme, here are some more anagrams for you to  unscramble.

This time, the answers are all names of cities, towns and villages around Scotland.  The majority are located in the North-East, though there are a couple from farther away.

Let me know how you get on!

Compare the Supermarkets – Spicy/Hot

Today’s maths challenge is related to our ‘Money’ theme.  You will be given a shopping list and challenged to find the best value online supermarket.

A minimum of 2 supermarkets should be selected, however if you wish a slightly HOTTER challenge you can, of course, choose more.

Instructions and a shopping list are contained in the Sway.

Ensure that you stick to the guidelines, and keep an eye open at all times for any special offers, such as ‘3 for 2’ or  ‘Buy-One-Get-One-Free’ as these offer good value for money.

Remember to post your results on Seesaw or write them in your jotter, and come back to the Blog to tell us how you got on!

Feel-Good Friday – Pebble Art

For this Friday’s creative challenge I was inspired by Mrs Fraser’s assembly on different types of art, also by a comment that Hayden made on the blog.

Today we are going to be creating pictures using small stones and pebbles.   The subject of your picture is entirely your choice – it could be your family, your cat or dog,  birds, flowers – anything!

Click on the Sway to find out more …

Don’t forget to take photos of your artwork and send them to your teacher or to me, so that I can make a gallery on Sway to show your creations to everyone.  Have fun, and have a great weekend.

Symmetry Activities

The following Sway contains a variety of activities for you to practise identifying and creating symmetrical shapes.

Symmetry is all around us – both at home and in the environment – we just need to keep our eyes open and be aware of it!

Have a look at my Sway and try out some of the activities.  Don’t forget to come back and let me know how you got on.  🙂

Art Appreciation Discussion – Spicy/Hot

Following on from last week’s ‘Become an Art Critic’ post, I thought we could meet up here to have a discussion regarding the paintings.  You can have another look at them here before adding your comments below:

My personal favourite from the ones I posted is number 5 – ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent van Gogh.  It depicts a moonlit scene with a large cypress tree in the foreground and a small town in the background.  The most noticeable thing is, however, the sky.  The artist has used bold, swirling brushstrokes to create a sense of movement.  This makes me think that he may have been upset or agitated when he was painting this.  The cypress tree in the foreground is buffeted by the wind, perhaps reflecting van Gogh’s own inner turmoil.  It is not a calming painting, but I love the colours and the wildness of the  swirling starry sky.

Let’s hear your thoughts!

Feel-Good Friday – Make a Leaf Mask

Now that the trees are in leaf and many of the flowers in our gardens are beginning to bloom, I thought we could try making decorative eye masks using natural materials.

Wearing decorative masks can be traced back to history of Venice and its carnival celebrations. The tradition of mask-wearing started in the 13th century when Venetians held many celebrations and parties.  They would wear elaborate masks to hide their identity, just like you may do at Hallowe’en.

Click on the Sway below to find a step-by-step guide for making your own mask.  It’s very simple, and you need only a few resources.  Remember to ask for an adult’s permission first!


Here is another quick tutorial:  How to make a Leaf Mask

Don’t worry if you can’t find any leaves or flowers – you could cut out leaf and flower shapes from coloured tissue or paper, or even draw your own.

Here is a link to a simple mask template which you can download and print out:   Mask Template

Once your mask is finished, why not make up a short play and then act it out while wearing your mask?  I look forward to seeing all your creations!





Become an Art Critic – Spicy/Hot

In today’s post, I am challenging you to become an art critic.

An art critic is a person who specialises in analysing, interpreting and evaluating works of art.  Their written reviews are published in newspapers, magazines, books, exhibition brochures, catalogues and on web sites.

In my Sway you will find some hints and tips on becoming an art critic.   You will then have the opportunity to study and assess several well-known paintings.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the paintings, so please come back and discuss them with me on the Blog.  I will be holding an Art Appreciation discussion next week – come along and share your views!