the week that was

About an hour ago I was feeling totally successful. I felt we had accomplished a lot during the week. Our meeting on Monday was actually kinda fun – I went through the areas of the NZ curriculum (that I said I’d use in my homeschool application) and we thought about whether we had done something…

making a connection

Sometimes it’s hard to really make a connection between H and I, just like it is between any two people and I suppose and is just like life. We both get so caught up in our individual pursuits which we don’t really want any help with as we want to do them and in our…

Today we did art

I do not know how it started but at some point we were all at the table with paper and crayons and pastels. I tentatively asked if they would like a “lesson” as compared to us just sitting around vaguely drawing and chatting and sort of drawing….. They were weirdly enthusiastic. One dosen’t like to…

a Project.

I can’t always tell which of Helena’s project ideas are just her spewing ideas or something that she really wants to come to fruition so when she tells me a new idea I am guilty of: not fully listening, being agreeable but not helpful, being wrong when I run with a project that was just…

artistic developments

I don’t think I make Helena do visual art, but I do like art. So she has books about art, and we visit art galleries whenever I get the chance. We play this game I invented to make her look at the art – where if she finds a horse anywhere in the gallery I’ll…

assessment, with a little a

Today September 2019 And this time she baked them her self. Working out temperature, length of time and setting the timer… She’s gone up no levels, no achievement objectives done, no certificate, … but definitely movement in a forward direction.

The “Don’t pop your bubble studio exhibition”

We had an exhibition of some of the stuff we’ve been doing in lockdown, mostly for a laugh (me) to eat biscuits (Helena) and to have a deadline to finish stuff. We have been spending days working at our outside art table in the sun but it was naturally becoming less compelling. Mostly we have…

Some one else’s lesson plan…

There is an exhibition at our local gallery which is so my kind of thing, something I totally understand doing, and that in an alternate universe I could imagine making…. I could write 1000s of words as to why it’s awesome. But did it speak to Helena? There are attributes we share that we probably…

Du-kit by Helena

I made one box and liked it and then I made these smaller ones. I make the box first then sometimes I make the lid next and sometimes the decorations. For some of them the decoration was the lid, like the leaf one. The containers I didn’t need to squish. All I did was draw…

“It’s boring”

We went to the “look museum” aka The City Art Gallery. I was told the art was boring… I  got 5 mins or less per gallery but waited over 20mins while she used their pencils and paper. But she did like the carved gourds. This picture started as scenery and became an abstract. The next…