Friday, August 29, 2014

Gallery M Tour

The Lovely M

A while back I posted about the lovely M Gallery in downtown Cambridge
The artist/owner, Miss M agreed to host a tour for our home school group this morning.
A massive hit, among the children and adults alike.
The gallery boasts creative works from Canadian artisans and our host was full of patience, knowledge and encouragement!

She introduced Patty Hill hats first!
The children were eager to try them on and Miss M suggested we could try this at home, with material and cheap hats from a second hand stop.


The ceiling was draped with mobiles by Glenn Rivison.
The one pictured above balances with a stone's weight at the top. But there were also miniature mobiles suspended from a cork in a bottle, the 'mobile phone' complete with dinging bell and a camera mobile featuring film.

 What colour is the sky?

Moving along to the oil paintings by Jeanette Obbink, Miss M asked,
"What colour would you say the sky is?" to which all the children replied, 'blue'.
Then she introduced the Obbink oil masterpiece of many shades.

 Waterlilies Series

A little intro on perspective, M brought the group to Sandra Martin's 'Waterlilies' series, painted as if looking up from under the water.

 Zen Garden

David Beecroft's exhibit of ' Zen Tree's' appropriately placed in a Zen Garden reminded me of this project I 'pinned'

The gallery hosts a number of M's own pieces, such as this mosiac...

...and this brilliantly coloured painting that is even more impressive in person.

She let the children touch this glasswork that reminded me of a Mad Hatter's tea party..all the while reminding them that artwork doesn't have to be practical, but something to make us think and smile.

Another lovely piece of glasswork in the form of a bowl.

Miss M has a collection of handmade cards for sale. This is something else she encouraged the children to try at home.

Nancy Yule's piece was introduced by Miss M folding a small sheet of paper into tiny creases. Then she had a sample piece (not adhered to canvas) that the children could touch for themselves. The wings in the piece above were created by making tiny folds in paper, followed by a succession of paint and what seemed like waxing.

O toted her sketchpad

At the conclusion of the tour, Miss M invited the children to sit together as she passed around glass 'marbles'.
These were larger-than-life marbles that fit in the palm of their hands. They offered beautiful colours and depths of magnification that intrigued the older bunch of enthusists.
There was also time for exploring glimmering crystals located in Ontario and Miss M mentioned that there are several locations in Ontario to go 'mining' ourselves.

Overall, Miss M touched on a variety of topics ; medium, perspective, ingenuity, science, math...and a host of idea's for our own art-based projects at home (hat-making, mobiles, zen gardens, mosiac's, card-making, origami/folding paper...)

A great big thanks to M Gallery!!
We'll definitely be headed back for the coming exhibit!

Tote your Sketchpad. Along with doing crafts related to pieces seen in the gallery, you can easily tote your own sketchpad. O was happy to take along a blank notebook and some coloured pencils and got to work when everyone was winding down.
In Copenhagen, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek & the Thorvaldson's Museum were galleries I frequented with my pencil and sketchpad. 
Often one day of the week is free entrance.

Six Games for Museum Play. Make the most of your visit with games for galleries and museum's

Mary Kinda Poppins

 Navy Lady

The Navy Lady statue is situated outside of our local library.
No matter how many times we pass her, O insists she's Mary Poppins:)

Letters: ABC's & Snail Mail

Grandma J sent O home with some of those plastic fridge magnets.
O was raring to get her hands on them.
I introduced them with a ball of playdough, similar to the stamping playdough project we did last week

We sorted through to discover upper and lower case letters, checked out how lower case 'b', 'd' and 'p' could get confusing. She took an 'm' and turned it into a '3'....and so on!
 Baby C

Baby C's name is so long we had it running right off of the playdough snake!

I spelled out a message for Daddy.
O was distraught that I put spaces between my words and she filled in the gaps!

Then she very purposefully went to work dictating aloud while writing a letter!

Monday, August 25, 2014


 Pint-size cutie and her half-pint side-kick!

Baking Soda Science (and Art!)

Smell & Guess

An La Leche League friend told me about this activity, tooting it's easy prep and high interest rating.
It's a simple vinegar and baking soda experiment with a twist; food colouring & eye dropper.

O chose three colours to mix into the vinegar.
Then used the eye dropper to drip vinegar into the tray of baking soda.

Mixing baking soda and vinegar creates a chemical reaction that produces CO2 (carbon dioxide) and water. The chemical name for the two ingredients is called acetic acid.
The fizzy biz.

Of course O could not stop there.
After dripping vinegar for a while, she decided to create her own experiment.
She piled up the baking soda like slushy snow and poured heaping spoons of vinegar over top (volcano-style).
Then she took baking soda covered spoons and dipped them in the vinegar!

Finally, she switched the experiment from science to art, dumping all of the tinted vinegar onto the tray and tracing rivers!

Veg are in!

Our Garden!

Daddy has been hard at work, mulching and watering and weeding.
Chippies have been hard at work munching!
Despite the presence of our wildlife squatters, the veg are in!

Harvest-coloured carrots!

Winter & Summer Squash

We combined the lot to make Lentil Soup.
One of our wee squash was already invaded by a big grub.
When I opted not to throw it in the pot, O insisted "Some people eat those!"
Too much Bear Grylls for this child!


Grub Lunch