Thursday, May 31, 2012

Battle of the Blankets NOT

This morning, I woke up with ease, not having to fight for the Battle of the Blankets. I got out of bed. As my feet touched the floor, I felt the warmth feeling the wool of the carpet. I then walked into the bathroom. “Ahhhhhh!!!!! Cold, cold, cold!!”, I screamed. Walking into the bathroom, I stepped on the hard, cold concrete floor.

After I got ready for school, I went to get my big yummy lunch. I then saw a little bit of my huge lunch. “ Hello!! Where’s the rest of my lunch?”, I said in my head. I then saw my order money under my berry yoghurt. Hopping into the car, it suddenly got cold.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Portrait in Vincent Van Gogh's Style

For our reading task, we had to paint a self-portrait in Vincent Van Gogh's style. I would describe his style as thick and bold. This painting was of course painted by me and hopefully it looks great.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Starry Starry Night

I had to mark one of my paragraphs from my Art Critique on Starry Starry Night. I marked the second paragraph of my critique. Look at the photo of the grid, and see if you think I deserve that mark.

Painted in the year 1889, the appealing, yet dramatic Starry Starry Night was painted by Vincent Van Gogh. It was one of his most well-known paintings EVER. This amazing oil painting is AGAIN the size of 73x92cm big, the same size as Sunflowers.

Colours are very detailed in this painting. With a great use of paint, Van Gogh made the bright lighted sky have an AMAZING contrast with the dark village. The thing that I personally love are the colours because they all blend well. Also because although the main colour is blue, the thing that makes it stand out is the yellow.

The thing that I love is that how there is the tall, pointy natural cypress tree, balanced with the pointed steeple of the MAN MADE church in the bottom of the painting. For the background sky, it has a beautiful swirl flowing between the bright yellow stars, which makes the sky blend in withdraws the viewers eye to the different colours.

For the theme, I think that this painting represented life , and the village represented the sad part in someone's life. As for the sky, that was hope. Maybe he painted this in a point of his SAD life when there was hope. It was probably hope from his brother or his best friends.

Starry Starry Night is one of the most legendary paintings by Van Gogh and what’s worth remembering of this painting are. For me, I will remember this painting when I look at the luminous night sky.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Equal Addition Strategy

Here, is a very simple example for one of the EASY strategies I've been using. Hope you enjoy!! Click on the picture to see better quality of the photo.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


This term, most of the school has been going to the YMCA Aquatic Center for swimming lessons for the past week, and this is the second week. As I walked into the pools, I smelt the scent of chlorine. I quickly blocked my nose with a feeling of nervous excitement.

Walking into the changing rooms, I took a spot where no one could really see me. As I grabbed my togs out of my plastic bag, I heard the sound of it rustling. With ease, slipped into my togs and hopped into the warm shower for a quick rinse and walked out of the changing rooms with a cold shock.

Hopping into the frigid pool, I quickly jumped under the water to get warmer. Our swimming instructor told us to swim two lengths of warm up kicking. Rapidly swimming, splashes from the person in front of me, went into my eyes. My eyes were stinging with pain. Besides that, I used my legs for fast movement, beating mostly everybody else.

Our instructor then told us to choose our own technique to swim with. We had to use that technique to swim another two or three lengths of the 33.33 metre pool. My choice was the dolphin tail. This style of swimming made me kind of look like a mermaid! As I started swimming, I dived down to the pool floor with ease. Easily tired and worn out, I couldn’t breath. Swimming up to the surface of the water, I felt buoyant. After taking a long deep breath, I could then finish off the rest of the pool.

Swimming was, and is REALLY fun! It gives us a chance to learn how to become better at swimming, to survive if something bad happens. Swimming is a life saver!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Anzac Biscuits

For reading, we read a story about soldiers that fought in Gallipoli in World War I and Anzac biscuits. We also has to do a task, drawing our very own  Anzac biscuit tins. Hope you like mine!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Life of Vincent Van Gogh

This term, our topic is called Art Alive. So far, my class and I have been learning about one of the most famous artists of ALL TIME, Vincent Van Gogh.

Vincent Van Gogh born March the 30 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. It was very obvious that his true passion was visual arts. He was surprisingly the son of a Pastor, with a strong faith in God, but a lack of self confidence. Despite this, he was depressed most of his life.

He moved to Belgium, where he started art, after a few ineffectual jobs. He pushed himself to try and bring up happiness after two unsuccessful relationships. Inspired by another artist, Rubens, Van Gogh was inspired by his arts of the Japanese.

Unfortunately, after 900 paintings and 1,100 sketches and drawings, in 1890, Van Gogh died of committed suicide, “for the good of all”. Besides having his brother by his side, he thought no one appreciated him. Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most AMAZING painters of all time and his work will be loved for many more years. Here are my favorite paintings.

Marking Sunflowers

I had to mark a paragraph about Vincent Van Gogh's FAMOUS paintings. See if you can see the paragraph that I marked covered in purple. You can also look at my results and see if they match my paragraph

Painted on the year 1888, the Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh is an extravagant  painting by this famous, but sad artist. This masterpiece is the size of 73x92cm and is oil painted.

Sunflowers is a very elegant painting with vibrant colours. With only yellow, orange, green, and a little hint of black, this prize possession is REALLY valuable. I personally think that the colours are very happy.

With an interesting texture, this oil painting is surprisingly bumpy! It is very obvious that Van Gogh used A LOT of paint.

While I’m looking at Van Gogh’s painting, I feel happy and cheerful. Although, I have realised that Van Gogh painted about life and death. Sunflowers is just a still life painting of life and death expressed through a rather happy way.

Now I have to try and see the feelings from Van Gogh’s perspective. I reckon that Van Gogh felt happy,since yellow represents happiness. I know you’re thinking WHY he created this painting right............... Well, he made this to decorate his room for his friend, Paul Gauguin, who was coming to stay with him.

I hope that this painting  will be around for MUCH more longer that it has already been. It is so valuable and precious, that a record was broken over $40 MILLION!! It is really amazing.