We learned about the famous American artist Jackson Pollock today. He was famous for his ‘drip style’ painting. He is known as an ‘abstract expressionist’ painter. That means that his paintings don’t look like real things but instead try to express an emotion.
The 5th class children from St Molaga’s were invited to visit Balbriggan Community College. The children were split into different coloured groups on arrival. They then, with their group leader, visited the art room to make gory cuts out of paint, glue and plaster, the tech room to look at robots, the science lab to make fire and dissect a lambs heart and finally to their new amazing gymnasium to jump the high jump and climb the climbing wall.
The children got a real flavour of what secondary school in Balbriggan Community College will be like if they chose to go there.
We learned some interesting facts about India recently. We learned about the life and work of Mohandas Gandhi, read a traditional Indian tale and made some Indian rangoli art. We also completed some fantastic projects about India.
On Monday, the 19th of December, Clodagh the felt maker visited our SLD unit in St Molaga’s N.S.
She began by telling us where to source material for felting e.g. hair from Lamas, wool from sheep. We used merino wool. She gave us a rectangular piece of cloth and bubble wrap. She allowed us to choose our own coloured wool to make our Christmas scenes.
What we did
We teased tufts of wool. The tufts had to be transparent
We laid the tufts vertically in overlapping rows. We laid out a second row of tufts horizontally.
We created our own Christmas scenes.
We soaked our piece with soapy water.
We put some soap on the bubble wrap and placed it on top of the piece.
We rubbed it.
We had to roll our piece 200 times to bind the wool and get rid of the moisture.
We peeled off the bubble wrap and our designs were revealed.
You take a cardboard box and form it into a stable. You apply glue on bit by bit and for every bit of glue applied you quickly put a ripper piece of newspaper on it before it dries, but don’t do it at the bottom.
After the whole stable is covered, you paint the inside, outside, roof and sides with a dark brown. You cut lots of sticks approximately the size of one side of the roof, then glue them on with super glue (be careful not to stick your fingers)
Rip out pages of magazines you don’t need anymore and form them into the characters you want in the stable. I made Mary, Joseph, Jesus, a sheep, a bull and a horse. When you’re happy with the shape ,use sellotape to secure them in place. After you can paint them and dress them.
Cut off the bottom of a bottle and paint it a dark colour. Don’t stick animals or people yet. First take some hay and stick it to the bottom inside the stable. Using a hot glue gun stick your characters in. You can also staple fry lights inside it.