Spirits of Trees – An Art Project on the Theme of Trees

2nd Class Room 6 are continuing with

their art project on tree paintings.

Follow this link to see the first part of our project on trees.

 

We looked at some other famous pictures of trees.

We loved Georgia O’Keeffe’s  ‘The Lawrence Tree’

We loved the strong colour of the trunk,

the unusual angle of the painting

and the tiny stars in the sky.

 

We admired Emily Carr’s ‘Forest’

We were fascinated by

all the different colours of Emily Carr’s Forest.

We expected there might be green and brown.

But when we enlarged the painting on the whiteboard,

we could see blues, purples, yellows and lots of other colours.

Painting the sky and the grass is not like

painting a wall of our house or the kitchen door.

They are not all one colour blue or green.

 

Then we looked at Klimt’s wonderful ‘Tree of Life’.

We loved the bright colours, the branches

that curled round and round

and the little details among the branches.

 

To complete our project we are going to think about

colour, angle and shapes

and then draw our own trees.

 

“i thank You God for most this amazing day:

for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;”

                         from a poem by ee cummings

8 thoughts on “Spirits of Trees – An Art Project on the Theme of Trees

  1. Today we held a brainstorming session in class about Ireland. No-one in our class has been to Ireland and we don’t have anyone who is Irish in our classroom, although we did discover that some of us have Irish names! (Liam) This is the information about Ireland that we knew that we think that was correct.

    Today in class in preparation for this collaboration we held a collective brainstorm session to see what the class knew about Ireland. None of the students in Room Five have ever been to Ireland, although Levi’s Nan has been there on holiday and brought a t-shirt.

    We discovered that we knew the following information about Ireland
    1. Dublin is the capital of Ireland.
    2. You can kiss the Blarney stone in Ireland and it gives you good luck.
    3. Glenview Primary School last year for their school production had dances from around the world and one of the dancing acts that was Irish and the performers danced an Irish jig. Damien was in the audience and said that the dancers moved their legs from side to side.
    4.We think that they have lots of pubs
    5. Potatoes has something to do with Ireland
    6. The Titanic was built in Ireland, Levi’s Nan went to Ireland for a holiday and as a result of that trip she brought a t-shirt that had that fact upon it.
    7. Fairies and Leprechauns are creatures from Ireland.

    We have made a post and put it on our class page.
    Mr Webb and Room Five.

  2. My goodness you really ‘hit the ground running’ upon your return to school.
    We are very happy to hear you know so much about Ireland as we are so far away from New Zealand.

    1. Dublin is the capital of Ireland.
    Yes that is true. We live to the south of Dublin. On the train, it is approximately an hour away.

    2. You can kiss the Blarney stone in Ireland and it gives you good luck.
    Yes you can kiss the Blarney stone and it make you ‘chatty’. This is a tradition and many tourists include ‘kissing the Blarney Stone’ in their trip to Ireland.

    The children in 2nd Class Room 6 are already blessed with this gift 😉 It is not easy to kiss the Blarney stone, one has to ‘bend over backwards’. One is held round the waist and the stone is down a ‘drop’ behind you. We think people get so nervous doing it that they ‘babble’ and talk a lot afterwards out of fright.

    3. Glenview Primary School last year for their school production had dances from around the world and one of the dancing acts that was Irish and the performers danced an Irish jig. Damien was in the audience and said that the dancers moved their legs from side to side.
    We are fond of the Irish jig. We do dancing in school, for a half an hour every Monday. Included in the lesson is Irish dancing. Damien’s description is very accurate. Traditionally too, Irish dancers just moved their legs and kept their arms down by their sides. This has changed in the last ten years, with the popularity of a show called ‘Riverdance’.

    4.We think that they have lots of pubs
    Sadly this is a view people have of Ireland. The Irish are very friendly and sociable. We used have a lot of pubs, but many have gone out of business. The government passed a ‘No drinking and driving’ law and also a ‘No smoking in public places’ law which mean people don’t go to the pubs as much.

    5. Potatoes has something to do with Ireland
    Potatoes were to Ireland as rice was to China 😀 but this has changed too.

    6. The Titanic was built in Ireland, Levi’s Nan went to Ireland for a holiday and as a result of that trip she brought a t-shirt that had that fact upon it.
    Indeed the Titanic was built in Ireland. We remembered the tragedy of the Titanic especially last year as it was 100 years since it happened.

    7. Fairies and Leprechauns are creatures from Ireland.
    This is a funny one 😀 We’ll get back to you on this.

    So now we will have a brainstorm on New Zealand. You will have to excuse us if we don’t come up with sven excellent answers as you have done 😉 Our excuse is that we are rather younger than you we think. Mostly we are eight.

  3. These are the facts we found out we knew about New Zealand after a brainstorming session.

    1. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand.

    2. The New Zealand rugby team are the best rugby players. They are a competitive, strong and brave team.

    3. The only famous person we could think of from New Zealand is the rugby player Sonny Bill Williams.

    4. We have seen the ‘haka’ before rugby matches. We heard it was a war chant to scare the enemy long ago. We are big fans of the ‘haka’
    http://www.newzealand.com/travel/app_templates/haka/index_content.html

    5. Kiwi fruit comes from New Zealand and it is also the name of a flightless bird.

    6. English is spoken in New Zealand!

    7. Hobbits live in New Zealand.
    We would appreciate your help to advise us if we have got anything wrong! Teacher will also fill us in on some of the gaps in our knowledge.

    As part of this we are going to learn the ‘haka’ from the link above.

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