Enter the Greenhouse 1.0

The Gallery of a Young Girl

Cereal boxes April 29, 2014

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Done in February in class, the girl had to choose a cereal box, cut it diagonally, glue down one side and then recreate the missing side by hand.  Media included cardboard, pencil crayons, and fine liners.  Attention to detail, neatness, and colour-matching.

Special K Protein

Special K Protein

 

Christmas Crafting December 11, 2013

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So far this festive season, we have attempted to do some home crafts and recipes to counter the Marketing Machine.  Despite the colds going through our house, this is what we’ve accomplished thus far:

Craft #1 was our version of the Christmas Countdown paper chain.  The girl had done this in preschool, but I thought it would also be a good replacement for commercial Advent calendars.  I provided paper strips and markers, and the kids drew pictures and printed numbers on each strip.  After assembling the strips orderly into rings, we hung them in the bedroom.  And instead of ripping off the strips as the days pass, we are using a clothes peg to mark our progress.  Maybe they can be reused again next year.

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Craft #2 was our version of the paint chip Christmas trees, commonly posted on primary web sites or Pinterest.

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Craft #3 was a multi-step, multi-day event due to the use of acrylic paints:  Handprint Christmas balls.  The girl has also done a craft similar in  Kindergarten, but I added in a few more touches seen on Pinterest (like filling the ball with items too).

For the Snow Family, I painted the kids’ hands white and had them carefully wrap their fingers around the clear glass ball I placed in their hand.  Once it dried, we painted hats, scarves, and carrot noses.  Black Sharpies were used for eyes and buttons.  I made sure that each step was dry (-ish) before moving on to the next step.  Once everything was added to the outside it was time to fill the inside:  sea salt, black peppercorns, and orange card stock show the key components to snow people.

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At the same time that the Snow Family was being constructed, we were also creating a flock of Christmas Birds.  I painted the kids hands with brown (birds) and green (grass or leaves) acrylic paint, and carefully transferred the paint to the clear glass ball.  The birds became Robin Red-Breasts once we thumbprinted red bellies onto them.  Next came white frost on the grass, yellow beaks, and red Santa hats.  After the paint had COMPLETELY dried, we used black Sharpies to draw in eyes, and bird legs/feet.  Finally, we filled the ornament with bird seed and artificial red berries.

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I haven’t seen anyone fill these ornaments with seed or “berries” before, so I hope we’re not “stealing.”  ;)

 

All About Me November 25, 2013

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A collage completed at the beginning of the year, with help from Grandma, to introduce the girl to her class.

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Lots of baked goods, animals, Canadiana, craft supplies, and shells.  There were 3D elements glued on and popping out, but have since been flattened.

 

iRobot

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An assignment from school:

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My Robot Personal Servant

I would love to have a robot as a friend named Peppermint.  She’s small, has big cute eyes, a bow, a dress, and in the night she glows.  Peppermint shakes a little bit because she is scared sometimes.

The advantages of having a robot are, she has the turtle skill reaction, which means she can disappear into her shell.  She helps me do my chores, especially practicing for my piano lesson.  Peppermint also turns into a life-sized tiger, which is strange because of her unusual size.  A creative robot, she makes me my own foam house, and makes nice dresses too.

The disadvantages of having a robot servant are, she trips on the tile that is not properly in the floor of my granny’s kitchen.  She bumps into me because her hood is over her face.  Peppermint hides in her shell and sometimes breaks down like a computer.  Then I pick her up and pull and push, pull and push, to get her going again.  I might toss her onto the couch and then sit beside her and rub her too.  Then she might pop out and say, “Did I do it again?”  She has done this many times.

Peppermint is helpful, magical, cute, sweet, and caring.  I would like a robot servant because it would make my life easier.

 

by MG

 

Serious Sketching June 3, 2013

Filed under: Emotions,Nature,Pop Culture — Enter the Greenhouse @ 9:49 PM
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One word for this child and her drawings is … prolific.

At daycare and school, she draws a lot:  friends, characters, animals, nature scenes, emotions.  Its hard to keep up.  I am always struck with the level of detail and humour she includes.  She often leaves me blinking wordlessly at her insights.

In April we took a trip out to O.W.L. (Orphaned Wild Life) in Ladner to their annual open house.  We actually ran into two of the girl’s friends there, watched an eagle be released, bought an eagle stuffy, and “adopted” a red-tailed hawk named Ruby (also the name of our car).  Her friends “adopted” a snowy owl together.

Trip to O.W.L.

Trip to O.W.L.

Trip to O.W.L.

Trip to O.W.L.

Due to the boy, we’ve gone through a bout of watching EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of Power Rangers Super Samurai.  Inspiration for the next two depictions…

Power Rangers

Power Rangers

Power Rangers villain

Power Rangers villain

Currently, the both kids are going through EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of My Life as a Teenaged Robot.  Below are heroine and villain:

Jenny

Jenny

Vexas

Vexas

Her drawings come in the form of portraits…..

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….. and nature scenes.

Rainforest

Rainforest

Girly dinosaur

Girly dinosaur

During stressful times, she and I have often gotten into some pretty big fights.  A strategy she uses to calm down (while I’m taking a self-imposed time-out in a locked bathroom) is to draw her feelings.  Sometimes its how she is feeling at that moment, or how she wishes she could feel.  And sometimes they are advice to me (which I HATE but she’s right).

Turbulent relationship

Turbulent relationship (which includes My Little Ponies apparently)

Snuggle time

Snuggle time

Heart Chart

Heart Chart

 

Artistic Adventures @ Creative Kaos

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The most recent item to come home is a multi-media painting involving individually cut pieces of cardboard, layered onto a canvas, and painted at specific intervals.

Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger

This block print was created by carving away an image from the lino and then rolling on different layers of paint.  The effect of the black and orange makes the dog look quite striking IMO.

Printed Puppies

Printed Puppies

 

Recent creations March 28, 2013

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The girl’s latest canvas is of our cat, Nikki.  A few gems in key locations added a little extra dimension to this unassuming feline!

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Nikki

A new material/method not attempted very often was scratch drawing.  I love the textures she was able to achieve.  I wonder which tools were used.

Cobra

Cobra

 

 
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