Posts tagged #learning

Time flies

Today I'll start a journey... I will start a 2-months long course, to which I will dedicate my time, my heart and soul. Because of my other activities, my time will be limited, so for a while, there will be less talking here on this blog, but more pictures, yay!

I'm far better expressing myself with pictures rather than words, so this will be easier for me (to keep in touch) and exciting too! I hope you will find my post interesting and inspirational! Let me know!

See ya' - soon!

#12: Chances are...

It is not easy to keep up with everything these days. Too much work away from home, too much destructions keeping me far from my computer and add to this a naughty Muse who plays with me whenever I have a minute or two of my free time... - then you will know a result: chaos and delay. Sorry!

[detail of a work in progress]

Because it is a year 2012, the game 'Giving thanks, giving gifts' will have 12 questions to be answered. So, this is a last post of the game. I would like to say thanks today to all the creative souls out there. They paint our world with beautiful colors and with positive thinking. They are trying to find beauty in everything. They are trying to listen to the whispers from within... 

Here is the question #12: 

Do you have your favorite creative person(s) you would like to recommend to all of us that we should check him/her out?

Check the rules of the game 'Giving thanks, giving gifts 2011' here. You have time until Sunday, to answer all the questions and finish all the tasks required. Have a good day and thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Back to School: Cleaning paint-brushes

We're back... - to school. This time we will show you how we take care of our paint-brushes with kids.

We tell them they should not leave the paint-brushes in the water, because the brushes' hair will change shape:

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They should put them out and leave them on a cloth:

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[It is a bit different for acrylic paint, but since we usually don't use acrylic paint with kids, we teach them this way (for working with watercolors or tempera paint).]

Every time we change the color or want to clean the brush, we dip the brush into the water and push it hard to the bottom of the cup:

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Then we wipe the paintbrush on the cloth (if there's too much water on it):

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When we're done with painting, we usually clean our paint-brushes with a soap:

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And then we wash them under running water:

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That's why it's very important to use quality paint-brushes, so that they 'survive' all the painting and the cleaning process and serve us well.

We hope you find this information useful, so now you're all ready to have fun with the paint and with your kids :)! Enjoy!

Back to School: How to hold paint-brushes

If you learned by now how to hold drawing materials, then you probably won't have any problems holding paint-brushes. 

You can hold them like you hold pencils. If you paint details, you hold the brush closer to the tip:

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If not, then you hold them loosely, away from the tip:

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However, if you use wider brushes and paint bigger areas, you can hold your brush like this:

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Or you can hold them the same - like smaller brushes:

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Easy, isn't it?

Hmm, and now that our paint-brush has got dirty... - what's next? Well, you will have to wait until next time or you can come to Koper on Saturday (24. Sept.) and watch me paint at the event Sladka Istra (= Sweet Istria)...

Back to School: How to hold pencils and other drawing materials

Now that you've got drawing materials, it's time to learn how to use them. It is very important to use them the right way as the hand is 'the eyes' of the brain. When we write and draw, we stimulate our brain in a certain way, and that's important for our development. 

We said a few words in this post how to hold a pencil, but since I was talking to a brain specialist who also mentioned the importance of the correct use of a pencil, we decided to say a few words more, now that the school has started.

We help ourselves to put a pencil in a hand with our left (or opposite) hand. We set it out like you see on a picture bellow: it rests on a middle finger and on the spot between thumb and forefinger.

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Then you just hold the pencil with thumb and forefinger.

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On the pictures below you can see how the hand looks like without a pencil. You can see we use three fingers. The middle finger is for a support, so it is not set right next to a forefinger. We push it a bit more toward the inside of the hand.

With the thumb and forefinger we create so-called pipette hold.

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Here is one of the tips how you can help yourself or your children to learn and practice for a pipette hold. They should thread beads or other small objects, where they need fine motor skills.

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If you make sketches with your drawing materials, you can hold your pencil more loosely - like you see on the picture below. 

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We hope, the post was helpful. If you have any other tips, suggestions or comments, let us know - our mission is to help as many people as we can and to help each other. Thank you!

Posted on September 5, 2011 and filed under children, creative lecture, education, how to..., materials.