Sketch Tuesday ~ Zipper

We’ve been away visiting family over the Easter season and missed the past few Sketch Tuesdays.

But while sitting overlooking the Breede River estuary at low tide one morning, I felt the need to sketch and quickly penned this zipper on my boot ~

zipper 001

With my younger 2 daughters still enjoying the last week of their April school holidays, we should only return to our normal homeschool routine next week and look forward to joining you all at the slide show!


Sketch Tuesday ~ Orange

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is ~

Something Orange

Once again we enjoyed our Fine Arts Friday – our favorite day of the week!

It is a gentle schooling day … with Bible time covering a Parable minibook from our Free Parables Lapbook, then a quick spelling test, which Miss.L did on Spelling City this week as I was busy with one of my other children.

We relaxed, and thoroughly enjoyed our Art Appreciation, focusing on Michelangelo’s La Pieta.

English: Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's B...

Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

We marveled at Michelangelo’s brilliance at creating the intricate folds in Mary’s clothes and the seeming heavy and floppiness of Jesus’ dead body.  Miss.L dictated her thoughts, feelings and observations on our Famous Artist Biography page.  I loved our emotional identification to the statue’s name meaning “pity” because we felt a real sorrow looking at Mary.  Her hand which is held out and palm up speaks so much … surrender, perhaps even confusion, silent pleading?

Our Famous Composer this month is Chopin. I re-played some tracks of The Story of Chopin in Words and Music by VOX Music Masters and we listened to one or two of Chopin’s waltzes.

We had already discussed our sketch ideas for the new theme on Tuesday when we read Barb’s post on Tuesday.

I wanted to do something different.  (My eldest daughter remarked that many of my pen sketches look the same 🙂 )  I did a soft pencil sketch on orange paper ~

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Miss.L10 abandoned her initial ideas and did her own thing.  She wanted to color-in her pen sketch, but lost confidence and gave up.  She said it wasn’t “orange” enough to submit to Sketch Tuesday.  I suggested that we scan it and do something on Picasa to make it orange.  She felt better once it looked like this ~

orange 002There are days where doing art is comfortable, relaxing.  Some days are a struggle.  And there are days where we are just unable to create.

For me, it is the process of simply drawing or painting or sketching that is lovely.  The results are often not as pleasing.  But that is not important.

I encourage you to let your child simply “do art” and not worry about presenting a final art work.  I always ask my kids if I can post their work on my blog.  They often say yes, but if they are insecure, we simply file it in our notebooks.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you at the slide show!


Sketch Tuesday ~ Coffee Mug

Barb gave us this week’s theme ~

Coffee Mug

It’s our Fine Arts Friday – our favorite day of the week!

Grab a cup of coffee and join us …

Smell the fresh coffee beans lying on my tray … my coffee mug still-life waiting to be sketched …

I am reading the story of Michelangelo by Diane Stanley aloud.

Even my 13-year-old high schooler stops working on her physical science lesson, and listens …

Then I play The Story of Chopin in Words and Music by VOX Music and we all listen to Chopin’s biography and the music of this famous composer fills our room …

and we all sketch …

Miss.L10 sketched her mug and used water-color pencils and colored her sketch.

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Miss.K13, pencilled this sketch.  coffe mug 001She was very casual about spending Fine Arts time with us.

I love Charlotte Mason’s approach in our homeschooling, and even though both my high schoolers have “opted out” of our fine arts and nature study, I sense that because they are immersed in a rich atmosphere of classical music and fine arts, they appreciate it … even if it is expressed casually … like today!

I penned my sketch, adding details as the Chopin CD draws to the mug 002

Ah … coffee, great art, beautiful classical music … and sketching.

What a wonderful Friday!

See you at the slide show!


Sketch Tuesday ~ V

Here are our sketches for this weeks’ theme ~

Something Beginning with V

Miss.10 immediately thought of Vector Magnitude from the movie “Despicable Me”!

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I thought of Vikings!

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We love the simple, creative and open-ended topics Barb suggests each week!

I love the spontaneous approach we each feel towards the “what” and the “how” of our sketches.  There are some weeks that really inspire lots of detail, or an attempt with a new technique or art medium, or just quiet pleasure as we draw and create together.

See you at the slide show!


Sketch Tuesday ~ Texas

This weeks’ Sketch Tuesday theme is ~


We had to research Texas and look up the ideas such as the history and the flag for our inspiration because, as South Africans, we only had sterotypical concepts.  Please excuse my painting of cowboys and oil rigs! [smiles]

Miss.L10 sketched a really detailed picture of the war at Fort Alamo, but due to Sketch Tuesday’s G-rating, we did not share it here as there were some wounded soldiers on her page. So here is her 2nd painting ~


See you at the slide show!


Sketch Tuesday ~ Pirates

Here are our sketches for this weeks’ theme ~


Miss. L10 sketched and colored this wonderful, detailed sketch and then went on to sketch another …

She spent lots of time on these sketches as she joined me on my bed.  We have listened to several audio stories and enjoyed our art, music and tea together as I rest and recover. (I have downloaded several Narnia audio books from Ancient Faith for free!)

I sketched and painted this pirate picture.

I really encourage you to find and make time for fine arts in your homeschool schedule.  It doesn’t have to be formal or lengthy lessons.  Simply listen to a famous composer’s music while you sketch and paint and your child’s education will become deep and wide.

See you at the slide show!


Sketch Tuesday ~ Bounces

Here are our sketches for this weeks’ theme ~

Something that bounces

Miss. L10 sketched a dynamic bouncing ball, a girl bouncing on a trampoline while bouncing a basket ball, a girl jumping on a pogo-stick, kids bouncing on a bed and a mom bouncing a baby on her lap! WOW!

I did a very simple sketch of a mom bouncing her baby on her knees that I had hoped to paint, but just never got round to it … oh well, maybe this week …

See you at the slide show!


Sketch Tuesday ~ Toy Box

Here are our sketches for this weeks’ theme ~

Something in a Toy Box

We enjoyed some time painting and sketching.

Miss. L10 sketched several of her favourite toys ~

I sketched and used water-color pencils for my favourites of her toys!

(In fact her baby doll Michelle was my baby doll that my mom bought for me just days before my baby brother was born.  She has brown eyes – dolls like this were very unusual and difficult to find back in 1966!)

See you at the slide show and join us with this week’s theme!


Sketch Tuesday ~ Fall Colors

Here are our sketches for this weeks’s theme ~

Fall Colors

We enjoyed some time painting.

Miss. L10 painted and mixed lots of colors.  She added veins and details in pen.

I added splashes over my painting for texture and spent some time using pen adding details.

We both felt really happy with the results.

See you at the slide show and join us with this week’s theme ~ Sketch something from your toy box!


Pollock Paintings

One of Namuth's many photos of Jackson Pollock...We have looked at Jackson Pollock’s art over the past few weeks and I thought we would have loads of fun with Pollock-inspired “action painting” of our own, but it did not happen.

Well, not on the floor, or on paper, or on a canvas.  Not with actual paint.

Not every art appreciation lesson ends with an art activity.

We viewed “action art” such as the dart-throwing at paint-filled balloons scene in the Princess Dairies DVD

and were stunned and amazed at Amy Shackelton’s Extraordinary Brush-less Paintings  at Be sure to make time to view her video!

Finally, for fun, my kiddies entered paint world and played mess-less-splashy-drippy-multi-layered digital art.




Here they suddenly realized that it is not

simple or easy

to splash paint until it looks like an art work.

There are aspects like





and movement.

And they each found that their Pollock art felt “right” at a certain point.

Yes, it is deceptively simple,

but still


How have you enjoyed Jackson Pollock’s art?  Please feel free to share your post links or suggestions here in the comments.