Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The Group of Two

With all the rain we have had lately, I thought this would be a perfect time to share a few photos from one of our recent outdoor art classes.  Since September, we have been studying Canada, and I have tried to incorporate a Canadian theme into our art lessons.  So, it goes without saying we have spent a couple of weeks studying the Group of Seven.  Much to my surprise, the boys are loving art class!  Sure, it pales in comparison to our weekly skates at the Qplex, bikes rides, swimming, and our soccer and football games, but, nonetheless, they seem to really enjoy painting, drawing, and working with clay.  This thrills me to no end because it adds an additional layer, perhaps a more sensitive layer to the always wrestling, refusing-to-change-their-underwear, rough and tumble boys I deal with everyday.

Here they are quietly studying the "Canadian landscape".  Oh, and yes, in case you have forgotten, it is sunshine that is lighting this picture up and warming their little bodies so they do not have to wear a jacket . . . tee hee!

They started with viewfinders to help them narrow down the area they wanted to concentrate on.

They sat here for forty-five minutes drinking in their surroundings and drawing what they saw.  Needless to say, I was shocked!

While they drew, I talked to them about drawing what they saw rather than what they think things look like, and I was happy to see what they came up with.


Elliot's (our neighbour's house on the water)

Then we headed back into the house to transform their drawings into paintings (the tricky part).

Elliot found this particularly challenging:

But he stuck with it, and I am glad he did because his painting turned out awesome.



And just for a while I thought, maybe, just maybe these boys have more Skov-Nielsen in them than just their looks; however, this thought quickly diminished as soon as they started their plans for a monthly art sale held at our house, where their priceless treasures could be auctioned off at top dollar . . . tee hee!

Yep, they're Websters through and through (with just a sprinkling of Skov-Nielsen).

Oh, and before you go and think: "Wow! That Krista is doing some amazing things with her boys", (cuz I know that's what you're thinking . . . tee hee!), here was today's art lesson:

Maple Leaf Foxes!
(Maple Leaf = Canadian, so we are good, eh?)

Meet Bling Bling Fox (Avery's):

And Phoenix the Fox, whom I am told by Elliot is a little crazy, which is indicated by his "crazy" eyes:

They are so cute!!  I have my awesome sister, Hilary, to thank for this great craft idea.

So, yeah.  I haven't been blogging much lately, but, as you can see, we've been pretty busy around here and up to lots of shenanigans. 

I'll keep you posted on our upcoming art auction.  I'm guessing Phoenix will go for big bucks! 

Tee hee!



  1. The Boys did a great job, I love their paintings!!!!!!! The foxes are great too!! I don't know if it'll work down here, but I love to see what children can do with paint and paper. Keep up the great work!

  2. The fox craft looks great! Bling Bling and Phoenix are definitely two foxy foxes. Ha,ha!

  3. I agree! The paintings are amazing!!1