Season’s Greetings!

Hi! Oh, my! It’s been so long! This is the first day in what feels like months, that I have found a little time to sit down at the computer for a blog post. We are still here and well, though I did have an ear infection right before Thanksgiving that left me feeling run down for ten days before I figured out what was going on.IMG_6259 IMG_6264 We celebrated Martinmas with the Waldorf early years co-op I have mentioned before. At the beginning of the school year, we were able to do so much with that group. However, my older kids always felt angry at being made to attend because they were so much older than all the other children. I started to feel like it might be better for our family to spend the co-op morning out doing more serious hiking and nature exploration on our own. For now, I am feeling torn about what my membership in that group looks like . I love, love, love the mothers and children and will miss the camaraderie that group brings, but I also love getting out and really hiking with my older kids in a way that is enjoyable for them.IMG_6374 Last month, I was the very lucky winner of a beautiful skein of Mountain Girl yarn! Kim, of Mothering with Mindfulness, hosted the giveaway and when the package arrived I was blown away by the lovely yarn and packaging. It was all so wonderful! I wish I had some knitting to report, but I think that will be done after Christmas.IMG_6449 IMG_6454

IMG_6497We have done some Christmas decorating, but the tree is still bare! I took the photo of our family room the other night trying to catch the warm glow and cozy feeling I had as I looked at our tree and window stars. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t catch it because I think it was all feelings. For advent this year, we set up a nativity with twenty-four glass pebbles leading to the manger. Every day someone moves baby Jesus closer to his manger. For the past few years, our advent has been centered around the more faith-based tradition of lighting a candle every Sunday and talking about the Christ-like attribute associated with that week. The four weeks are Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. A final candle is lit on Christmas Eve, the Christ candle. This has been a very easy, lovely and meaningful way for our family to keep our faith as the center of the season. IMG_6503 IMG_6520 I am officially the mother of teenager! Teal turned thirteen-years-old yesterday. Somehow, she managed to get a three-day celebration with a party on Friday, hanging out at the mall (!!!) with a friend on Saturday, and celebrating her real birthday on Sunday. I love her. We gathered in the family room for the story of her birth last night, my favorite birthday tradition.IMG_6488 IMG_6494Until this weekend, we haven’t had any snow! That has allowed us to be out and hiking together much longer than usual. Did you see the photo above this last one? My goodness, the way the sunlight sparkled on my three children in those few moments was positively magical. That is why the decision about participating in our co-op has been so hard. I love having a group, but I am fully in love with being outside with my children.

I hope this post finds you well, friends. Thank you for taking the time to read.

Seventh Grade Perspective Drawing

IMG_5817IMG_5730IMG_5744 IMG_5746We started the seventh grade year with Perspective Drawing. I intended to follow the sequencing in Perspective Drawing by Herman von Baravalle, but determined there were some activities in other books that I wanted to include. I ended up sequencing the drawings in a way that made sense to me; getting progressively more complex over the course of four weeks. My seventh grader also had no experience with perspective drawing so the sequence I chose was pretty basic. We ended up doing only two finished drawings per week, but each finished drawing included one or more rough drafts. (During this block we were also making our way through Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain, which I believe I mentioned earned the honor of being the worst book my seventh grader has ever read!)

I bought some fancy pencils and erasers and a T-square, but stacked painting boards on top of each other to give my seventh grader a drawing board. (A T-square requires that the surface you are working on {the drawing board} have a little depth so that the “T” end can sit below the level of the paper.) The fancy pencils and erasers were unnecessary in my opinion, but the T-square was a must have for perfect parallel and perpendicular lines!

Resources:

  • Perspective Drawing by Herman von Baravalle, PhD
  • Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools by Thomas Wildgruber
  • Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart by Van James

Exercises

  • Perspective division exercises: Finished row of trees (single vanishing point) pp. 9-11 Baravalle
  • Diminishing perspective drawing: Beach highway scene (single vanishing point) Fig. 3.51 James
  • Renaissance floor tiles (single vanishing point) Fig. 3.52a-f James
  • Floating cuboids (single vanishing point with views of different sides of cube figures) p.307 Wildgruber
  • Glass Cube (single vanishing point, but looking through the ‘glass’ to all sides) p. 308 Wildgruber
  • Three cuboids on a plane (single vanishing point, but three-dimensional shading) p. 309 Wildgruber
  • Basic city scape (double vanishing point, cubes as buildings, 3D shading) fig. 34 Baravalle
  • More complex city scape (double vanishing point, shading, finished buildings with windows, etc.) Fig.3.56a James

In addition to the perspective drawing itself, I tried to focus on coloring the drawings with shading related to a light source. That was a lot harder for my seventh grader than I thought it would be!

Do you have a favorite exercise you use for perspective drawing? Thanks for visiting!