Taking the summer slow

Summer time. A time to jam pack all sorts of fun into two short months.

We however did sneak an extra month in there by finishing our school year by the end of May. Summer is looking a little different for our family this year, taking it slow and sticking around home. Enjoying our beautiful back yard and the community programs our town has to offer. Other than our oldest two going to bible camp each for a week and swimming lessons we have nothing planned. Which is perfect for us this year anyway!

We now have the opportunity to feel relaxed and soak up leisure days in the sunshine without the rush to and fro, which comes with camping or road trips with five little ones.

So what am I doing with all my time? (Ha, ya I know… what extra time is that, I am sure your asking!?) For starters, working in the garden and flower beds daily, adding landscaping edging in the front yard, attending my baby sister’s wedding in which our little guy was the ring bearer, and I had the honor of being a bridesmaid. (I just have to insert here what a beautiful bride she was!) Doing a fundraiser for our Moms and Tots program selling frozen cookie dough (no big deal, just mixed up 91 batches- not dozen- batches) with the help of a couple others. As for today I hosted half a dozen mommy friends and their kids over so we could let some serious finger painting fun happen for the float we are doing in the town and country fair’s parade. Here is a sneak peak at our results-

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If you look closely, each of the handprints vary in size, all the kids had fun participating in the handprint rainbow for the parade. Next step is to cut it out and adhere it to a strong piece of cardboard (covering the back side in a solid light blue) cutting out large cardboard ‘clouds’ and covering the cloud pieces in white batting, and shimmering it with white glitter. Of course you can not have a rainbow without a sun, so our plan is to hit up Michaels craft store and purchase a large foam ball, spray paint it yellow, add some cool sun glasses, pipe cleaners in orange and yellow, and wire it on top to look as though its floating 🙂 . Will have to update on the day of the parade and let you all see the finished product.


Here is a little looksee at our fundraiser cookie dough (above), which was a huge hit I will have you know! I even bought a few to have on hand at my place (which I totally baked up a batch this morning for all the kids here!) So thankful for a successful fundraiser, our program really needed some $$$ for new play equipment.

Onto the outdoorsy stuff…

My new fav for this year- the snap dragons 🙂

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And what do those kiddo’s of mine do when I am accomplishing these things? Well the twins know how to have some fun- bottles of food coloring dye later…

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Until next time,


For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10


Enjoying the Arts

(Please note in the above photograph there is a spelling error- Pointillism not ‘Pointilissim’, it has since been corrected)

Losing yourself in the arts…

What beauty the world of art can bring us, dating all the way back thousands of years art has been created and further more- appreciated. Our kids have had the opportunity for the last couple of years to be part of the young artist program taught at our local Station Arts every winter. Each class is an hour and a half long where they explore a different technique and style each week. They also briefly discuss the most well known artists for each art movement in his/her time.

All the students work was beautifully displayed over the last month at the Station Arts. Recently we were able to bring home their cherished art. We then went to work displaying it in our own home- in the room where we play and do school work.

Firstly we made a display of the Impressionism artwork they did… DSCF4360 DSCF4364 DSCF4365 DSCF4367

We then went a little deeper and researched impressionism along with the most famous artists during this time-

“A French 19th century art movement which marked a momentous break from tradition in European painting. The Impressionists incorporated new scientific research into the physics of colour to achieve a more exact representation of colour and tone.
The sudden change in the look of these paintings was brought about by a change in methodology: applying paint in small touches of pure colour rather than broader strokes, and painting out of doors to catch a particular fleeting impression of colour and light. The result was to emphasise the artist’s perception of the subject matter as much as the subject itself.
Impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. The artists like to capture their images without detail but with bold colors. Some of the greatest impressionist artists were Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Pierre Auguste Renoir.
Manet influenced the development of impressionism. He painted everyday objects. Pissaro and Sisley painted the French countryside and river scenes. Degas enjoyed painting ballet dancers and horse races. Morisot painted women doing everyday things. Renoir loved to show the effect of sunlight on flowers and figures. Monet was interested in subtle changes in the atmosphere.
While the term Impressionist covers much of the art of this time, there were smaller movements within it, such as Pointillism, Art Nouveau and Fauvism.”

The next art technique they studied and tried was Pointillism


“Key Dates: 1890-1900
This movement developed from Impressionism and involved the use of many small dots of colour to give a painting a greater sense of vibrancy when seen from a distance. The equal size dots never quite merge in the viewer’s perception resulting in a shimmering effect like one experiences on a hot and sunny day. One of the leading exponents was Seurat to whom the term was first applied in regard to his painting ‘La Grand Jette’ (1886).
Seurat was part of the Neo-Impressionist movement which included Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Signac. The word Divisionism describes the theory they followed while the actual process was known as pointillism.The effects of this technique, if used well, were often far more striking than the conventional approach of mixing colours together.”

Followed by Cubism (which we displayed together with their Surrealism work, which is next to come)

As you can see their cubism art consists of the 5 ‘people’ playing instruments made out of individual shapes coming together to make an image.


Key Dates: 1908-1914
The Cubist art movement began in Paris around 1907. Led by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, the Cubists broke from centuries of tradition in their painting by rejecting the single viewpoint. Instead they used an analytical system in which three-dimensional subjects were fragmented and redefined from several different points of view simultaneously.
The movement was conceived as ‘a new way of representing the world’, and assimilated outside influences, such as African art, as well as new theories on the nature of reality, such as Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Cubism is often divided into two phases – the Analytic phase (1907-12), and the Synthetic phase (1913 through the 1920s). The initial phase attempted to show objects as the mind, not the eye, perceives them.
The Synthetic phase featured works that were composed of fewer and simpler forms, in brighter colours. Other major exponents of Cubism included Robert Delaunay, Francis Picabia, Jean Metzinger, Marcel Duchamp and Fernand Léger.

Onto Surrealism (which was pictured in the middle of the cubism display)

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As you can see- Surrealism looks exactly how it sounds- surreal. Dreams and reality blurring together. Some more information we found on Surrealism-

“Key Dates: 1920-1930
A literary and art movement, dedicated to expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious control of reason and convention. Surrealism inherited its anti-rationalist sensibility from Dada, but was lighter in spirit than that movement. Like Dada, it was shaped by emerging theories on our perception of reality, the most obvious influence being Freud’s model of the subconscious.
Founded in Paris in 1924 by André Breton with his Manifesto of Surrealism, the movement’s principal aim was ‘to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality’. Its roots can be traced back to French poets such as Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire and Lautreamont, the latter providing the famous line that summed up the Surrealists’ love of the incongruous; “Beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissecting table.”

They also explored Realism, which unfortunately we were unable to bring home due to how it was displayed (A mural of all the students work filled a 20 foot wall!). I hope you have had fun brushing up on your art history, as I myself have! We now have our very own art gallery in our home. It is a great enrichment in our homeschooling journey, until next time-


But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8

All information was taken from the art movements website which can be found here-