Thursday, May 24, 2012


In reading, we have been given a task to paint a portrait of ourselves using Van Gogh's style. Here is the painting I created. I thought it wouldn't be that hard but it took a while!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Nasibah's Poster

Room came and joined our class on Friday. We created a poster with one of them. Here is the one that Nasibah and I created.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Starry Starry Night Critique

Starry Starry Night was painted by the unforgotten Vincent Van Gogh. This piece of art was painted in 1889 while VIncent Van Gogh was in France. It is around 73 by 92 cm big, about the same size as the Sunflowers painting.

Shining gold stars are painted onto the blue exaggerated sky. Blue is the main colour. Glowing yellow spots stand out from the dark purple village.

In the foreground, the bold brushstrokes make the tall curving cypress tree look like it’s moving. Almost like a flame. The church, houses, hills and much more are also in the background.

There are many objects in this painting. Two objects that I noticed that stand out, are the cypress tree and the church. I think they stand out because they both have a tall point.

This is one of Van Gogh’s many famous paintings and it is very nice. In fact, this is one of the most famous paintings he has done. If I had enough money, I would probably buy this painting but I think this won’t happen.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Swimming Lessons!

The smell of chlorine filled the classroom.  Grabbing my togs, I packed them away, ready to go swimming. I couldn’t wait!

Finally! Grasping my bag, I lined up ready to SWIM. Arriving at the pools, I immediately rushed to get changed.

Hopping in the pool, I felt a shiver run up my spine. First, like usual, we did two laps. Pushing off the wall, I felt myself glide through the water. Getting close to the end I felt someone nearly kick me in the face!

“As challenging as it is, I think I could probably do it”, I thought to myself. Our Instructor told us that we were going to try and swim 6 whole lengths non-stop! “Nevermind I can’t do it!”

Luckily, we got to choose how swam. Straight away I yelled out backstroke! Laying my back on the water, I pushed off and then started to kick. Coming close to the end I spied the flags above me. Quickly heading back to the other side, I saw everyone going past me. Reaching the flags, I felt someone coming close to me. Finally, I reached the end. “Oh” I groaned as the next room walked in. Time to get out.

Tired but happy, I walked back to class waiting for the next day. I couldn’t wait. “Hopefully I’ll be able to swim 6 lengths by Friday” I thought to myself.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Compensation Strategy

This is one of the strategy's that I have been learning. Compensation.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Anzac Biscuits Container

One of the books we read was about Anzac day. Also we had to create a biscuit tin. This was my one.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh was a very poor man. He had many jobs before he started working as an artist. His life was filled with anger and sadness.

One time when he got upset he cut part of ear off and sent it to his girlfriend. She didn’t like it though so she sent it back.

Van Gogh died at the age of 37 from a gunshot. He shot himself after he had done the Sunflowers painting. 2 days later he died.

Vincent Van Gogh was normally very hungry because he would spend all his money on paint.  He got really unhealthy and sick.

This man drew and painted lots of paintings. They were based on his feeling and his emotions. Most of the time he was angry and upset.

While he was alive all of the art he did were worth nothing because no one really liked it. After he passed away everyone started to realise how good his work was. Nowadays people would pay millions to have his artwork.

Starry Starry Night

Blossoming Almond Tree

Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night

Sunflowers By Van Gogh

The Sunflowers painted (with oil paint) by the well known Vincent Van Gogh is very very valuable. It is around 73 by 92 cm. In 1888, when it was painted, it was worth nothing, but 99 years later in 1987 it was sold for $40 000 000.

If you were to run your hand over this famous and cheerful painting, which probably wouldn’t happen, you would feel that the texture is very rough. When Van Gogh painted this he would have glumps of paint. He sometimes used a knife when he was painting.

The main colour in this painting is yellow, it is a very happy and cheerful colour. Cheerful and happy was exactly what he was feeling at this time. He also used the colours red and orange.

When I look at this Sunflower painting I think of something happy and cheerful because of the bright and sunny colours. Also this painting looks very realistic with its different ages of sunflowers. This painting has a lot of positives, I can’t even think of anything negative!

As everyone knows Van Gogh is very famous for his artwork. Van Gogh painted this piece of art to hang up in Paul Gauguin's room. Paul Gauguin was one of Van Gogh best friends and he was coming to stay with him. This made him very glad.

2 years later after he had painted the Sunflowers, he died. People say he shot himself and two days later he died. While he was alive his art was worth only a few dollars. After this happened everyone realised that his artwork was AMAZING. Now his paintings are worth millions!