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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Water Babies Creativity

This Christmas, my mother, brother and I made water babies for Christmas Gifts. First we put the water babies crystals into the water. After about two hours, the water babies would have grown full-sized as shown in the pictures above.

Next, we took out all the empty bottles which we would like to put the water babies. We drained out all the water and placed the water babies into the empty bottles. We put them into layers of different colours as shown in the pictures below.

After all the water babies were put into the containers, we wiped dry the bottles. After that, we painted the covers of the containers. Then we decorate the covers with glitters.

It was so much fun making the water babies. We had so much fun but it was a lot of things to clear and tidying up. It was no fun clearing all the mess after that.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ninja Turtles

This is Leonardo or Leo. He is the unofficial leader of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle brothers -- Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello. He is often referred to as :Splinter Junior" by his brothers. Leo is a team player and likes to take the lead and come up with battle strategies.

This is Raphael. Raphael is brash, restless, opinionated, stubborn and temperamental. He loves to fight and the physical aspects of ninjitsu. He is hot-headed and often likes to fight first and ask questions later. His flashing twin steel sais and his hair-trigger temper make Raphael a fearsome and fearless warrior.

This is Donatello, the brains of the Ninja Turtles group. Donatello has a natural ability to understand how things work. He is a great inventor as well. He can build high-speed vehicles and turtlized accessories out of scraps and trash.

This is Michelangelo. He is a natural born athlete. Mikey loves to be the centre of attention. He has a sense of humour and has an easy-going nature. He is always the group's peacemaker.

Notice the bubbles in the above pictures. Now you can use The Bubblenator to add bubbles speech to your pictures. I had added bubbles to them. Add any words which you would like to the pictures. You can add as many bubbles as you like to the pictures. Create your own comics or cartoons with bubbles -- simply upload a picture at The Bubblenator and you can add bubbles to the picture next. The last step is to type in your speech! The Bubblenator is free to use and easy to use. I Love it!

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Great Impressionist

Claude Monet

Claude Monet(1840-1926) Arts

Through the Eyes of Monet


1840 - Born on November 14th in Paris, France. French painter who was the initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style.

1832 - Monet's choice of Algeria for service was perhaps a result of his admiration for the Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix, whose colouristic work had been influenced by a visit to Morocco.

1845 - When Claude, the eldest son of Adolphe Monet, a grocer, was five years old, the family moved to the Normandy coast, near Le Havre, where his father took over the management of his family's thriving ship-chandlering and grocery business.

1855 - Monet's first success as an artist came when he was 15, with the sale of caricatures that were carefully observed and well drawn. In these early years he also executed pencil sketches of sailing ships, which were almost technical in their clear descriptiveness.

1859-1860 - He first visited Paris, where he was impressed by the work of the Barbizon-school painters Charles Daubigny and Constant Troyon.

1861-1862 - This informal training was interrupted by a call to military service; he served in Algeria, where he was excited by the African light and colour.

- Monet returned to Le Havre, perhaps because of illness, and again painted the sea with Boudin, while also meeting the Dutch marine painter Johan Barthold Jongkind.

1863-1866 - One of the most ambitious of these early works (which was never finished, supposedly because of negative comments by Gustave Courbet) was Déjeuner sur l'herbe (“Luncheon on the Grass”), named after Édouard Manet's notorious painting shown in the "Salon des Refusés".

1870 - At Trouville, in broad, assured gestures, Monet painted a study of Camille on the beach. It is as animated an example of visual realism as had ever been painted: grains of sand remain embedded in the pigment.

- In order to avoid the Franco-German War, he left his son and Camille, whom he had just married, and traveled to London.

1872 - Monet discovered Japanese prints, the decorativeness and flatness of which were to have a strong influence on the development of modern painting in France.

1876 - A liaison began between Monet and Alice Hoschedé, the wife of a department-store owner and collector. Monet had incurred a burden of debts in Argenteuil, and Camille was pregnant and ill.

1879 - At Vétheuil the Monets were joined by Hoschedé, who had left her husband, and six of her children. Using funds from her dowry she assumed Monet's debts and cared for Camille, who died in September.

1883 - Monet, Hoschedé, her children, and Monet's sons, Jean and Michel, settled at Giverny, a hamlet near Vernon, 52 miles (84 km) from Paris, on the tiny Epte River. There Monet purchased a farmhouse surrounded by an orchard, which was to be his home until his death and is now a French national monument.

1899-1904 - The first (for which he made at least three trips to London) was the extensive multiple series representing the River Thames, the Waterloo and Charing Cross bridges, and the Houses of Parliament.

1908-1912 - The second and last of the architectural motifs Monet pursued was the canals and palaces of Venice. Monet began this series and continued, although he worked on these subjects at Giverny.

1915 - The concept of embracing spatiality, new to the history of painting and only implicit in the first water-lily paintings, unfolded during the years until the artist's death into a cycle of huge murals to be installed in Paris in two 80-foot oval rooms in the Orangerie of the Tuileries.

1926 - Died on December 5th in Giverny.

Other Links

Claude Monet Paintings
Claude Monet Biography
Claude Monet Calendar - sweet memories

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