Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Our Asia trip is officially one month away!! We received this lovely fan in the mail from Lauren via Singapore mail service. She's the reason for this adventure and I really can't think of anyone better to explore Asia with other than her and Kyle.
Our flights and hotels are booked. If anyone has suggestions for daily outings and adventures for Singapore; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Chaing Mai, Thailand; AND/or Phuket, Thailand please comment.
Have a fabulous weekend,
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
This lesson was part of our county’s sixth grade fine art assessment. I think they did a great job. Can you guess which type of land development they painted?
You can check out the rest here at imadepurple.edublogs.org
We discovered this charming town on the way home from Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge. We stopped for lunch and coffee but ended up walking around the whole town instead. It took less than fifteen minutes to complete a circle but there was so much to see. It honestly felt like we were on a movie set. What I liked most was the preserved architecture; many of the structures were original or built to look original. And, the citizens (all 900 of them) acknowledged their historic ties with ads for ghost tours, civil war trails, and museums. You could tell they were proud of their history. I wish I took more photos. Definitely stop and explore if you're in the area.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kyle and I went to the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge today because he heard it was the place to see bald eagles. I've never seen a bald eagle in real life, so I was excited. We picked an easy trail and made our way with Oscar to the marsh where the locals say the eagles nest. We did not see any at first, but Kyle used the mega-view finder and spotted two nesting together! They were in the nest for sometime but eventually flew around the marsh and entertained us for a while. At one point, there were four bald eagles flying over our heads!
The Refuge is next to Mason Neck State Park (which we did not explore) but I'm sure we'll go back. Hope you had a great Sunday,
Friday, March 9, 2012
These are illustrations from John Holcomb's series titled, "The United Plates." If you haven't already guessed, the series includes states -and the district- in the form of foods. They're fun....simple.....quirky. Props to Holcomb for tapping into a hot market....almost everyone has state pride. You can purchase the prints on his website and view his other series, US Presidents.
Have a fun Friday,
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Lively Morgue is the New York Times' tumblr page featuring photos -some published, some never published- from their print editions. They have over 5 million prints in their collection and thought it'd be neat to post a few per week as they digitize their collection. I agree!
It's fun to look at the images and imagine their history (image above: hello speak-easies! can you imagine?). The blog also provides the 'back story,' which are the notes on the reverse side of the photo. Can you spot the grease pencils!? It reminds me of my high school newspaper days. I think they do things differently now..... I feel old...... Anywho.
Check out the Lively Morgue,
Monday, March 5, 2012
My fourth grade class painted landcapes featuring a Virginia region. We discussed how Virginia is made up of mountains, beaches, marshes, and plains. Each student designed a composition of a region they’ve been to in Virginia or would like to visit. I especially like how they practiced several painting techniques by filling in the foreground, middleground, and background. Head to imadepurple.edublogs.org to see more.