Here are some robot illustrations i made especially for 2 little boys that i teach. They are obsessed! If you would like to print them for your lessons…go ahead! The kids have a great time imagining what to put in the drawers & filling in the alphabet or numbers where ive left gaps.
I count this painting i did for my husband a couple of months ago, as an early Xmas present. I printed out a sketch i did onto an 80x160cm canvas and added colour by hand using acrylics, and some left over wall paint so that it matches the living room. Its still a work-in-progress…i keep looking at it and one day it will come down and get a good old re-vamp.
Christmas is here…along with my rapidly emptying wallet! I went to the shops to find decorations for our Christmas plant (there’s no room for a tree in our tiny house), and everything i liked was so expensive! 5 euros for 1 decoration! What the…!!! If i am not mistaken, is there not a crisis in Greece at the moment?! Who the hell is going to buy anything at that price! I dont even want to know how much money you need to decorate a huge tree!
So with 5 euros i bought 1 kilo of air-dry clay that i used to make all the decorations for our “tree”. Add some paint, left-over ribbon and lights and hey presto! The Christmas spirit is here!
Last week was Jumping Jack week with my little students. We traced the body parts, coloured them, stuck on random stuff, cut them out and assembled them with those “split-clip” thingys and string. The kids loved them. Attention: little boys really like to pull that string to make them REALLY jump, and ripping may occur! Haha!
Last week we made mobiles! I found the idea in a fantastic book i bought while on holidays in Australia….but now i’ve lost it! Dont even remember what its called…Paper Crafts something. Im so upset. I’ll post the name of the book if i find it. Fingers crossed.
The kids eyes looked like they were going to fall out of their heads with excitement when i showed them a small version of what we were going to make. Was a good chance to learn about colours, shapes, the weather & solar system (though i doubt they’ll remember anything about that).
Here’s the template i made if you want to do it too. I printed it on A3 paper, because the diameter of my circle was 25cm. I used a cutting knife to cut the lines inside the green circle beforehand because i didnt want the kids to slash themselves in the middle of the lesson! So all they had to do was colour both sides and then cut the big outer circle with scissors.
Watch out if you use paint because the card can get a little damp and lose its shape.
Its a bit tricky to fold it out the first time so ive tried to simplify it using colours.
Goodluck! Send me pics if you do it…i want to see!
3D collage stuck onto the back of an old tile / Using everything from beads & pine cones to old broken fridge magnets & pebbles from the beach / Made by Lydia during our private English lesson.
Here are some seriously ancient illustrations i found that i did, about 5 years ago i think, for GYNAIKA magazine. I had totally forgotten about them as they never got published. They were done for an article about the impending economic crisis in Greece…but since the crisis wasn’t in full force yet, the editors probably didnt really believe it’d ever happen. Or be as bad as it is. So here they are, no longer illustrating an article, but the story of our life lately.
On another note…how different is my style lately!? So weird.