For the past months i’ve been busy drawing hiking trails and paths as part of the project “Paths of Culture”, that Elliniki Etairia, Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage is implementing together with various municipalities around Greece. The project aims to give new life to trails with natural beauty and historical importance, and promote hiking and eco-friendly tourism beyond the summer season, thus stimulating local economies.
So far i’ve sketched out and designed the signs for 2 trails, the Aporthianos path on the island of Patmos, and the Pine-Forest trail in Marathonas. The style is purposely childish and the angles and perspective are off. There’s even a smiling octapus in the sea, that i dont think is actually there, and nor does he smile. This is to make it more friendly and appealing, and less like an actual “to-scale”, serious map.
Its a super fun project and there’s more to come!
My beautiful students love when i bring over my huge roll of paper…so one week we decided to put it to good use. They lay down and i traced their bodies, then they filled themselves in. This was a good way to learn the names of body parts, colours, and also talk about tall, short, big & small etc. I love how the styles of drawing change with age…
Top: Alexia 5yrs old, Eleni 4yrs old
Bottom: Lydia 8yrs old, Stavro 4yrs old
This summer i left the heatwave of Athens and went Down Under to Sydney and the nice cool winter. I had the best time visiting family and one of the hightlights was when my beautiful neices took me and Husband ceramic painting. We loved it! We went to Tennyson Studio and had such a great time. After spending most of our time just trying to decide what to paint Ticky showed us the basics and we were on our way.
Here’s what i did…
Here are some fish we made before the summer holidays with all the kids i tutor. They’re flexible and so cool…if you run and hold them behind you it looks like they’re swimming! Not too good when you want the kids to sit down and learn :)
As promised here is a photo of my dough version of Kyra Sarakosti or “Lady Lent”. I love her! Make with flour+water+decorate with happiness. Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees or until all rozy and brown.
My husband is in love with her too and wont let me break her legs off! He feels sorry for her. But it’s tradition!
Here are some sitting chickens the kids made for Easter! We’ve made them in different sizes, coloured them with crayons and on some we used crepe-paper for the wings and crest. To make them use the template below, fold and cut along the orange line.. The wings and any extra bits can be made by using the left over pieces after all the cutting. Watch out because younger children find it a little difficult cutting around the tail bit. But its all worth it. They are all so cool i wanted to steal them and take them home all for me!
Today during my English lesson I showed the girls how to make Kyra Sarakosti or “Lady Lent” which is a greek tradition. You make her on Clean Monday, out of paper or dough. Since I wasnt about to take over the poor family’s kitchen I opted for paper! She has no mouth because she is fasting and she has seven legs, representing the number of weeks in Lent. Every week leading up to Easter you remove a leg! Here she is in all her glory! I got so excited that tomorrow i’ll make my own out of dough to hang in my kitchen.
Xmas day was also the suprise 60th birthday party for my dad! The man is obsessed with playing chess so i made him a “Chess Master” hat to wear. He didnt take it off all night, and not even when he was hard at work simultaneously playing a quick match and eating cake! Kasparov would be jealous! Haha!