Sunday, February 03, 2019

Hourly Comic Day 2019

The first of February is Hourly Comic Day. Minimus is up for the challenge...

Six o’clock on a freezing morning! 
Seven o'clock, and Minimus is frying his breakfast.
Eight o'clock, and Minimus is getting himself ready for school
Nine o'clock, and Minimus is singing in assembly
Ten o'clock, and Minimus is having a little trouble with his cursive writing...
Eleven o'clock, and Minimus is measuring cheese in his Maths lesson
Twelve o'clock is lunchtime for a hungry mouse!

One o'clock, and it's time for a little fresh air.
Two o'clock music lesson - Minimus does like his brass instruments!
Three o'clock, and Minimus is practising his boxing skills
Four o'clock - time for a dance before going home from school!
Five o'clock, and Minimus is playing with his friend the hedgehog
Six pm, and Minimus is attending to his toilet (as it were)
Seven pm, time to read in bed!
Eight o'clock in the evening, and Minimus' busy day is over. Sleep well, little mouse!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Twitter Challenges: 2, Hourly Comics Day

The first of February marks Hourly Comics Day, where artists, cartoonists and illustrators try to draw and post an image for each hour they are awake. I reworked my artwork from last year and made the Latin more legible. I'm very happy with how they turned out!

Twitter Challenges: part 1, Inktober

Inktober involves making an ink drawing each day throughout October. This time, the challenge offered a one-word prompt for each day, so I decided to translate the words into Latin and interpret them via Minimus, Vibrissa and Rufus. The drawings were photographed on my phone and not really cleaned up - but here they are anyway!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A little story by a y5 pupil

Minimus and Vibrissa get a family
A long time ago lived a mouse called Minimus. He was a very small mouse, who had a best friend called Vibrissa. She was a cat. I would think that was a weird combination, but they didn’t mind. Most of the time they hung out together until one day Vibrissa was adopted. Minimus was all alone until he decided to go and find her. She lived in the commander’s house at Vindolanda now. So he sneaked in and said, “salve, Rufus!” to the youngest child, who was playing with Vibrissa. Rufus noticed Minimus and he ran over and called the two eldest children. Their names were Flavia and Iulius. When they came, they said “Oh, look, a new pet! How cute!” So they kept him, and that is how Minimus and Vibrissa found a family.
Story and picture by Abi, 9

Friday, March 25, 2016

Animating mosaics from Roman Britain

I have tried animating a couple of mosaics, just to see what happened. I was inspired to try it after seeing the wonderful Greek vase animations made by Panoply
The first one is the surprisingly cheerful Aldborough Wolf with Romulus and Remus.

This is the Rudston Venus - not your average Roman goddess! The fishy chap is Triton. I wonder which mosaic I should tackle next?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Making Samian ware - part 1

Year 5, the class that study Minimus,  have been learning about Roman Art. Both of us who teach them Art and Craft are Classicists, so it's been a particularly interesting topic. We have made 'fresco' panels (more on those in a future post), looked at the Medusa story and tackled pottery.
We decided to try making replica Samian ware bowls like those at Vindolanda, and to take the children through all the steps of the process. We used terracotta clay, the usual school kind.

The children made moulds in disposable plastic bowls, pressing the clay in by hand and making sure it was thick enough to take stamps. The stamps used were a mix of buttons, cufflinks, a Minimus brooch and beads. We used dried alphabet pasta for lettering. The letters in the mould had to be added in reverse, so the writing on the finished bowl would be the right way round.

 Then, when the moulds were dried a little, we took them out of the plastic bowls and let them dry completely before firing. The pasta burned away to nothing in the kiln (our kiln is very well ventilated and in a separate room!) The next step was to roll out a slab of clay about a centimetre thick, drape it over the mould and press it in with wet hands. This was one of the messiest parts of the operation!

 Then we dried the bowls, trimmed the edges and fired them.

Instead of terra sigillata slip, we used clear glaze, as diluted as possible. It isn't perfect, but it does give the right general impression!

The finished bowls were displayed on shelves made from recycled sports photo frames! I glued the perspex into the frame with hot glue and made shelf supports with square section wood strips. The shelves are hot-glued together. I printed labels on buff sugar-paper, to look like vintage museum labels. The children are very proud of their Samian ware!