Thursday, April 12, 2018
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!
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
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
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
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.
Then we dried the bowls, trimmed the edges and fired them.