Monday, October 24, 2016

Out of My Mind

Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper is an amazing novel about a girl named Melody with cerebral palsy who can neither move nor speak but is incredibly smart. She has a photographic memory and can “hear” colours and “taste” music, but she is utterly trapped in her mind. All people know is that she is a disabled girl who can’t speak.  

I really like this book because it shines light into the minds of people who can’t communicate, while showing the cruelty of the typical human response to such people. It is very interesting to read about the way we act towards these people, calling them “special”, “disabled”, or “gifted in other ways”, while looking away.  

I would definitely recommend this book because it is very enlightening and also a fun and emotional read. Check out this TED talk by a woman with the same condition as Melody. She is a hilarious comedian!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Biography Fair - Eva Perón

Inspired by the opera Evita, Serena chose Eva Perón as the study subject of her 7th Biography Fair. What a fascinating & controversial character who is both loved and loathed by the people of Argentina.

Serena had a chance to practice her Spanish during her presentation and unbeknownst to us, there happened to be a Spanish speaker in the audience. Thankfully she passed muster and was congratulated for a stellar performance!

While "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" is a beautiful song and Serena did an excellent job on the flute solo, I think we're all ready to get it out of our heads now...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Art Techniques

I recently started taking art lessons with a new art teacher, and she showed me different art forms I had never even heard of - let alone tried.  Some of these included mirror drawing, in some cases she folded the paper, made a design on one half, and I copied it on another.  A harder version I tried was drawing my hand, then mirroring it... upside down!

I also tried contour drawings, gesture drawing, drawing blind, and negative space.  I learned about techniques like pole drawing, where the pencil is at the end of a long pole and the paper is on the floor!

All in all, I learned that the world of art is a place I have explored little of, and I hope I continue to learn!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Bard on the Beach

My most recent excursion to Bard on the Beach was to watch The Merry Wives of Windsor, one of Shakespeare's most hilarious comedies, and the one closest to home for his original audience. It was set in Windsor, England, but this production switched it up by putting it in Windsor, Ontario (haha!), set in the swingin' 60's.

The physical comedy was really funny, especially how each character had their own hilarious style of walking (literally). One of the characters, Slender, walked leading with his hips, and he was constantly leaning so far back I thought he was going to snap in half.  Another, Mistress Quickly, was wiggling, shimmying and jiving so much that she couldn't seem to stand still. She must have been exhausted by the end of the performance! My mom loves Mr. Brook (the disguised Ford) the best with his groovy beatnik impersonation.

Unfortunately,  I couldn't enjoy the performance to its full extent, a bad cold struck me that morning and I was suppressing sneezes five minutes at a time. It was still highly entertaining; the combination of audience participation, great live pop & country music, and superb performances by all made it go by in a flash. I would definitely recommend this play, and watch it again if possible!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Izzy Dolls

Izzy dolls are knitted dolls anybody can make for Health Partners International of Canada to send to over 100 countries in their Humanitarian Medical Kit. The soft dolls provide padding for the life-saving medicine instead of paper packaging. The bonus part is, they're given out to sick children and well ones too who may have never owned a toy!

It's really humbling for me to know that something I've made can make a kid smile somewhere in another corner of the world. My Izzy doll is my first real knitting project which was fun to do with my other homeschool friends. I knitted the one in the fuzzy white sweater, while my mom made the ones on the far left and far right. I decided not to put eyes on them because I think it looked cuter! One thing's for sure, I'll making more Izzy dolls!

* Izzy Dolls are named in memory of Master Corporal Mark Isfeld.