Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sculpture by the Sea Excursion Report

I hope everyone enjoyed our excursion last Tuesday's to Bondi to Tamarama Sculpture by the Sea. I had a terrific day, we were so lucky with the weather, weren't we?

Today you will be able to post your photos and your work on one of the sculptures exhibited this year.

You will need to use bubbleshare or flickr slides. Let's concentrate on bubbleshare today.

You have to register with bubbleshare first. Just follow the instructions to upload your photos from your pc or your camera. Marion and myself will help you if you need us to.

Once you have your album, this tutorial tells you how to embed (add and display inside a post) a bubbleshare slideshow in your blog.

If you haven't got any photos with you, go to p: drive and in the LANGUAGES folder, go to Rosa's folder and use any of the photos there to practise creating a bubbleshare slideshow. Embed it in you blog. Have fun!

When you finish, record a recount of the day in Audacity. Tell us what you liked about it, your favourite sculpture, if you went =back with your family and friends, anything about it!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sculpture by the Sea 2008

These photos are from Sculpture by the Sea 2007. Sooon you'll be able to take photos for your blogs of Sculpture by the Sea 2008!

Tomorrow is the big day! Remember to bring your camera and take photos of your designated sculpture and any other sculptures that take your fancy. You can also take a bit of video and upload it to bubleshare with the Add Video button (next Add Image). Next week I'll put a tutorial on how to add your bubbleshare album in your blog post.

If you've lost the excursion worksheet, get it here.

  • Here is a link to CityRail. Please check the timetable for the Kogarah 9:16 train to Bondi Junction and work out what time you should take it if you join us from another station (eg Elmira will catch the train from Rockdale).
  • Now check at what time we have to catch the train at Bondi Junction in order to be in Kogarah at 2:30 pm.
  • Now tell us what bus we should catch at Tamarama, so that we know when we should start leaving the exhibition.
When you finish, get headphones and start Audacity. We are going to use it again (IT fixed it!) to learn how to edit your recordings and save them as mp3 files. Marion and myself will be there to help you. You can talk about what we are doing tomorrow. Record it, listen to it, correct any grammatical or pronunciation mistakes and re-record that passage. When you are pleased with your work, export it as mp3 and save it in a memory stick. Have fun!

Monday, October 20, 2008

News: Sculpture by the Sea

This is the picture that I posted as a puzzle yesterday. You were right, it's called i-sea! Why do you think it's called that?

Part of our course is Reading News. This is an article about Sculpture by the Sea in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Read it and answer these questions:

  1. How many sculptures are described in the article?

  2. What materials are they made of?

  3. Give an example of interaction of the art work with the environment.

  4. What's a synonym of elephant?

  5. How do participant artists feel?

Once you answer the questions, write a short text in your own words and add it to the post you wrote yesterday on Sculpture by the Sea.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sculpture by the Sea 2008

Last week Marion and I decided to introduce you to one of the most spectacular art exhibitions in Australia, Sculpture by the Sea. I took the pictures above at Sculpture by the Sea 2007.

We will be going next Tuesday by public transport, but thought that this would be a good opportunity for you to use the Internet to find out about the event and to plan our excursion .

Check the link Sculpture by the Sea and answer these questions:

  1. What is Sculpture by the Sea? Tell us a bit of its history as well as an explanation of what it is.

  2. When does it take place?

  3. Where does it take place?

  4. What type of art is exhibited?

  5. Why does it attract so many people?

Write the answers in your blog, but as a paragraph, without using numbers. It should read like a newspaper clip abut the event. You can borrow my slide show or some of the photos in it for your post. Next week you will be able to take your own!

Now a bit of guess work: Can you find out the name of this sculpture and the artist who created it? (hint: images in google search or official website for the event)

In your blog, write about this sculpture:
* Factual information (name, artist, date)
* Description: what it looks like, colour, material, size, location, figurative or abstract
* Your opinion: what you think it wants to convey, if you think it works, if you like it, what it makes you feel, is it serious or has it got a hint of humour?

Planning our day
How can we get there?

We would like to start our excursion at 9 am next Tuesday. Can you plan our day? What time should we catch a train? Which train do we have to catch to get there? Can we go by train only or do we need to catch a bus too? How should we come back? Where from? What time?

This website, trip planner, may be useful.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Paralympics Beijing 2008

Marion interviewed three paralympians while she was in Beijing for the Paralympic Games.

  • Listen to her interview with Wade McMahon, a paralympian javelin thrower: Marion: Our foreign correspondent at Beijing
  • Write an article about Wade McMahon in your blog. You have to use information from Marion's interview. You can also add information from your own online research, but remember to use your own words!
  • Now write a post about your holidays. Later you can add some photos or a bubbleshare album. See the previous post for ideas on photo publishing.

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