Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Cards. The students vote.

Go to the corridor next to the cafeteria with your mobile phone and VOTE!!!

If you already know your favorite Christmas Card, you can vote using this form:

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Cards. The bilingual staff vote.

Congratulations! Click on them to get a bigger size.

1st prize: Congratulations Teresa!!!!!
Illustration by Teresa S. 3rd A ESO
The text which has been illustrated is:
"Christmas day has come and the best present is the family. Happy Christmas",  by Karima S., 3rd B ESO.
This Christmas card will be used for everyone in our highschool.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

IT activities for Christmas


  • Doble click on the wall and write your New Year's Resolutions.
  • Make a flake. Use a digital pair of scissors and create your own snowflake. It's exactly what are going to do to decorate the assembly hall!.
  • Snowman. Create your own Christmas landscape.

  • Christmas tree Light Up!. Light up the Christmas tree by connecting all the wires and light bulbs to the electrical source.
  • Pixlr. You can use this easy drawing software online to create your own Christmas landscape (or whatever you want).
  • Sumopaint. You can use this drawing software online to create your own Christmas Scene.
  • Printable Party Decor. To print your cards and labels.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Discovering KIRIGAMI. Geometry in CHRISTMAS

Axial symmetry
We are going to construct a pop-up Christmas Tree using another Japanese technique named Kirigami. It will be a good example of POSITIVE SPACE and NEGATIVE SPACE.

Here you will find the template to be downloaded:

Instructions. By Robert Sabuda.

We are going to use color paper and we will use them as hanging trees.

Rotational symmetry
6-pointed Paper Snowflakes instructions. This task will be a good example of polygons and rotational symmetry.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas Card Contest


1º ESO:
All we want for Christmas is your great smile…..but if you have cookies….Merry Christmas. María G. T.
2º ESO:
Christmasis like eating an ice cream, you enjoy it, but it’s too short. Begoña M. G.
3º ESO:
Christmas day has come and the best present is the family. Happy Christmas.    Karima S.
4º ESO:
Christmas is not only opening presents but also opening your heart. Carla R. F.

Christmas Card Contest
  • Choose one of these winner sentences to illustrate your Christmas Card.
  • Make minimum 4 sketches. They can be portrait or landscape format.
  • A5 format (a folded A4) and free technique.

Deadline: Thursday 11th December.
(a mark will be given not only for the final task but for the sketches too).

Friday, 5 December 2014

Candidatures - Make a Gami

  • Do  you want more than a VOKI for your candidature?
  • Using your mobile phone (iOS or Android) you can create a GAMI. Download TELLAGAMI App and enjoy! Do you dear? I will prefer your own voice!

  • And... what about creating a song? Download SONGIFY in your mobile phone or tablet and record your electoral programe with your own voice and see what happens.
  • And a "TV advertisment about YOU!? Use PowToon, and you can use Get hired! template. Watch my video (I've used a different template).

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Manipulating images with IT

Stretch your face is a funny on-line software to get a new transformed image, a caricature... You can interpretate your face or whatever famous picture just uploading a jpg or png file.

Examples of last year students

Just upload your picture and move the mouse, it will move. You can find this software: Water Effect Animation.

Water Effect by

FACE TRANSFORMER - The perception laboratory's face transformer.
... into Botticelli, Modigliani, Baby, Manga... ENJOY! : Face transformer image upload.
I'll be the first one:
First row: Modigliani, Botticelli, Mucha    Second row: baby, manga, apewoman

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

For Thanksgiving Day - Origami crafts, volume out of paper

This will be our second task for Thanksgiving Day. You only need two sheets of white paper to begin practising ORIGAMI

The design requires two sheets of paper. The first is used to make the body. The second sheet is used to make the fanned tail. Is it possible to make the tail in two colors although the paper gets thick and it often slides out of place. Using tissue paper to make the fanned tail allows multiple sheets to be stacked and folded without it getting overly thick.

Kids Turkey

Part 1
Part 2:
Part 3:

These pictures are other types of turkey:


Origami  (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper"; kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper into a shape representing an object.
There is much speculation about the origin of Origami. While Japan seems to have had the most extensive tradition, there is evidence of an independent tradition of paperfolding in China (traditional funerals include burning folded paper), as well as in Germany, Italy and Spain among other places.

Akira Yoshizawa - Origami master showing us... a  turkey!
Origami tools:
You don’t need any origami tools to fold paper. All you need is your hands, a piece of paper, and a flat surface to fold on. Easy. You can do it at home, you can do it at school (oops, did I really say that?). You can do it on the train, you can do it on the bus. You can do it in a coffee shop, you can do it in a restaurant or...

(see dollar-bill origami and napkin and towel folding).

How to make origami:
There are many folding techniques that you need to learn to form a shape out of a piece of paper. Folding techniques. Two most important techniques are valley-fold and mountain-fold. At least, you must know what they are and you will have no problem of folding a simple origami model by using only these two folding techniques.

Wet folding origami:
Wet folding origami is a relatively new way of folding paper. It was developed by origami master Akira Yoshizawa and it involves moistening the paper before you fold it. The resulting model has a softer, textured look with gentle curving lines.
Gilad’s web site shows the difference between a regular origami dog and a wet fold origami dog. Wow! [Puppy created by Francisco Javier Caboblanco; photo by Gilad Aharoni]

Interesting links for origami:
  • Origami and pop-up books.
  • Origami Maniacs.
  • On October, two years ago, I visited 'ESTAMPA ARTE MÚLTIPLE' FAIR which was held in Matadero Madrid. I discovered a new exhibitor: MAATT (I think they have disappeared now). Maatt was brand-new company focused on home decoration objects. They exploited the possibilities of any material they found on the way. Their first collection (I don't know if it was the last one) was based on paper and it was called Animaatts, and the best was that it was a do it yourself!, of course, with instructions. I saw this collection 'in situ' and it looked great!. It is a good example of 'minus is more'.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Sand Art - Beginning IMAGE

Let's see if you love this video. You can practice next summer on the beach, but, if you cannot wait for that, use a table and flour, although I'm afraid it will not be the same.
If you want more information about this Israeli artist, Ilana Yahav, take a look to her work, you can visit her website here.

Did you enjoy? Let´s see another one:

Now, it´s your turn.

Be a sand artist
I know that it is not the same, but there is an online software to create your own sand picture. Its name is  thisissand. Use the mouse to start and the sand begins to fall. To change the colour use the letter "C" in your keyboard, to erase what you have done use the letter "E", and with the arrows you will use the different colours you have selected before. Try, its funny!

More about SAND ART: