miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2018

Halloween at Chans Bembrive 2018

Halloween came to Chans Bembrive accompanied by the first cold days of the season, perfect weather for ghosts and ghouls, as well as warming up around the fire and telling scary stories.

The children at Chans worked busily to prepare for the spookiest night of the year with a number of projects designed to scare away the bad spirits and keep the good ones amongst us.

Fourth grade had the task of turning paper plates into Halloween characters, which ranged from Frankenstein to bats to vampires. All in all, a frightening assortment of faces and figures.

In fifth grade, students were very busy as they not only designed and built haunted houses out of cardboard, but also turned them into dioramas with spooky scenes. Others made Halloween drawings to further add to the atmosphere for the holiday.

Finally, the sixth grade made spectacular cutout foregrounds, one of which starred a killer clown and other sinister characters. Afterwards, they organized a photo shoot using the boards so as to have a keepsake of their spectacular work. While some of the class worked on the boards, the rest made Halloween masks to scare away the bad spirits.

All of this wonderful art is on display our school entrance, greeting all of our students, teachers and visitors in a most spectacular fashion. Now, we are making preparations for the next big art project, Christmas. Amazing artwork is soon to come!

martes, 5 de junio de 2018

Once upon a time

The latest art project in sixth grade involved inspiration from Canadian author and illustrator Barbara Reid. Barbara Reid uses Plasticine, a brand of clay, to illustrate her books. So, to celebrate World Book Day on April 23rd, our students brought their favourite children's book from home and recreated the book cover using Plasticine.

Working with Plasticine involves many techniques, such as kneading, rolling, sticking and mixing different colours of Plasticine. The students first started with one colour to make the background of the book cover and added layers of Plasticine until they completed the foreground.

All of the book covers are on display at the entrance to our school. They look fantastic!

martes, 24 de abril de 2018


Last week, our fourth grade class learned many different English adjectives and used them to describe their classmates. Working in groups of four, they chose one person from their class and brainstormed ways to describe that person. The students started with Spanish adjectives and used the dictionary and their teachers to translate. After, they created personalized posters. Finally, the students presented their creations to the class. We think that their descriptions were pretty accurate!

As you can see, we have many athletic, creative and intelligent students!

domingo, 8 de abril de 2018


The 4th grade students at Chans-Bembrive created colourful and vibrant works of art using positive affirmations, such as "believe in yourself" and "we should never judge". The students chose their favorite quote, determined its meaning, and then accompanied their positive affirmation with creative illustrations, colors, and designs. After they finished, they used card stock to make their designs stand out.

We try to live by these positive affirmations every day in class!

Check out the  final product  of their artwork clicking on the image

Check out the video of their artwork below.

jueves, 8 de marzo de 2018

Peace Day 2018

The 6th grade students at CEIP de Chans-Bembrive celebrated Peace Day by illustrating the lyrics from John Lennon´s famous song "Imagine". The students also researched the life of John Lennon and brought biographies to class. Later, they created posters about his early life and childhood, adult life, music career, and death using this information.

Have a look at the video below showing all of their hard work!

sábado, 3 de febrero de 2018

The Kindness Project

As part of the Kindness Project, CEIP de Chans-Bembrive's fourth grade class designed inspirational and motivational bracelets using positive affirmations. After choosing and writing an affirmational phrase on their bracelets, like "I am strong" or "I can do this", the students decorated them with colourful patterns and hearts, smiley faces, stars, dolphins and umbrellas. The fourth grade students then gave them to the third grade class and exchanged bracelets among themselves, reading positive affirmations to their partner. The bracelets were a lot of fun to make, and even more fun to give out!

jueves, 30 de noviembre de 2017

Halloween Riddles!

This Halloween, the fifth grade made illustrations to accompany spooky riddles! First, we worked as a class to understand the meaning of each riddle. Then, the students worked in pairs to make the riddles come alive. Check out the riddles below! Which one is your favourite?

First row

Left: What's the problem with twin witches? You can't tell which witch is which! Center: What monster plays tricks on Halloween? Prank-enstein! Right: What do sea monsters eat for lunch? Fish and ships!

Second row

Left: What are a ghost's favourite pants? Boo jeans! Center: What room is useless for a ghost? A living room! Right: What road has the most ghosts haunting it? A dead end!

Third row

Left: How do you make a skeleton laugh? Tickle her funny bone! Center: Where does Dracula keep his money? In a blood bank! Right: What do you call a skeleton who won't work? Lazy bones!

Fourth row

Left: What do you call witches who live together? Broom-mates! Second from the left: Why do witches fly on brooms? Because vacuum cleaners are too heavy! Third from the left: What do witches ask for at hotels? Broom service! Right: What do you get when you cross a teacher and a vampire? A blood test!

viernes, 17 de noviembre de 2017

Halloween at Chans

For the month of October, the fourth and fifth grade students at Chans-Bembrive celebrated Halloween by creating haunted houses (fourth grade) and jack-o-lanterns (fifth grade). To accompany the haunted houses, the fourth grade students transformed themselves into witches, werewolves, skeletons, zombies and monsters by using pictures of themselves and their classmates. Then, with face paint, they became these scary creatures. Finally, the fourth grade students learned the Halloween song that inspired their artwork, "Halloween's Here!" To make jack-o-lanterns, the fifth grade students painted pumpkins or drew scary faces. They also learned Halloween riddles to inspire creative drawings based on the jokes.

Some of the students brought artwork from home, including colourful jack-o-lanterns, spooky drawings and sculptures. The artwork looked great on display!

jueves, 9 de marzo de 2017

Portraits & Emotions

This trimester in Art we worked with Portraits and Emotions with the 4th Grade students. All of the students know the typical emotions such as, happy, sad, angry, and hungry, but we wanted them to expand their vocabulary so we learned emotions like ¨suprised, excited, bored, and guilty¨ words they didn´t know before this project.

 Students even had an opportunity to work with the ipads. We utilized an application on the ipads that showed them how they could manipulate the parts of the face to change the emotion they express. For example, the corners of the eyes pointing up usually expresses a happier emotion, and the mouth pointing down gives a sad expression. Playing this game on the ipads gave them ideas of how they needed to draw the features of the face in order to express a certain emotion.

Finally, students had to choose an emotion that they wanted to represent in their own portrait. We took pictures of all the students immitating this emotion with their expression, and printed out their pictures for them to use as a guide for drawing their portrait. The results were fantastic! Great work 4th Grade!

jueves, 2 de febrero de 2017

Peace Day - Imagine

For Peace Day with the 6th grade students we worked on the song ¨Imagine¨ by John Lennon as well as his biography. After we listened and talked about the song the students had to think of how they imagine the world that John Lennon sings about in his song. Since our school project this year involves eyes we decided to use this idea and have the students design an eye with how they ¨see¨ the peaceful world that John Lennon dreams about in his song. The project was a great success, and here is a video with the students eye drawings.

miércoles, 25 de enero de 2017

Christmas Stories

For our Christmas project with 6th grade this year we worked with plasticine, and did a project based on the work of Canadian Illustrator Barbara Reid. She is an artist who illustrates children´s books with plasticine  instead of drawings or paintings.

The 6th grade students worked in small groups of four or five to create a story based on various traditional Christmas characters from around the world. For example, we have a story about Father Christmas, Rudolph, O Apalpador, Frosty and even a Christmas Witch from Italy! The students wrote the story and did the illustration with plasticine. They worked very hard and the results are fantastic! Great work 6th grade!

jueves, 9 de junio de 2016


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6RVQUlqQKxBNlY4ZzhhZm43VlE/view?usp=sharingFor our final project with the sixth grade students we worked on positive emotions. The project was based on video from the website www.filmenglish.com entitled "Be Happy. We watched a film based on the book "Be happy: A little book to help you live a happy life." It is a film with simple English sentences and drawings. The drawings helped us to understand the deeper meaning of the sentences. After we watched the film we discussed things that make us happy. The students then designed and made charcoal drawings of the things that make them happy, similar to the drawings in the video. For example, "follow your heart",  "face your fears", and "no dream is too big". Below is a video of their charcoal drawings and sentences. Enjoy and Be Happy

miércoles, 20 de abril de 2016

Pablo Picasso - Cubism

This trimester we studied Pablo Picasso with the 4th grade students. The students learned about the life of the artist, his rose and blue periods, and some of his most important works including, The Young Ladies of Avignon and Guernica. The students learned that cubism consists of geometrical shapes, bright colors, and portraits that are not realistic. The students made their own cubism portraits by working in groups and combining the pictures of all four students to create a combined cubist portrait. We also made our own version of Picasso´s famous Guernica. Great work 4th Grade!

martes, 19 de abril de 2016


The Word Collector is a fabulous book about a young girl named Luna who shares her love of words with the world. Luna collects beautiful, kind, loving words and spreads them throughout the world, sharing peace, love, and brotherhood instead of hate, violence and fear. The 5th grade students studied this book as part of a cross-curricular bilinigual project in their Educational Values class in Gallego and in English in Art class to celebrate Peace Day. After studying the English translation in Art the students created their own version of the book. The drawings in the video below were all created by the 5th grade students. They worked very hard and the book turned out fantastic! Great job 5th grade!

martes, 8 de marzo de 2016


In Art this term, we did a project based on the work of Canadian Illustrator Barbara Reid. Barbara
Reid is an artist who illustrates children’s books with plasticine instead of traditional paint or     colored pencils.

The 6th grade students worked in pairs to create plasticine portraits of their partner. On this table you see the work of both classrooms, 6A and 6B.  It is not easy! The children worked very hard and needed a lot of patience to complete the hair and details of each person´s face. Great Work 6A and 6B!

About the Artist

Barbara Reid is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen picture books, and the illustrator of   
over twenty five. Her books have been published in Canada, The USA, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Finland, Norway, China, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Korea and Thailand and translated into at least eight languages.

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