Artist Spotlight: Fiona Naughton

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Inner Farne

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Seahouses at Night

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Artist Biography

Fiona Naughton gained a first class degree in textile design at Nottingham Trent University, before returning to her Durham Home. She works in both acrylic and watercolour gaining inspiration from local people and places. Currently the primary focus of her work is the Durham and Northumberland coast.

See more at Bridekirk Art.

Today’s Assignment: Work on your art. Consider the weather as you work.

Compare and Contrast to a Summer’s Day

Compare: means to find similarities between two things.

Contrast: means to find differences between two things.

A summer’s day can be beautiful and pleasant:

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But, a summer’s day can also be stormy!

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

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2. How many lines can you memorize?

3. Consider the characters in your current work of fiction. How are the two main characters alike? How do they differ? Having characters that are too similar may confuse or bore the reader.

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For further review on compare and contrast, go to this link:

Poetry Friday:

Watch “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, read by Susan Sarandon.

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“The poem consists of four (almost) identically constructed stanzas. Each line is iambic, with four stressed syllables:

Within the four lines of each stanza, the first, second, and fourth lines rhyme.”

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1. Read this poem aloud.

2. Write your own poem about the weather.

3. Smile.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. Co-Curricular: Art and Creative Writing

We often hear it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So let’s put it to the test. This assignment can work in a variety of ways:

Possibilities include:

1. Each student in the class can draw a picture which will then be randomly and anonymously selected by another student who will write a thousand words (or some predetermined number of pages) about it.

2. Alternatively, a student can bring a photograph, or select one from another source and write a story or essay about it.

3. The story can be speculative (fiction), in other words totally made up, or it can be creative nonfiction. It could be a blend of fiction and nonfiction.

4. Under no circumstances — for this assignment — should the story be written first and the picture selected second. NO!

Cold air is enveloping much of the country today. Sketches of wintry scenarios might be just the thing.

Simon Beck creates these wonderful snowy designs with snowshoes in France:

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Check out this wind map:

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Today might be a good day to analyze snowflakes, too.

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Now, go write!