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Archimedes – the Man who invented the Death Ray

Archimedes lived over 2,000 years ago in Syracuse on the island of Sicily.

He was a mathematician, astronomer, physicist, engineer and inventor.

Many of his great inventions came about while defending Syracuse when it came under attack from the Romans.

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The leader of the Roman army was Marcus Claudius Marcellus. Eventually Marcellus won the war. Archimedes died in the Siege of Syracuse, even though Marcellus had given strict orders that Archimedes should be captured alive. Marcellus admired the genius and knew that he had more invention to offer the world. Who knows how history may have changed if Archimedes had lived to live the rest of his life in peaceful study and contemplation?

In this book, Marcus Claudius Marcellus looks back on his life and explains to his young son exactly why Archimedes was possibly the cleverest person that ever lived.

Here are a few videos that show you how to draw Archimedes and how to get to grips with drawing circles and spheres, the subjects that fascinated Archimedes so much, a fascination that led him to his greatest invention Pi – the number that lets us work out the circumference of circles and the area of the surface of a sphere.

 

Meet Sue Hendra – Author of Supertato

Meet the wonderful Sue Hendra, who writes and illustrates the amazing Supertato books with her partner, Paul Linnet. I had the chance to ask her a few questions when were both working in Netley Marsh School on Empathy Day – 12th June.

We both had a great day telling stories to the children and talking about empathy and how to understand other points of view by reading books and inhabiting the characters

Get the hilarious book, Supertato here in the UK 

Here in the USA

And here in Canada

 

How to Draw Dr Martin Luther King Jr Real Easy

Goodness I had trouble with this one! doing a portrait is hared enough, but talking and explaining how to do it at the same time is harder. Making is easy to copy and produce harder still.

I was having real trouble working out proportions when I noticed something strange about his moustache. I then look through loads of photographs and came to the conclusion that Dr King’s face must have been noticeably asymmetrical. It was had to see as all his portraits are taken from his left side, masking the difference.

I couldn’t find one face-on portrait – I imagine that his public image was carefully managed – a publicity photo is different from a mugshot. But in making a drawing easy, a mugshot is best. Quarter turn is much harder and sometime a profile even harder still.

I’m not sure this is a great likeness, but the elements are correct and I hope they help to both draw Dr Kings for school projects and tech a little about drawing faces in general.

I counted up – I drew him 43 times in practice – none of my drawings look like him, but have an essence of him – all 43 are people you feel you could meet in the street though.

We get so used to one or two photographs of a person, that become icons. If you met the person, you might think they look quite different to the public image. I’ve certainly found that in my time.