Taking care of our new beehives before the summer.

09 Apr
Taking care of our new beehives before the summer.

This week we have started taking care  of two new beehives which will be added on the roof and in the patio of our school. Someone, we don’t remember who, had the idea of decorating them. We thought it was a fantastic idea and our art teacher accepted to help us.

Eco-friendly , non toxic water-based but colourful  paints were bought to decorate the hives.

Some of us set down to work. As we were painting the hives, one of us started  to surf the net in the art room to see if there were other painted beehives somewhere else in the world. We found a treasure:  Slovenian beehives 🙂

We didn’t know anything about that unique form of folk art and we were amazed by the colours and the talent of the unknown artists. We also had a look at the map of Europe to locate Slovenia. We realised Slovenia was a neighbouring country of Italy and not far from our partners in Feltre in the Venezian province. We made a mistake there: Feltre is in the Belluno Province  ( Thank you, Marco, for your comment)

Have you ever seen those beehives in Slovenia, Italian team?

The French extended team : Elsa, Aurore, Ariane, Anaïs, Camille  … ( year 8)

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P.S: We will keep you posted when we have completed our task 🙂


25 responses to “Taking care of our new beehives before the summer.

  1. mrsc14

    April 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    What a super idea, to keep bees. Do you have special bee keepers to look after them and collect the honey?
    The artwork is lovely too, beautiful bright colours and interesting designs.
    Our school is having solar panels put on the roof this week (while we are on holiday) I’d much rather have bee hives. 🙂

  2. Marie-France

    April 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  3. MrsU

    April 10, 2013 at 5:40 am

    What a nice idea! Keep us informed if the honey produced by happy bees, living in a colourful home, is better than the one you usually get. 😉
    I will show this post to our Head Teacher… maybe he’ll get some ideas … 😉

  4. Ariane 5ème D-France.

    April 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    It’s real fun to paint our new beehives ! I think is a really good project ! 🙂

  5. Héloïse 6eD France

    April 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Wow! This is amazing. Congrats to everyone.

  6. Amandine 5a France

    April 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    It’s a brilliant idea to paint the new hive with special, non toxic paint. Bees don’t need more pollution . Congratulations !! I liked the Slovenian hives. They are so colourful!

  7. Morgane 5A France

    April 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    It’s a good idea to paint beehives and it’s so much fun !

  8. Giovanna

    April 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Sorry, I didn’t see any Slovenian bee hives when I was there … but they are quite an interesting, unusual sight, so I will certainly ask the tourist information office next time I go 😉 ! You could certainly let your visitors know about the art work you realised respecting nature!

  9. Marie-France

    April 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    @ Giovanna: do you often go to Slovenia?

  10. Giovanna

    April 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    @ Marie-France: Well, not that often, but people from our area spend some of their summer holidays there, also further down in Croatia: a good portion of the area along the coast was once Italian. Some of those seaside resorts are really spectacular and not very expensive. Talking about summer holidays at the beginning of the school year pupils realized that some of them go to the same places in Croatia!

  11. Marco from Italy

    April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I have never seen any Slovenian beehives. To tell you the truth, Slovenia is about 350 km from Feltre, so it is quite far. But I would like to correct a mistake: Feltre is in the province territory of Belluno, not Venice J. By the way, I love honey, it’s delicious. Don’t you have some for me to taste? (just kidding ;))

  12. Marie-France

    April 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    We will correct our mistake, Marco. The correct version will be on the post in no time 😉 Sorry about the honey. We didn’t have a lot this year as the weather was rotten. All our crop was sold very quickly, too quickly 😉

  13. Marie-France

    April 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    @ Mrs U,

    Next year, our crop will be much better than this year. The weather was too bad last spring and last summer. Living in painted hives will help our bees to keep their spirits up. We are doing all we can to have them feel good in our school environment: no pesticides, no genetically modified crops around. We are thinking of planting bee-friendly plants ( clover, buttercups, chemical free flowers …)


  14. Anaïs 5D France

    April 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    It’s a fantastic idea to paint beehives because I had a choice of colours, could choose the shape of the bees !! It’s a lot of fuuuun ! 😉

  15. Enora-5D-France

    April 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    To me, it’s a very good project! It’s a lot of fun to paint beehives with friends! 🙂

  16. Claire5AFrance

    April 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

    This is a good project to paint the hives. I will hate the time when our work is over. We are having so much fun with our friends and the pots of colours 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    The Slovenian hives are beautiful, I hope that our hives will be as beautiful 🙂

  17. Anaëlle 5eA France

    April 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    This is a very good idea to paint hives, they are getting so colourful !! We will show them to you when they are ready 😉

  18. Hugo 5eA france

    April 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Exellent work on the beehives 😉 and, the colours are smashing! You’ve got all my support 🙂

  19. alison

    April 14, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I really think painting hives is a fantastic activity 😉 We do it just after lunch or when our last lessons are over at the end of the day 🙂

  20. Elsa 5eA France

    April 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Yes, I love this project and we love to paint together !! We are having a great time together 🙂

  21. Emilie

    April 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

    It’s great to paint the beehives but It’s very difficult.

  22. Angèle 5D

    April 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

    It takes a long time but it’s very funny to paint beehives. We have a great time together. But I hope the paint stays on the hives because we have got a lot of rain in Brittany France… 🙂

  23. Julie-France 6D

    April 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    These hives are very pretty and our honey is super good! 🙂 Not enough jars this year because of the cold, damp weather 😦 What a pity!

  24. Théo 5A

    April 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    it is a good idea to paint the beehives! They attract bees with their beautiful colors! Congratulations to the students!

  25. manuella 5ème

    April 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    It’s fantastic to paint the new hives !!!!


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