do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ART news


It always comes and goes in cycles.  The crucial part is being able to pay attention, listen and show up when it's on it's way.  Here's what's been moving in lately...

THE COWS.  the two on the left are untitled (for now).  On the left, 24X30 and in the middle, 30X40.  I finally finished the one on the far right, Bold and Beautiful (in Brown), 24X36

As many of you know, we lost both our 16+ year old dog and our 21 year old cat in the last year.  One year ago, we found a dwarf rabbit and named him Tucker.  These are inspired by one of my favorite books, Watership Down, as well as the only animal inhabitant of our household (at this time).  On the left, what fiver says matters (to someone), 12X12, in the middle, fun trouble, 24X18 and on the right, storyteller (Dandelion has a story to tell and Pipkin is all ears), 12X12

my favorite from my recent creative commitment: fox crossing

These gals were delivered to the Grand Hand last week.
From left to right, eye to eye, 24X20, gentle giant, 20X20 and brown eyed gal, 36X24

The last of the original birds are making their way to a new retail location next week!



so are these!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

art + music workshop


The first artist who was introduced yesterday was the Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky.  Kandinsky was known to be the first painter to create abstract works.  He was extremely passionate about music.  Kandinsky wanted to create paintings that were a visual representation and had a similar ability to communicate emotions (as music did).

We listened to Benjamin Britten's, A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Henry Purcell's orchestra theme.  The children used watercolors to paint while listening to variations by different sections of the orchestra: woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion.  

At the end of this lesson, the children painted a large watercolor while listening to Purcell's theme in it's entirety.



We took a watermelon snack break and listened to the song, Light Rail, by Jeremy Messersmith.  Caitlyn taught us the lyrics while playing her ukelele.


The second artist that was introduced was Picasso.  We specifically discussed his guitar period and viewed a collection of these works.  Picasso was the first to create a sculpture out of cardboard and call it art.  The children used card stock and pastels to create their own interpretations.  While they were working on their pieces, we listened to a variety of music.  The Pete Seeger songs were the favorites.  We were able to sing a few of these along with Caitlyn.













Thank you for enrolling your children in this workshop.  I thought it was a beautiful and fantastic way to spend a Saturday morning (and it was so much fun to be reunited)!

There are three more SUNDAY AFTERNOON classes this month and there is one more WEEKDAY WORKSHOP approaching this week.



In addition to Sunday afternoon classes,
there will also be Saturday morning classes available in the fall!

I have created a page on facebook titled The Create Everyday Classroom.  
Please like and share if you feel so inclined. 

Enjoy the weekend!  Happy Art Making!


Friday, August 15, 2014

weekday workshop: wayne thiebaud and the MIA

Before our Weekday Workshop yesterday, I stopped by the Copper Hen to choose our "live" subjects for our Wayne Thiebaud painting study.  

When I first presented the artist and our topic of study, the children were eager to begin.  When I presented the box that held the tiny cakes, the children were awestruck.

We focussed on exaggerated (bold) colors and awareness of shadow when painting our subjects.







Our walk to the MIA always involves a stop at the MCAD sculpture garden.  
The children love sitting with their sketchbooks and drawing.


We had our snack picnic on the MCAD campus.





The children were eager to arrive at the museum and use their sketchbooks some more.









Stay tuned for upcoming art class updates.  
In addition to Sunday afternoon classes,
there will also be Saturday morning classes available in the fall!

I have created a page on facebook titled The Create Everyday Classroom.  I am not sure if this is a good route but I am trying it out in the meantime.  Please like and share if you feel so inclined.  As always, your referrals mean so much to me and this new endeavor.  

Enjoy the weekend!  Happy Art Making!

The Copper Hen is a beautiful new business in the neighborhood and right around the corner from the Create Everyday Classroom.


Monday, August 11, 2014

hand lettering as art (and more)

Yesterday, we studied the artist, Corita Kent.  With a focus on color, lettering and an inspirational message, the children started class by creating a background for their own posters.




Our warm up consisted of hand lettering the alphabet.




The children used their lettering practice to create stencils for their colorful posters.  
They chose to create a poster with their name or an inspirational message.



"Do Your Best"


If your child is interested in attending the WEEKDAY WORKSHOP 
scheduled for this coming Thursday, August 14, will you let me know?



I am also wondering if I have any students interested in art class 
this coming Sunday, August 17 from 3:30 - 5:30.

Happy Art Making!

And just for the fun of it, I have put together a broader collection of all art class photos here.




Friday, August 8, 2014

how I teach (art)



The classes I offer are two hours in length and easily adaptable for children ages 4 - 12 years.  In the summer, classes are Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:30.  Over the course of the academic school year, two additional classes are offered on Saturday mornings from 10am - noon.  Class sizes are kept small (4-6 students).  I also offer WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS and specialized weekend workshops.  These are usually three hours in length.  WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS involve a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Each class typically experiences three distinct parts: an art warm up, time to read one or two books, enjoy a light snack and the art lesson of the day.  Every individual has the ability to choose from several ideas, finding one that inspires them. The material presented is usually incorporated into the student's work.

I come to class prepared with several lessons in mind and, it is quite possible, that instead, a student will design his or her own course.  In this case, I prepare the tools while offering guidance so that each student is able to find his or her voice and experience success while expressing it.  Creativity is a force that stems from within.  Someone cannot place one creative agenda upon another.

Over the course of our two hours together, there is much more focus placed on the process of creating art rather than on the product itself.  In this case, tangible work that is brought home from class may not necessarily be a reflection of our class time together.  I define a successful class when each individual finds inspiration, is eager to learn and has the ability to become engaged with his or her work.  It isn't unusual to hear students humming or singing to themselves while creating in The Create Everyday Classroom.

For those who are interested in more of the specifics regarding our time together, I do type up and send a class synopsis the following day that also includes photographs.

Private art instruction is taught in a similar manner and catered to each individual.

Art classes for adults are offered as well.  These usually take two distinct forms: classes offering students the ability to explore several mediums and classes focussing on a particular medium or art making method.

Birthday parties and painting parties are the most structured classes I offer.  Although there is much freedom offered in designing the content of these gatherings, the host and I work together on developing this before the party is scheduled.




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

creative commitments




I knew that I wanted to transform another magazine into a sketchbook and I knew my primary material was going to be paint.  Corita Kent has been a big inspiration to me for many years. I don't know if she'll be an influence over the course of this commitment or if she's done enough by just getting me started.  Regardless, I am grateful and I have committed to 30 days.

Here is DAY 1.  I saw the number 8 and I meditated on the "crown" chakra.

Interestingly enough, the 8 in numerology means balance.  The crown chakra (or "sahasrara") symbolizes detachment from illusion and is said to bring about rebirth.

DAY 2, heirloom tomatoes


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