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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I HAVE A DREAM art workshop

Designing our DREAM t shirts took a series of several, thoughtful steps.  The children started by painting their own letters, letting them dry and cutting them out, creating their own stencils.  They arranged their cut out letters on their t shirts and used fabric spray paint.  Once this layer of paint had dried, the children added detail by applying fabric paint with paint brushes.

stencil making, spray painting and detail design of DREAM t shirts
Make sure to wash these t shirts separately before combining them with the rest of your laundry!

The children chose between two different portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr. (one was from the front of the book, Martin's Big Words), they traced his portrait and created a mixed media piece using magazine clippings to create his clothing and the words, "I have a dream" or "DREAM".

mixed media Martin Luther KIng, Jr. I HAVE A DREAM portraits

I hope that your children are enjoying the songs on the CD!  I have three extra CDs with our song list from yesterday (in case your child didn't get theirs).

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. than by spending this time with your enthusiastic and engaged children.  Thank you for enrolling them in this workshop.  I am already excited for next year!

The classroom was so funny to see after all the art making was finished and the children had left!
We made such good use of the space!


Regarding the MIA workshop on Friday, February 13: If your child's lunch needs to be kept cold, please include a freezer block (or the like).  Also, let me know if your child needs/desires a new sketchbook.

I also think I have TWO MORE SEATS in this upcoming class at the end of January!  Let me know if you are interested in enrolling your child.

And this series of classes begins every Sunday afternoon in February!

Monday, January 12, 2015

saturday weekEND workshop at the MIA

an extra hour of class allows room for a bit more adventure
We experienced another amazing class this past Saturday.  This was our first four hour class and time still passed quickly for all.  

We spent the first hour of class working with white charcoal on black paper, drawing our art supplies and tools.  This warm up was so popular over the winter break classes, I thought we would try it again.  Some of the children also created mixed media portraits using one or two features that were cut out from images in magazines.

On this particular day, we spent a lot of time in the Target and US Bank Galleries.
in awe of "the rocks" projected inside the dome (see next image)

watching bald eagles feed their chicks

We explored other areas too, sitting in front of a Piet Mondrian piece 
as well as a Willem de Kooning and discussing our observations.

Being a Saturday, the museum was much busier than other days when we typically visit.  I love how the other attendees just naturally adapted to giving the children their floor space.

the children suggested we take a photo here

thought this was fun to see in Sunday's paper
We'll see some of you in one week for the Martin Luther King, Jr. 
workshop on Monday, Jan 19.

Here is more information regarding upcoming classes:

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


Let's remember:

Let's ask each other:

And then let's remind each other (often) that:

Let's make a commitment to:

Get Ready and...

It's a NEW YEAR and a new time.

Happy 2015 EVERYONE!

I can't take credit for ANY of these images.  I pulled them off of my pinterest board titled favorite words.  
Thank you to those of you who posted these visuals I find so inspirational.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

winter break WEEKDAY WORKSHOP 2

We just completed DAYS 3 and 4 of the winter break WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS!

Our warm ups included drawing our art supplies and tools 
with white charcoal and adding color with soft pastels.  

We also created patterns by stamping with onions and tree stumps.

The children's book illustrator, Katie Viggers, is SO POPULAR in the Create Everyday Classroom.  Some of the children were inspired by her drawings and created works of their own.

Another art warm up consisted of creating pie shapes and using our own, handmade patterns to create a collage.  This was especially challenging but many were able to complete most of their pie!

And, here we are, visiting the MIA - always such a fascinating process to observe.
Your children demonstrate such interest and awe.  


4 HOURS may seem like a long time but I'd like to try it, if you are game.  

The children always want more time at the museum and then, when we return to the classroom, they want to create something more.  We have felt short on time for both of these opportunities.
I am proposing a four hour class on January 10.  Since this is right around the corner, let me know if you are interested.  The number of students who enroll will affect if I have an assistant or not.

Thank you!

See this link for 2 more classes offered in January (at this time). 

I value your recommendations of dates for classes.  Many classes have already been created because you have done this.  Thank you!

I also welcome any feedback regarding class schedules as we approach more of winter (the harder part of it, in my meek opinion) Are 3 hour classes better? Does anyone want 2 hour Sunday afternoon classes?  etc.

There is another art + music workshop on the horizon for February.

With your children's interest in ceramics, I am searching out a ceramics studio where we can visit and create in February as well.  Stay tuned!

read about and view photos from DAYS 1 + 2 of our winter break WEEKDAY WORKSHOP here

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Friday, December 26, 2014


On DAY 1 of our WEEKDAY WORKSHOP, our artist of study was Franz Kline.  We practiced creating "messy", bold and black brush strokes on our canvas.

Our warm ups consisted of an introduction to Gyotakuthe ancient practice of fish printing.  We also created hand cut and hand painted garland.

Once our black lines on canvas dried, we embellished with color.  

We took creative breaks, working with clay and reading books.  


On DAY 2 of our WEEKDAY WORKSHOP, our artist of study was Cy Twombly.  We created paint "scribbles" and set aside our work to dry.  I told the students we might see a Cy Twombly piece at the MIA and if they saw one, to let us know.  

Our art warm up consisted of reaching into a mystery bag filled with small objects and attempting to draw these objects by only using our sense of touch.

We spent the majority of our time together at the MIA on DAY 2.  The children decided where they wanted to stop and draw in their sketchbooks along the way.  We also found a Cy Twombly piece!

When we returned from the MIA, the children started working on paintings or drawings that were a source of inspiration from their visit.  Perhaps these are projects they will want to continue at home over winter break.

DAYS 3 + 4 of our WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS are this coming Monday and Tuesday, December 29 + 30.  Please have your children bring their new sketchbooks back to class on Tuesday for our second visit to the museum.  

I hope you are all enjoying the holidays!  

Happy Art Making!