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, July 29, 2014

painting party


I hosted a painting party for adults in The Create Everyday Classroom.


This was a fantastic and enthusiastic group of ten.  Some wanted little direction.  
Others sought out inspiration and guidance.





Painting parties and adult art classes come in any shape or form.  
You decide (and design) the curriculum for your group.

For more information on scheduling your adult art class or painting party,
visit this link.

Happy Art Making!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

piet mondrian study at mount curve



Piet Mondrian was the artist of study and our source of inspiration today at Mount Curve.  We began class by viewing examples of this artist's work while discussing the time and place of his life.  

The children were given square and rectangle cardboard templates.  They arranged and traced them on their canvases to create their own compositions, eventually using paint as well to create a heavier line.


 




While we waited for our squares and rectangles to dry, we read the book, Perfect Square by Michael Hall.  This is another exceptional book, telling the story of a square with limitless possibilities.


We returned to our compositions by adding white, yellow, red and blue paint.





It was so much fun to see and work with your children again.  Many of them couldn't wait to tell me where their vegetable paintings were hanging in their house!

I hope you all are having an enjoyable summer!  

To view more photos from our class yesterday, please visit this link.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

piet mondrian study at st.mark's


Piet Mondrian was the artist of study and our source of inspiration yesterday at St. Mark's.  We began class by viewing examples of this artist's work while discussing the time and place of his life.  

The children were given square and rectangle cardboard templates.  They arranged and traced them on their canvases to create their own compositions, eventually using paint as well to create a heavier line.



 

While we waited for our squares and rectangles to dry, we read the book, Perfect Square by Michael Hall.  This is another exceptional book, telling the story of a square with limitless possibilities.


 During the morning classes, Jack (Sophia's brother), read this book to each class.


We returned to our compositions by adding white, yellow, red and blue paint.

 



It was so much fun to see and work with your children again.  Many of them couldn't wait to tell me where their vegetable paintings were hanging in their house!

I hope you all are having an enjoyable summer!  

To view more photos from our class yesterday, please visit this link.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

weekday workshop

In awe at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

We began the afternoon by creating our own textile art.  The children decided what they wanted to embroider and then embellished their work with ink and watercolor.




After a picnic outside the MIA and time to walk about and explore, the children identified one piece in the museum that inspired them.  We returned to the classroom to create a painting of our own.

Urban Couch inspiration
piet mondrian inspiration

cy twombly inspiration

The next WEEKDAY WORKSHOP is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, August 12 + 14 from 2:30 - 5:30.  If your child is interested in attending, it is helpful to let me know as soon as you are able.


Here are a few photos from our class on Tuesday:
more road maps!

popular drawing exercise

drawing in the MCAD sculpture garden

Thank you!  
Happy Art Making!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Education of a Wandering Man


My definition of a good vacation is having the ability to start and finish a book.  This particular one inspired me.  Here are some excerpts I chose to highlight from Louis L'Amour's memoir, Education of a Wandering Man.

...for to live well one must live with awareness.

...school was interfering with my education.

We teach a child to creep when he should be running: education becomes a task rather than excitement...Personally, I believe children should be taught to see, to observe, and subject what they have seen to analysis...Very young children will often learn a difficult subject easily unless someone tells them it is "hard".

We do not at present educate people to think, but rather to have opinions, and that is something altogether different.

It is not necessary to travel in order to write good stories.  It is only necessary to see, to understand and reveal.

Start writing, no matter about what.  The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.  You can sit and look at a page for a long time and nothing will happen.  Start writing and it will.

...a writer owes a debt of authenticity to his readers

It is not enough to have learned, for living is sharing and I must offer what I have for whatever it is worth.

...it is a labor of love, and I would relinquish no part of it at any price, I do not need help; I need time.

It seems to me that every written word is an effort to understand man's place in the universe.

Most of us hold the dream of becoming something better than we are...

Too often, the way taken is the wrong way, with too much emphasis on what we want to have, rather than what we wish to become.

One hopes the way will be clear, the road open.  So as one pilgrim to another, I leave you with that wish: "May there be a road!"


Quotes L'Amour chose to incorporate into this book:


Do what thy manhood bids thee do,
From none but self expect applause;
He noblest lives and noblest dies
Who makes and keeps his self-made laws.
-Sir Richard Francis Burton

Much is not dared because it seems hard; much seems hard only because it is not dared.
-Prince Wenzel, Anton Von Kalintz, Austrian statesman

A book is a friend that will do what no friend does - be silent when we wish to think.
-Will Durant

Talent is nothing but long patience. - Gustave Flaubert

No choicer gift can any man give to another than his spirit's intimate converse with itself.
- Schleiermacher



art class



Yesterday we started a new art class series inspired by Sara Fanelli's My Map Book.  This illustrator uses bold colors and words, modeling another form of autobiography.  Her illustrations spark imagination and prompt her "readers" to imagine a bigger story.

Two children mapped out their bedrooms and two others created treasure maps.  The bedroom maps tell a story of what the points of interest are in each room to each individual at this time of their life.  The treasure maps take the viewer on a journey throughout the page, one with islands, boats and monsters and another with a dinosaur at every turn.  





We will be creating other works of art inspired by Fanelli's book and her illustrations every Sunday afternoon in July.  Contact me if your child is interested in attending on any of these particular dates.

Sundays, July 13, 20 and 27
3:30 - 5:30
$40/each

At our next WEEKDAY WORKSHOP, we will be creating paper mache sculptures as well as textile art.  Each class involves a walk, a snack picnic and an art making session.

Tuesday/Thursday
July 15 and 17
2:30 - 5:30
$95 for 2 afternoons

view photos from our last WEEKDAY WORKSHOP here


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

creating while away


Summer is in full swing and there is nothing better than a little summer vacation.  My husband and I haven't traveled much the past few years (except to our favorite destination: the shores of Lake Superior) but this year, we are already on our third get-away.

We just returned from a reunion with my family in California and it was lovely, fun and beautiful.  I had to pack light.  I am used to bringing my art bag properly stocked with small selections from many art making materials.  In this case, though, there was only room for a few books, a journal and pen.

In Encinitas, CA, I found an art store and without knowing what I was going to purchase, felt completely satisfied with this selection: one kraft color paper sketchbook, a set of soft pastels, one bottle of india ink and a brush.  I was on a roll.  This was a good reminder and proof, once again, that when I limit my materials, it is so much easier to just start.







My husband and I are currently in Montana (another love of ours).  I am needing to create, again, as soon as possible.  I have a wish to do what this inspiring, creative soul did - create a piece for my birthday (already past - but it's never too late, right?).  Anika Starmer (otherwise known as a is for anika), creates EVERYDAY and she created this piece on her birthday with a LOVEly and inspiring dedication (we share the same day).  I follow Anika on facebook, instagram, flickr and her blog.  Check her out!  It's a great way to give yourself a kick start!

The originals of these drawings as well as fine art prints are already available in my etsy shop.

I only had my phone but taking photos is always another source of creativity for me too.  
You can view these here.

Happy Summer to ALL!  I'd love to hear what you've been up to.  Send me a message or comment and let me know.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

weekday workshop

What a day. 


The children walked through MCAD on their way to the MIA, 
stopping to draw the sculptures they saw in their tiny sketchbooks.


I just happened to have a friend (another art teacher) who is visiting the Twin Cities while taking an experimental drawing class at MCAD.  She invited me to visit today with our weekday workshop.


The children were able to meet Ti (aka T. Besonen), see a lot of the students' work...



 as well as touch "the largest pencil in the world".

When we arrived at the MIA, the children would ask if they could stop and draw.





It was hard to leave, but the walk back to the classroom was fun!


When we returned, we created work inspired by our visit.



interpretation of Your Dog by Yoshitomo Nara

interpretation of Phillip Guston painting

Check out Ti's work here.

The next create everyday weekday workshops are
Tuesday and Thursdays

July 15 + 17 from 2:30 - 5:30
August 12 + 14 from 2:30 -5:30

$55 single day/ $95 for 2

contact me here to register

Also, drop in on any Sunday afternoon class in July: