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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I Am An Artist When...

I am going to start a video catalog of some of our favorite books from art class.

View two more here:

School of Names, written and illustrated by M.B. Goffstein

Everybody Needs A Rock, written by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Peter Parnall

These are just a few of the books we will be reading during the Creating BIG ART While Observing Tiny Nature Create Everyday Summer ART Camp, June 22 - 26. See this link for more information.

Monday, May 18, 2015

art that grows

We began with a study of the living artist from Japan,  Miroco Machiko.  We looked closely at one of her pieces examining subject, color and composition.

As I emptied the contents of our small refrigerator, the children identified these subjects: carrots, bell peppers, beets, radishes, corn, artichokes, eggplant and jalapeno pepper.

The students used these vegetables as inspiration to create their own drawings and composition with oil pastels on their canvases. With the exception of the black paint, the children only used primary colors and mixed all the colors they felt necessary to complete their still life paintings.

Declan read a book to us titled, Seen Art? by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.  
I highly recommend this read.  It has the perfect balance of great humor  
and educational (art) content.  

After a snack break and another book (I read Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy to coincide with our growing theme), we started our second activity.  The children decided which seeds they wanted to plant in their art that grows.  They designed their own back drop, using oil pastels and watercolors.

After taking turns mixing their potting soil with water, the children assisted each other in filling their clear bags with the moist dirt.  They reached in carefully to plant each seed.

After the seeds were planted, we carefully slid their backdrop piece behind their planted seeds.  If placed in a sunny spot and tended to with small amounts of water, we hope these seeds sprout and begin to grow!  If they do, I'd love to see pictures!

Our last activity of the day involved printing.  The children applied paint to their plates and used cotton swabs to draw the vegetables.  This is so fun to observe because the children just want to keep printing and printing.

There are two more classes in May.  See these here.

 I am trying to wiggle in classes throughout the summer months 
while in the midst of summer camps.
I'll make sure to keep you posted on new developments.

For summer camp info, see this link.

I have a few more seats in this camp June 22 - 26!

Monday, May 11, 2015

parts of a flower

We inspected the tulip and all it's fascinating parts.

We created each and every part on our own flower using 
sticks, wire, straws, tissue paper, tape and construction paper 
(we had painted this, earlier, with watercolors).

We admired our work.

After a snack picnic outside and more investigating with our magnifying glasses, we returned to the classroom where we viewed a large variety of Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings.  From our previous lesson, the children were able to identify parts of the flower in O'Keeffe's work.

We practiced using our arms to make large and long painting strokes before we began painting these.

Happy Mother's Day, Moms!  You are all appreciated for everything you ARE.

There are still seats available in the PICASSO'S GUITARS class: Saturday, May 30 from 2:30-5:30
as well as the MAPPING OUT MINNESOTA class: Sunday, May 31 from 2:30 -5:30

I have 3 more seats available in the Create Everyday summer ART camp June 22 - 26.  See this link for more information.

Did you know I teach private lessons?
This artist has been studying portraits.
  Here is an example of her work in progress from this past weekend.

For more information regarding upcoming classes, summer camps, private lessons or art making birthday parties, contact Kari at:

Monday, May 4, 2015

a seed is sleepy (art class)

We started by looking closely at a variety of seeds with a magnifying glass.  Thank you to Sloane for sharing her large and beautiful selection of seeds with us!  The children made note of the seeds' details and used graphite pencil to draw these seeds on paper.

We painted our drawings with watercolors.  We read the book, A Seed is Sleepy written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long: "A seed is adventurous...A seed is fruitful...A seed is generous...A seed is thirsty and hungry..."  The children labeled their drawings.

After this exercise, the children were asked to pick one seed.  We studied the details of this seed with the magnifying glass and created a larger-than-life version of this seed on wood plaque with graphite pencil and tempura paint.

Once we had finished our snack picnic outside, the girls spontaneously attempted to draw the "biggest seeds on earth" with sidewalk chalk.

These drawings weren't that far fetched considering
we did read that one of the largest seeds in the world can weigh up to 40 pounds.

When we returned to the classroom we played with maple seeds, stringing them on embroidery thread to create necklaces.   The children also formed maple seeds out of clay.

Our last activity involved labeling and planting seeds: pea, pumpkin and sunflower.    Hopefully the children can watch these sprout and grow, removing the plastic that provides a little greenhouse once the sprouting seeds touch the top.

I thought this class was a beautiful opportunity to celebrate SPRING and I thoroughly enjoyed working with these delightful girls.

I have two more seats available in my class this Saturday, May 9 (2:30-5:30): Parts of a Flower and Georgia O'Keeffe

A four year old celebrated her birthday in the classroom this past weekend with twelve of her friends.  The parents hosted snack and greeted parents and their children in the foyer before the painting party began.  Once the birthday party participants found their seats in the classroom, the parents were able to walk to the Copper Hen for some well deserved adult time.  Over the course of our studio time together, the children painted on canvas, receiving lessons on geography, vegetable identification, composition, color mixing and more. They also painted and assembled their own party hats.  We read books and sang songs. When the parents returned 1.5 hours later, we celebrated in the classroom with candles and cupcakes.

For more information regarding Create Everyday Birthday Parties for Children, visit this link.

Follow the recent happenings of The Create Everyday Classroom on Facebook.

View upcoming May classes and read about Create Everyday Summer ART Camps here.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

creative coaching

As a creativity coach, I offer four different opportunities 
to boost your inspiration, consistency and focus.

geometry in art

We opened class by exploring two dimensional shapes.  The children printed shapes using blocks, cut out shapes from their own textured paper and created stamps by carving in foam.

We transitioned to watercolor paper.  The children were asked to randomly place dots on their paper with a pencil.  By using a ruler, they connected three dots, creating triangles all over their page.  We used watercolors to bring these creations to life.

We took a break for a snack picnic outside and brought our drawing papers and charcoal.  After our snack, we practiced drawing three dimensional shapes: cubes, pyramids, cylinders, cones and spheres.  This was, by far, the highlight of the day.  The children filled their papers with practice drawings.  This is such an important part of drawing - learning how to practice as well as fill a page (even if there are parts of the drawing the artist doesn't like).

We also took our lesson one step further and discussed shading.  With the bright and sunny day, we were able to look at the trees outside and notice from which direction the sun was shining.  The children chose a direction for the sun to shine on their drawings and practiced shading.

Once their papers were filled, students took their drawing to the streets (or the sidewalk, in this case).

When we returned to the classroom, we looked at a variety of Jennifer Sanchez's work.  We noticed a lot of circles, lines and bold color.  The children used the two dimensional shapes they had created earlier in class and combined them with other printing materials and paint to create a mixed media piece.

For a list of May classes (HAPPY MAY DAY tomorrow!) check out this link.
For Create Everyday Summer ART Camps, click here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

april 12 art class

We opened up class with the book, The Orchestra Pit (a snake visits the wrong "pit" and meets the orchestra) written by Johanna Wright.  

As a warm up, the children painted snakes with watercolors, eventually adding more detail with markers and pencils.  

After reading Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin written by Lloyd Moss and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, we discussed the orchestra instruments and their families (brass, percussion, strings and woodwinds). 

Conor brought his violin and we were able to identify it's parts: the scroll, tuning pegs, finger board, f holes, bridge, tailpiece and chin rest.   

The children used the same art making method they had used with their snakes to illustrate their own violin as well as other instruments that inspired them.  

While eating our snack, we listened to Leonard Bernstein narrate the story of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.  

We spent the remainder of our class time designing puppets for our Peter and the Wolf "sets", creating our own story boards.

Thank you for taking a break from the beautiful (and unexpected) weather yesterday 
in order to drop off and pick up your children!  I was worried having to spend time inside might be disappointing but it appeared as though everyone enjoyed themselves.

To view classes listed for MAY, please visit this link.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Create Everyday Classroom: brief history + mission

The mission of The Create Everyday Classroom is to design a learning environment for every individual that fosters and establishes the importance of quality time for creative exploration.

The Create Everyday Classroom was established on the conclusion that children have a natural ability and urge to create. This need to create, while given the appropriate tools to follow through, was proved to foster higher levels of clarity and understanding regarding any subject.

Children have a natural sense of curiosity and wonder. The Create Everyday Classroom was founded on the belief that, by becoming immersed in activity that emphasizes these natural inclinations, students create conscious habits as creative thinkers that are less likely to become lost with age.

The Create Everyday Classroom is an art classroom, but, just as importantly, has an intention of acknowledging the whole person while listening to each person's natural inclinations and bridging these to other avenues of learning.

To read more about The Create Everyday Classroom as well as view a schedule of upcoming classes, please visit:

Sunday, April 5, 2015

book making and journaling

This class was fantastic.  I am going to have to make sure I offer a variation of this class again soon. Not only did this class teach a skill (book making with simple, everyday materials), the process of journaling is a valuable form of self expression, creating a unique (manageable) place to gather ideas, collections or take time to reflect. 

There are so many articles and so much research on the positive benefits of journaling.  As a classroom teacher, my students always had access to their own personal journal at any time during the work cycle.

I recently stumbled upon this list of benefits which, I believe, is the most simple and concise:

1. Journals help us have a better connection with our values, emotions and goals
2. Journals improve mental clarity, help solve problems and improve overall focus
3. Journals improve insight and understanding
4. Journals track our overall development
5. Journals facilitate personal growth

I hope the children who attended will feel free to put pieces of paper together, again, in the future if they feel the need to document an experience or collect and sort ideas.

We spent the first half of class working from a list of prompts.  The children either worked literally with the prompt or this prompt was the catalyst for an idea of their own.

1. an animal I saw that wasn't someone's pet
2. weather I recently experienced as well as my favorite weather
3. my favorite food
4. different ways I move (or forms of transportation)
5. floor plan of a place I recently visited
6. what I like to do when I am not at school
7. list of items that make me happy or what I like to collect (I loved observing the "wheels turning" in the children's heads as they created their lists).
8. my favorite activity
9. my favorite book
10. someone new I met recently

We used different materials for each prompt: watercolor crayons, black ink, tempura paints, watercolors, markers, white charcoal, graphite pencil, soft pastels and oil pastels.

After breaking for snack, we assembled our books using a needle and embroidery thread.

I noticed the children got their second wind after visually seeing their book take shape.

Students created their own backgrounds or chose ready-made ones for their work.  They applied each piece they created (each prompt) to a different page.

Usually, at least once over the course of any art class I teach, students are all working on their own ideas simultaneously.  This entire class was like this and capturing photos was difficult (but I have a few)!

When in art class, a day doesn't go by without the children expressing eagerness to look at books. There are always new books to explore.  I just happened to capture a typical scene here:

To read more about Create Everyday Art Classes for Children, visit this link.
To see a list of classes offered in April, click here.

Coming in May: Parts of a Flower and Georgia O'Keeffe!  Stay Tuned...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

spring break weekday workshops

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon, written by Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by Melissa Sweet was inspiration for the children's bird paintings during Thursday's Weekday Workshop.

We made an out-of-the-ordinary stop at the MCAD library (on our way to the MIA) to view an art installation by artist, Julie Renee Benda.   She was there and we were able to meet her and participate in her ongoing installation, Heartstrings.

We hadn't experienced any of this at the MIA before...

While eating lunch back in the classroom, we read the book, Mix It Up by Herve Tullet.  After lunch, we practiced mixing colors in a similar manner.  I think the students could have experimented in this way for at least another hour.  They had so much fun.

During our Friday Weekday Workshop, our art warm up consisted of finishing a partial image with a drawing.  Some of the children also used watercolors.

While preparing to walk to the MIA, the students decided they wanted to have a group photo in front of  their finished work.

We stopped by the MCAD library once again.  The children created another heartstring or used soft pastels on black paper to draw their own.

We have a large book of the MIA's collection of paintings in the classroom.  We spent a little bit of time looking for some of these paintings in the museum.


When we returned the classroom, the children painted on canvas, referencing an artist who inspired them from this particular visit.

To read more about Create Everyday Art Classes for Children, visit this link.
To see a list of classes offered in April, click here.