Teaching..gosh I love it! The finished converse are from my older teen student..and the rainbow pumpkins..from my younger ones. My younger teens wanted to do shoes as well & they're rising to the challenge!
I always say this .but these kids amaze me! I seriously have the best job ever!!
Taught a paint night last night for 40 people. I was quite worried since I have never taught a class that large or with such varying ages (9-80!). We had such fun though and I was so impressed with the attitudes of positivity and courageously trying something new that these girls and women demonstrated. It amazes me that we can all have the same design but they each turn out so different as we infuse our individual talents and personalities into the painting.
My little studio companion for the afternoon. He designed two paintings with preliminary sketches and planned out his colors to paint beside me. A great little sidekick. .
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Art History buffs? Parents of school aged children? Artists? Educators?...
I'm trying to figure out my 'Big 5' artist line up that I will use to label each of the tables and art bins in my classroom. I teach additional artists to individual grade levels but these 'Big 5' are the ones that all the students will hear and become most familiar with this year. Last year I did a theme of artists that had a connection to Hitler (whether he burned their paintings, hated their art, fled from his rule to be able to create as they wanted, created their style to oppose his oppression, etc) what should my theme be for this year? #somanyartistssolittletime .
*North American artists
*Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism
*Latin American artists
*Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
*Still life or landscape artists
*Cubism/De Stijl/ Futurism
*An artist from a different continent
*Artists that have influenced each other creating a link
*Color field artists
*Installation artists *Artists that paint from nature or plein air artists
*5 random Master artists *Contemporary Artists
*Artists that have died in tragic/self-destructive ways (haha)
Cast your vote or even suggest a theme I haven't stated. What would you want your children to learn in art this year?
Oh sweet Saturday I'm glad you're here... I have the house all to myself (a rare occurrence) for the next few hours but now to figure out what to do...
1. Do yoga then paint the entire time
2. Finish scraping the deck then start painting it
3. Weed and tidy the yard preparatory for the 40 teens that will come tonight for an outdoor movie in our yard
4. Clean out the garage and make homemade scones
5. Fold 5 loads of laundry while binge watching Netflix
6. Plan for my upcoming classes for the fall and make granola bars
7. Go back to bed and avoid making decisions
Wanna cast your vote?
My boys like to watch me paint almost as much as I love painting. It always gives me a boost to hear them oooh and aaaah as if I'm the most talented painter in the world, often I hear them say "please don't sell that one I want it displayed in my room!"
Its times like that when I realize that being creative and pursuing your passion is as important for children to witness as it is for us to prioritize. Sometimes I get so caught up in the schedule and driving them around to pursue their passion that mine takes the back burner. All the more reason to #carveouttimeforart . Sending you Colorful Summer Monday vibes with his piece which was painted in between swim meets and a soccer practice. .
Perseverance 32x20 watercolor on Arches archival cold pressed 140lb watercolor paper (I ❤️the decal edge)
My great grandmother (Hatt) was a midwife and known throughout the area as a bit of an apothecary knowing many natural remedies and having jars and jars of preserved roots, powders and tinctures to help others in need. She lived on the edge of the Bay of Fundy which pours into the Atlantic Ocean. She would often be called on in the middle of the night to deliver a child and she would hop into her row boat in the deep darkness and row across the bay to help a mother in discomfort bring her new baby into the world. That has always amazed me...rowing across the cold bay in the middle of the night!!! So crazy right?? She was selfless and kind, hard-working and resourceful. When I go through difficult times in my life that seem insurmountable I find comfort in thinking about her and reminding myself that I come from "tough stock", that I too can be resourceful, tenacious and get things done! This painting is part of several in my "Crossing the Bay" series. It's 12x12 acrylic on gallery cradled birch panel. #toughstock#fundybay#newbrunswick
So lucky to be surrounded by so many strong, intelligent, and caring women in my life. I'm especially lucky to have been raised by a mom and to have a sister who demonstrate the power of women every single day. #internationalwomensday#womengetthingsdone