This blog is intended to encourage others on their journey into their creative "artscape". I have enjoyed many years as an artist learner, creator, and teacher. Life is inspiring, and I want to share the vantage point that I have been fortunate enough to view life from. I want to move a smidge over, and invite you to sit right next to me, and enjoy a 360 degree view of my "artscape". Join me in discovering and uncovering the creative soul that we all possess.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Making a book

Isn't it cute how kids stand when they are drawing? Someday I am going to draw all the different ways that I see them standing. This splits style is a pretty popular stance.
By the way, they are allowed to get chairs if they want them-
most don't want them, except Kindergarten; which I find so weird that they want a chair- but they don't sit in them, ha ha
I'm trying out book publishing. We'll see how it goes. I have to have it done super fast. Today was the first day. Students drew with pencil, then colored with markers. They could draw whatever they chose. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Isn't it great when you catch students totally engrossed in work they chose for themselves! At the study studio there was a small group of boys reading about Leonardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa- and I didn't even tell them to! They just wanted to! Yes! One of those moments you live for...
reading about mona lisa at the study studio

Some of the classes "earned" cotton for their snow scenes. Classes can earn special materials by great behavior. They have to be attentive when I am talking, productive during the studio time of class, and clean up within 1 min 30 sec! I am rooting for them to earn lots of "extras". Today one class earned the materials to make their own clay- very exciting!
adding cotton for texture

adding analogous colors and tinting at the painting studio

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tinting Analogous colors

Welcome to the painting table. The itty bitty kiddos are painting snowstorms!

blue, violet- analogous colors  adding white- tinting

ATC envelopes

Study Station. Making envelopes to keep their Artist Trading Cards in.


Cutting out curves. Learning to cut duplicates.

The collage table. What a happy mess! Cut, glue, cut, glue!

Curators of the Museum

Museum curators deciding which paintings should go in which gallery!

Volley Ball Game

Volley ball game at the clay studio!

Warm and Cool color sort

Recycle crayons! Make them into crayon cookies!  Sorting the crayons into warm and cool colors. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So many things just don't work like they're supposed to!

drying rack prop
I don't know about you, but some days it just seems like nothing works right. My drying rack is a perfect analogy to my day. The springs have sprung, the tension is all wrong, and it's a pain to prop, but we move on anyway!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Stages of development in art work

Your Child and His Art

Have you ever wondered about the developmental stages of student artwork. Sometimes a student seems so advanced, or so far behind. Lowenfeld and Edwards give us a general guideline. Do This link will take to Lowenfeld's and Edward's stages of development.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ice cream sundaes- so cute!

Here's a link to a very cute craft lesson! I don't usually like to take the time for crafts, but who can resist projects like this???? Crafts build skills, give an opportunity to be successful, and they are high interest to the students.  This could tie in to Pop Art...
Here is the link to this lesson:  Love this blog!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

marbled medallions with super powers! and other lovely art moments...

Thes medals are made out of model magic, markers, beads, paper clip, colored string. artist statement about this student's clay medallion with super powers!
Checking out a collage book at the Study Studio...

A large monster out of popsicle sticks at the building studio. Students love to make pictures, names, fences, and buildings out of these sticks.
Hooray for Interns!

Especially interns that clean out paint cupboards for me! Yeah!

Google Art Project

The google art project is fantastic! Visit museums! Get close up views of paintings! I could spend hours touring these galleries.  for behind the scenes visitors guide
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