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Friday, December 31, 2010

the jewelry door

Those who know me know I love to organize. When it comes to my jewelry I really like to keep it organized but recognize that it is art and I wanted it to be displayed as well.

After long contemplation and many ideas passed by my dear friends Kelli and Dan had an extra door in their garage and the idea came to life, a jewelry door! We have heard of jewelry drawers, jewelry trees and jewelry boxes but this is my jewelry DOOR!

Brian, my very handy husband painted this goody to a bright statement red and then he screwed in a bunch of hooks for my baubles and jewels to hang from. We propped it up on a wall in our bedroom and it is a work of art! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

It really showcases my most favorite pieces. The door handle holds a key necklace which I felt was appropriate and the original hook up top can still hold many beautiful works of art.

I love the way my Debbee Thibault necklaces are wonderfully whimsical and make me smile with all their character. I love Debbee's work.

I also love the way my Caramia Visick's Hotcakes jewelry shines with its luster and fun resin encased glory.

Lynsey Walters is a super talented artist who I just recently added to my collection and she is the colorful Scottish artist who I acquired the owl necklaces from. I am in love with all things birds and even have three different bird tattoos on my body so I had to scarf up these owls as soon as I saw them!

And of course there is my large Dara DiMagno collection. Dara has been one of my favorite artists for a long time as I have blogged about her work before. Her colorful nature really shows in all of her work and they are really conversation starters every time I wear one!

Organization is the key to success in my life! I love having things at hand and when I am ready to run out the door and need that statement piece my jewelry door is there for me to grab and go! So enjoy my collection of jewelry art and maybe you can take some time to compartmentalize and organize something today too... try it- organizing really can be fun and make you feel good too!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

clay that excites the tastebuds

My 7th grade artists been creating clay desserts inspired by pop artist Claus Oldenberg, Wayne Thiebaud and clay artist Jill Wiener.

We have created an array of delightful desserts using clay. All of these works are functional boxes and can be used for an array of objects that can be kept inside.

Some students used slabs to create their desserts. We began with templates that each individual student made his/her own templates so each is unique. Other students used hand building as well but created pinch pots to form their colorful cupcakes.

The students used stroke and coat glazes for the first time (and my first time) and we really loved them! The colors are vibrant and so true! These glazes are keepers!

So sit down, relax and enjoy the holidays, winter break and one another! Might as well share a sweet treat while you are doing it! I will be enjoying some gluten free treats with my family very soon!

Be Well, Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 17, 2010

coils galore

My 6th grade artists finished their coil pots. This is such a classic and yet great clay hand building skill. I taught coil building in elementary school and am still building upon those important techniques now that I am teaching middle school.

They created small pinch pots with a coil foot and then they used various coils to create unique works of art.

While each pot is made strictly of coils and a pinch pot they all look very unique.

The students then glazed them using various glazes with thick coats so not only do these coil structures look good but they will work well too! Some of them will do great jobs and others are just meant to be beautiful- either way I love them all as do the kids- which of course is the most important thing!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the clay abyss

My 6th, 7th and 8th grade artists have been getting their hands dirty, literally. We just finished using a lot of clay and the pieces are really wonderful!

6th graders made coil pots, 7th graders made sweet treat desserts and 8th graders made mug mugs. There are a few samplings from my Art Club that include tea pots and clay boxes as well.

All the work is so amazing and I am so excited about it all! My students keep asking me, "When are we glazing?" or "When am I getting my clay piece back?"

I have to admit that I have been just as big of a kid myself, with sneak peaks in the kiln on early dark mornings - I get to school when it is still dark- because I cannot wait to see their amazing work!

The hardest part has been asking the kids to part with their work for a few weeks to be displayed in the case.

Here are a few shots of the groupings. More to follow on each individual lessons soon!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

being britto

My 7th grade artists became Romero Britto experts. They were inspired by his colorful and vibrant works of art.

Romero Britto is a Brazilian neo-pop painter and sculptor. He combines stereotyped elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work. He is known for his contemporary work. Britto currently lives in Miami, Florida, where his work can be seen in many parts around the city but also can be seen all across the United States and beyond.

Britto is a current working artist who was born in 1963.I feel that it is very important to introduce and expose my young artists to the great masters of art from history while also showcasing artists who are currently working and successful to show how art is a huge part of our lives today. The "starving artist" is no longer the only outlet for young people interested in art.

My students looked at Britto's work and were inspired to create their own neo-pop drawings. They used bright bold colors and built upon the work of Keith Haring and pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

These bright images are currently lighting up the halls of our school and the district office!

If you are around, be sure to come stop by and check them out!

Be Well and Enjoy!

Friday, December 3, 2010

magnificent mola

My 6th grade artists have just completed wonderful works of art in the form of molas.
The mola forms part of the traditional costume of a Kuna woman. Kuna or Cuna is the name of an indigenous people of Panama and Colombia.

We looked at a variety of molas and admired the beautiful details, layers, and mostly the colors struck as as stunning.

The students then went to work sketching out animals and details they would then transform into molas.

We used layers of colored paper to create a mola inspired collage. Students used their sketches as maps for how to create their own mola.

The results are eye catching and just as fun as the original molas of the Kuna people.

Be Well and Enjoy!