Thursday, September 30, 2010
All things are a "buzz" here in the Warwick Valley Middle School art room. My 6th grade students have created wonderful value drawings inspired by crawling creatures.
I introduced Louise Bourgeios' spider "Maman" sculptures and other artists who used a gray value scale to create works of art such as M.C. Escher's "Ant" work. We talked a lot about the value scale and each student created their own 1-10 gray value scale. They then used those values in a drawing inspired by an insect photograph.
Each one is really beautifully done. I am so proud of each and every one of my students! They all were so excited as they came down the Unified Arts hallway to see these amazing artworks line the walls.
Be Well and Enjoy!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Well hello friends! I am just in from Minneapolis, MN from a great art event called The Creative Connection and what do you know.... I feel creatively connected! I met and visited with lots of great creative minds. Lots of strong and artistic women.
This was my first visit to Minneapolis and even though I do love to shop, this trip was for arts sake and I did not make it to the Mall of America. I was able to make my way out of the hotel on a few occasions to get some great coffee and oatmeal from Caribou Coffee and one of the yummiest salads of my life from Chipotle and on my to do list is to find a near by Chipotle!
Minneapolis was filled with great and friendly people that I was so glad to come in contact with. I feel very inspired by such great women. Among the women I was able to talk with "Where Women Create's" creator Jo Packham and former editor in chief of "Country Living" Nancy Soriano. Both women worked together to create this art inspiring event. I also had great chats with fun ladies like Khristian A. Howell, and the Tip Junkie with topics that never exclude our wearable art!
The Creative Connection offered so many educational classes and panels for artful women to better and advance themselves. I am always inspired by painter Laurie Meseroll. I was able to speak with her up close and personal about her 15-30 layers that she applies to her canvases. Wow! That is a LOT of work. I love the innocence and attitude in each one of the faces in her paintings. She shared with me and many class participants that its not about the materials, its about the subject matter in conjunction with the creator that makes a successful painting. I asked her if she uses black gesso for her pieces and she told me she uses house paint and she also suggested templates as a tool for those less inclined in drawing. I thought this was a great tip and tool for using with students who may struggle in my classroom. I have a few of Laurie's paintings in our home and we really love them and her so thank you Laurie! In addition, we also dished about recipes, haircuts and nose studs just as great girl powered artists would!
One really fun piece I was able to do was a 2"x3" bird mixed media collage I entitled, "fly free friend." Each participant was invited to create a small work to be added to a large overall mural that would be auctioned off as part of the Art Is... establishment fund raiser to benefit children with cleft palette syndrome. The overall product was just as bright as the participants.
I also am so inspired by the work of Krys Kirkpatrick of Hutch Studio. I loved her small works and large illustrations. They are loose and also reminiscent of some of the early "Winnie the Pooh" drawings. Krys is very clever and uses many recycled materials. Cardboard is one of many recycled materials most of us can get our hands on and use in our art. So I am combining her cardboard use with that of an artist I saw this summer who created cardboard robots.
I am full of ideas and look forward to bringing these fun artists back to my room and share these practicing artists with my students. What better way to show that people can have a successful career in the art world than sharing both the "great" artists of the past and present with those great young artists of the future in my classroom!
I am so happy to have spent a few days in a new city with such great strong artists! Thank you to all for making it an inspirational trip especially my glitter gal pal and roommate for the past 5 days, Jen!!! xo
Be Well and Enjoy!
PS- I really hope you will all go check out these great artists and more today!
Monday, September 13, 2010
My husband Brian and I spent a wonderful day in New York City this weekend and enjoyed a great crisp fall day. In the words of Tom Hanks in my favorite movie "You've Got Mail," it made me want a "bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils."
We walked around and Fashion Night Out was in full swing. Sales and celebs filled the stores and busy streets and it was wonderful. I so enjoy the city in the fall. Fashion is at its finest. The magazines weigh ten pounds and are chocked full of great garments!
We happened upon a small store that was selling "Feed" items. Inside there were many great items made of burlap bags and comfortable canvas. Each one reads "FEED." I found a great little change purse and inside was a wonderful bracelet.
This particular purchase is known as the FEED 5 Bracelet and is made out of corn-based plastic with a metal charm with the FEED logo stamped on one side and the number 5 on the other. The number 5 signifies the 5 school meals each bracelet will provide and each bracelet comes in a mini FEED pouch or coin purse.
I now wear my bracelet proudly as it was a great donation with a great little keepsake in return. I really love the bags as well and believe my next purchase will be the FEED 2 Kenya Bag with its wonderful beading and great multipurpose handles it is a real winner in my book!
If you want to see how you too can help this wonderful foundation and get your hands on a great item to help FEED someone in need please click on the title of this blog post and it will bring you to the website to shop and browse these great items!
Be Well and Enjoy!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Well school is back in full swing in Warwick Valley, NY and my new middle school classroom is set up and in full use. I am so excited to be teaching again! Summers are wonderful because they energize teachers and give us time plan, prep, learn and refresh our lessons. Teaching in a new school and new grades really gave me an opportunity to do all of those things! Thank you so very much fellow blog followers for sharing such great ideas with me, I so appreciate you sharing!
My classroom is looking really good with young artists in it and drawings are building. I am still assessing all of my young artists and getting a good feel for each and every one of their abilities, interests, etc. while we all get to know one another.
Keep an open eye for student work to follow inspired by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, French-American artist Louise Bourgeios and American author/artist Eric Sloane.
Enjoy and Be Well!