Saturday, December 31, 2011

Artist at Work

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Monday, November 28, 2011

FWD:Drew drew Rapunzel! Her first real face. Artist in the making!

Drew drew Rapunzel! Her first real face. Artist in the making!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Looking South - Towards Palos Verdes.
November 21, 2011


Sunflower fingernails.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fall Festival = Seasonal Art at Madrona Nature Preserve

Today the kids (ages 4 - 9) joined us at Madrona Marsh - In the Nature Center.  We painted and embellished frames. 
After Painting, Nature Guide Beth took the kids on a short walk on the Marsh, and we collected some things for our frames and plaques.

We really had a great morning!

Monday, October 17, 2011




Coincidentally, this gentleman in the suit walked toward me AFTER I had place a man walking in the painting.  Can you see why I quickly grabbed a photo of him?  "Art in Motion"

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Art Party & Art Gallery Show - October 13, 2011

To celebrate a birthday, Amanda and several of her class friends, neighbors, and family members gathered together for a fun, color filled art party.

The afternoon began with hand-prints on a personal birthday canvas.  Then all the kids gathered around for a simple art instruction based on a pumpkin and fall colored still life.  They then were allowed to pick something from the inspiration table to take with them to their art station.  Some chose to sit, others preferred to stand,... and the young ones were at a small work table where I could oversee and give help when needed. 

The kids were given personalized aprons & created wonderful paintings.  Later, when the parents returned, they were treated to an art gallery (set up around the house) with tags to identify the works of art.  Some of the parents chose to grab a canvas and give creativity a change to grow in them too...  it was wonderful to see parents and children working together, and SMILING!!!

YOUR PARTY COULD BE THE NEXT BIG THING!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Olivia

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Monday, September 26, 2011

THE COOL SPHERE


The Cool Sphere - an exercise in loose drawing and sketching, color values and shading.

My student, who will turn 8 years old next week, began by loosly drawing a circle (sketch style) and then slowly introduced color.  First we painted the purple and blues in the background, then brought a combinations of blue, turquoise and silver into the circle, increasing the intesity of the black and deciding where the shadows shoud be.  At the end of the exercise my student expressed...  "It's a ball!!!"...  yes!  With verbal instructions and me modeling the exercise, the student was able to learn a technique which she can incorperate into any number of school projects, using any type of drawing medium she's given...    Next month we will do the same project using the warm tones...  Reds, Oranges, Yellows and some Purple and Gold for accents. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Monday, September 12, 2011

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Donna's Sunflowers - Acrylic on Art-Paper

This beautful still life by Donna is done in Acrylic. 
For this lesson (taught in 2 sessions) the students worked from either a still life on display, or from a photograph.

It looks beautiful!

The Giant Panda

  The Giant Panda - this image was started from a photograph.  The students practiced transferring using a grid and then various methods of mixing the paint.  They learned how to vary the colors and apply depth of color to bring the painting to life.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Fabulous Acrylic Workshop

Session Two with Annie, Allie & Friends...


Gathering with some friends during the summer can be fun and creative... especially when they bring great photos to draw inspiration from.

The girls (all going into 8th grade in September) brought with them an assortment of colorful animal images.  Tropical birds, Pandas, Penguins... and produced some rather lovely works of art.

The moms... Donna and Myself, worked on Floral Displays from real flower bouquets in the room... I worked on a bunch of roses, and Donna a spray of Sunflowers... 
It was an enjoyable session.  We'll do another session before the girls head back to school in September... 

Colorful parakeets

 Giant Panda

 Chinstrap Penguin

  Toucan

  Sunflowers

  Roses

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Little Bit Blue?

Caden, age 2 years, 6 days

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Entry for the "Blue" contest

 
"Smurfy Gaga" - Miss Suzanne, Age 30-something...

David = age 9
Created this "Smurfy Inspired Hero Guy" on the Hero Factory / Lego Website

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Acrylics for All Ages

This week my students explored a variety of applications using water based acrylics.




Friday, July 8, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Friday Field Trips: July 1st - LACMA

David (9), Fiona (5) and Alexander (7)
Waiting patiently while mommy stands in line to get the tickets.

A Maze of Noodles?  We're not sure, but this installation of "tubular noodles" hanging like stringy spaghetti was really cool... apparently during the day the noodles gain energy, and they glow in the dark at night.  We'll have to go back and check this out.

Fiona and Alex pause a moment in front of the "Tim Burton" balloon.

We went for a bite to eat a the plaza cafe, and due to its proximity to the La Brea Tar Pits, we took a quick look at the large pool.  This was David's first look at it and he was fascinated enough to be planning a future trip when he can explore it further.  I suggested a day when it wasn't going to be 95 degrees.

Returning to the museum plaza, we explored the paths of the sculpture garden.  The kids really liked the water sculptures.  I love the architecture.


This Moving Sculpture is Alexander's favorite piece.
Fiona loves exploring the path and dancing with the "spinny thing" (as she poetically describes it)


In the style of Henri Matisse?

David accurately described this Tea Set, without reading the artist cue card.  I was very proud of him for identifying it...  Fiona was excited because it was a tea set.

David with a Mondrian... just for Granny.

I think I see some new Modern Art Sculptures hidden in with the old ones, can you find them?

I have a liking for Paul Klee

An Original Modigliani...
Here's a wonderful 3 Dimensional Sculpture... 


Fiona's Favorite.


The boys were truly discussing a modern art sculpture that was across the room from where they sat.
I watched for a few minutes and took this picture.  Then David got up and explained what they were discussing.

this pile of scrapmetal, possibly from motorcycles and such, are very "Transformerish"...


We did visit the Tim Burton Exhibit, but due to copyright laws and the DO NOT TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AND PLEASE PUT AWAY CELL PHONE rule, there are no pictures... however, let me tell you that anyone who has seen a Tim Burton movie... you will not be disappointed.  If you appreciate children's illustrations, you will be amazed... and if you have any children who doodle in their textbooks, or have collegues who scribble in the margins of the newspaper... this is certainly a great show.  Truly worth the time... 

This is a 3 dimensional relief painting... done in 7 segments.  I think that I will incorperate this into a 7 part series for Middle School & High Schoolers for next summer...



Photo Opp for mommy!

Looking back, it was a lovely day...

Looking ahead, the car is nearby,... just down those stairs...


Next Field Trip: Madrona Marsh on the 8th of July!