Lil’ Devil Fighting Boredom

Another lunchtime break that felt too long and being in the art room is a little like my being a kid in a candy store... so much temptation to take and use the abundance of art materials. I let my respect for karma dictate my actions and leave most of the stuff alone... I only … Continue reading Lil’ Devil Fighting Boredom

Hiding – the little devil in me

I had too much time on my hands during a workday, as my team decided we had done enough for the day, and I wasn't sure what to do with myself. We were basically told to go and hide until the day was done. I wandered around the school I'm working in and found the … Continue reading Hiding – the little devil in me

Lunchtime

I've taken a summer job that allows me to have some extended breaks in the day. While not ideal for me, as I like to get stuff finished before starting something new, I'm learning to adapt. I've decided to challenge myself to paint some things during my breaks. I have a new watercolour set that … Continue reading Lunchtime

A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

I finished this well over a week ago, but wasn't sure of the sky. I finally moved it out of my studio onto a sunlit wall and I like it... I think. To be honest, I'm often unsure if I stop because something is finished, or if because I have other ideas screaming in my … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

A little good news — Art is everywhere to the curious eye

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/artist-creates-stunning-animal-art-from-seashells-anna-chan/ I have to admit that my greatest moments of bliss are walking in beaches and picking up shells. I can spend hours getting in lost in my imagination while looking at sea shells, sea glass, seaweeds, and whatever small treasures the ride leaves on the sand. I usually imagine these things becoming decorations for … Continue reading A little good news — Art is everywhere to the curious eye

A little good news — about tossed cabbage?

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tokyo-university-research-food-waste-turned-construction-materials/ Who are we kidding here? This is really cool! Using a technology that already existed in the lumber industry to recycle our composting into building materials!!! As an artist and maker space teacher, I would love to get my hands on this stuff and let my students' fertile imaginations run wild with it!

A Day at the Beach – Solving an overworked Sky

The burnt umber outlines really helped me see a new direction for the sky. I wanted the figure to stand as the main focus of the composition, so I needed a muted background to go against the skin. I was not happy with the b blues I had on it previously and felt strongly that … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Solving an overworked Sky

A Day at the Beach – Laying in some colours

It feels like much longer than a week since I added colours to the initial layers as seen in the previous posting. I had started with bolder colours and felt that would be where it was meant to go, but it really wasn't. I started in on adding textures and movement in the sky behind … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Laying in some colours

Getting Surreal with First Graders

I had no doubt this would be a fun one for my kids; they have such a wonderful sense of humour for silly and strange things. I started with some fun vocabulary: weird, wonderful, strange, peculiar, surreal, unusual. We discussed examples and meanings am out to they all contain things that appear out of place. … Continue reading Getting Surreal with First Graders

My First Graders Explore Pop Art

I introduced this one as a follow-up to the graffiti projects they already did. I wanted them to do something personal, instead of copying the example in the video, so I told them to make their names very visible. The key vocabulary that needed to be demonstrated was the difference between block letters and bubble … Continue reading My First Graders Explore Pop Art