Today started out strange with a schedule change to a different weekday for my K-6 kids, then they started making wonderful art!
This is the beginning of our sculpting unit; Kindergarten and 1st grade created animals from play doh and then drew their animals, 2nd grade added spacers to their fruit cutouts to add dimension to their fruit bowl painted collages, 3rd through sixth did cardboard sculptures of animals, insects with exoskeletons, and birds. In art club after school, a 7th grader reimagined two discarded canvases into her own creations (student names redacted for privacy; please do not reprint without permission) .
Next week we will be painting our sculptures and finishing up the 6th grade screen prints from last week.
I love, love, love watching these guys and girls turn a demo, some pointers, and a few prompts into works of art!
Clean waters make for a healthy environment. Conservation lessons trickled down to kids putting their favorite sea creatures on the wall and thanking God for the responsibility to take care of them.
We love living close to nature, and everyone is learning how to keep trash (especially plastic) out of the waterways.
These last few weeks have been a STEAM-y mix of science, community responsibility, and art. We also learned about how drawings on a basic shape or stick figure are like sculptures on armatures and shaped fillers. Composition became a key lesson when choosing from hundreds of student submissions. The winning design of a lively coral reef was chalked on the wall by a second grader whose parents scuba dive.
I think these events are a great for the community and encourage children (and adult) imaginations. This ocean theme was my favorite booth setup this year there were very imaginative corals. I helped at this one, and when the candy ran out my son and I made balloon fish from the sea anemones.
With a community art show and an ocean mural project this month, the entire school is excited about art. This inspired one generous benefactor to donate a hoard of foam egg cartons. I am now test crafting ways to use them in the classroom. I prefer to reduce, and reuse foam and plastic products, although they often accumulate more plentifully than we can repurpose them. These crafts are a good way to build 3D art thinking skills. We also like layering, pop ups, and puff paints to get away from flat paper while still being easy to store.
This week pairs of cups are hot glued to paper plates as fish eyes. Maybe you need eyes for something else, and the paperboard backing makes them friendlier to kid glues. I used the end of a glue stick dipped in acrylic paint to dot the pupils.
Some other ideas I have tried are crab claws and side legs, turtles, two types of flowers (daisy, rose), but I used hot glue because white glue did not holdthe slick foam.
I get a little feeling of joy that my son cooks and holds his cutting board like an artist’s palette.
While we mourn our friend Daniel (5/21/2000-10/10/2016) -forever 16- my son and I also treasure this day we have with each other. Please pray with us for Daniel’s mom and dad, sisters, and many others blessed to be loved by him.
This is the sunshine my teen son and I enjoyed together today.
I have had a period of sickness, and even after it passed it left some weakness behind. This has given me more opportunity to listen to books and consider how to apply the learning. This week the book was Second Samuel of the Bible.
When I am strong I sometimes put too much faith in my own power, but I really have everything by the grace of God. I called my mother, who is weak from muscular dystrophy, to remember humility and to add compassion to my prayers.
Thank you to the many friends who prayed for us in Florida during Hurricane Hermine. Special thanks to Gallivana of silkannthreades.wordpress.com for her peaceful words during our night watches.
Today all of my local friends who had not been flooded or dealing with tree fall went out to assist those who were burdened. We are grateful to be spared, and blessed to be able to help. More crews are assembling to families in need after church.
This is where we went today after the waters receded enough to go in. Please continue to pray for the displaced and homeless in the storm paths (Baton Rouge, Louisiana also comes to mind.).
I have a busy head, and note taking with doodles helps keep me engaged. I also create along with www.RebekahRJones.com and try new materials and techniques in my art journals, with variations.
These notes are for listening and make it easy for me to recall the key points I learned, so they are not as pretty as the work I plan out and carefully paint. Also, not everything I note down is an exact quote of the speakers, so I will link to their sites and podcasts whenever possible. Here are two weeks of notes from Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church.
The next World Shorebirds Day is upon us and as usual we are organising the more and more popular Global Shorebird Counting Program for the third time. The previous events turned to be extremely popular and we have been blown away by the response we got. This year’s Global Shorebird Counting will take place between 2-6 September 2016 at any part of the world. There have been a lot of misunderstanding in the terminology, ‘shorebird‘. Shorebirds are not only the speedy sandpipers feeding along the sea shores. Shorebirds are literally everywhere in the world. Of course we have plenty of extensive coastal mudflats which hold tens of thousands of migrating shorebirds but we also have other habitats suitable for shorebirds or waders. Go counting on a braided river bed in New Zealand, a drained fishpond in Hungary, a salt pans in Spain, grassland in California, a mountain plateau…
I just used up all the pages in another sketchbook. I keep telling my students how important it is to practice. Some of them have such a joy in doing it, they need no reminders. I hope most of the others will catch the spirit of creativity and let it refresh their free time, no matter where life takes them.
One of the meditative activities I do is Bible art journaling, except I do it in my devotions notebook instead of my Bible. I use the borders in my Bible for some pictures and notes, but I do not want to cover up any of the actual scriptures. And I doodle a lot to work on ideas that may or may not make it into my paintings. My sketchbook never judges, and my mistakes are valuable learning experiences.
A fresh pack of new school pencils, chalk, a box of unbroken crayons, sketchbooks and notebooks full of clean paper – and a new year has begun. At open house children who had been doodling through the presentation proudly approached me afterwards with their art. Again I am blessed to be an art teacher. It is the best job in the world.
Even so, I enjoyed the last of the vacation with some 2 minute figure drawings and a few 30 minute paint sketches.o
Bonus: A few glimpses at the chiaroscuro by fellow artists, Don and Rich in Ocala.
Here at Visual Fling, I have made a friend close to my heart, but across the world. Over the years Gallivana has shared her gardens, family memories, and musings, and collected my art. I am deeply honored. Please enjoy a “gallery walk” through her home.
I have an artist- in – residence? Do you? As a way of bringing a lighter, brighter look to my house, I have let her creative spirit have free rein in my domain. There are new paintings ever…
I have been using my summer break to work on figures and portraits. A few pictures here are by my friends at art club, gifts because my son was the model today and twenty days ago. I can see the improvement from my recent paintings, top two, and my earlier attempts.
I have time to paint, and time to tutor, and time to paint again. I may have to get up early to read more philosophers for my Ethics class, but obviously that is not something I do when I am tired. When I paint, I don’t get tired until I am done. Anyway, here is a collection of recent paint exercises up to today. Have a colorful life.
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