My sister is the art teacher at the elementary school St. Therese in Aurora. She began painting a mural of Guadalupe with her students who graduated yesterday. I spent the day painting with her and was completely happy to not only be painting but to be with my sister. It was further a delight to be in a small and happy school with enthusiastic students, and it was surreal to be standing in the halls where my parents went to grade school. The building hasn't changed too much since then, and I felt a definite connection to the past. I might be able to paint another day next week in an attempt to finish the project before the end of the year. I feel privileged to be a part of this project. Thanks Lisa!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I remade a carnival game for Abe 's school fundraiser. The base is styrofoam and the carnival chair preferred a more durable surface. So I consulted my creative department, brothers Nick and Jeff, and they recommended doing paper mache over the surface. I did two layers, then gesso, paint, and finally shellac. The game will have for treasure chests on the x's. Sometimes it's fun to have a challenge that's outside your normal making and doing.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Ever since, I've wanted to recreate this scarf, but my lack of knowledge and skills has hindered my efforts. I'm afraid this project may become my white whale, and if that is the case, please bury me in my failed attempts.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
These pillows turn out great every time. Kids love to give their drawings and paintings a good squeeze. I don't know if it is detectable here, but this batch is a bit smaller in dimension and together with their crimped edges they make me think of postage stamps which I think would be another idea for this project. I can imagine older kids drawing portraits of famous people, painting them, and sewing them up. Oh whimsy . . .
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
|I love this mermaid|
I think the colors look great. We have two more to use. This whole project reminds me of a similar exercise in middle school geography where we had to color in a map using four colors--the minimum required so that no two of the same color touch. Anyone else remember something like this?
Monday, May 12, 2014
We worked on lots of fun projects today including painting our pillows, painting some bugs which we will do more with next week, and making rain pictures. I loved seeing the kids get messy today, and I can totally relate to their affinity for a rainbow of paint. Painting days are always fun. I was especially impressed with students who took the projects beyond my conception. That's the best!
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
|Wall of Art--or---Kitchen Gallery|
It's been awhile since I've posted but not because there haven't been things to post. At risk of sounding like a broken record, it's been one of the "going in lots of directions" kind of times. I think with school wrapping up for my kids, preparing to spend the summer abroad, and getting ready to start school myself in the fall, things are piling up like the varied items in a Dagwood. And while my list continues to grow, I've been feeling an overwhelming compulsion to get things in order at home first. I need to de-clutter, makeover, renew, etc. In addition, I've finally gotten around to packing away the winter which I hope won't return for a few months. It feels good to have a freshly arranged studio space complete with a new desk which I hope to mess up shortly, and I'm in the process of organizing a study corner in our bedroom for Pat and I to do work and school work.
On the teaching front, we finished our mono-print books, glazed, and began a collaborative mural. I thought these books turned out great. One student told me his prints were of tornadoes. I love it!
And, you're not going to want to miss the next big project to come out of the Art in the Classroom committee. I'll be documenting our process of painting the map of the US on our school's blacktop. First step--cleaning! We scrubbed the pavement with dish detergent, water, and lots of elbow grease. Faith was clever enough to make a game of it employing the vim and vigor of our children and some others we met on the playground. Brilliant!
|Accordion Books with mono prints|
|Tornado print second from right|
|Scrubbing the deck--or pavement|
|new desk and work space|