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Versatile Blogger Award

Rule #1: Thank the person who gave you your award.                 Thanks to Mini Matisse for giving me this AWARD.  Wooh!  I feel so special.  I didn’t know anyone had actually been reading seriously.  Her blog has lots of great art lesson plans too. Rule #2: Share 7 things about yourself                     1.  I have been married since 2006 to my wonderful husband Andrew, who is a radio news reporter.  We met in college in Illinois.                    2.  We have a 10 1/2 month … Read more…

Pinecone Crafts

At our church garage sale I picked up a large bag of pine cones for $2.  I suppose I could have found pine cones on the ground, but hey, they were all in a bag right in front of me already.  So, what to do with all of them?  I’m looking for ideas on the internet.  I want to find something to make with the kids at school.   Little Miss Pine cones found here. Painting a Pinecone found here … Read more…

Creativity Exercise

I’m going to have some of my students do a creativity exercise on the first day of school to get their juices flowing.  Creativity TestDirections:  Use your imagination to invent something that we could add to the school.  It could be something real, made-up, unbelievable or something that we could actually add to our school.  It could be added to the inside or outside of the school grounds.  It could be decorative or functional.  Draw a very detailed picture of … Read more…

Clay Figures

So, you may remember that I made a couple clay figures as demos for a kids’ clay class that I taught.  I painted the girl and put her in a chair that I had.  This is a chair made of sticks that my neighbor made.  He nails them together and ties them with some sort of twine to hold them together.   With the other guy, I painted him, and put him in a box.  The box I had bought … Read more…

Making Pendants

Making jewelry is one of the hobbies I enjoy.  When people ask me what kind of art I do on my own, I have a hard time saying what I do… I love photography, jewelry making, collages, drawing, watercolor, clay.  I dabble in a little bit of everything.  So, my mother-in-law and I went to a craft show in Madison this weekend and we want to start selling some crafts.  She is thinking about sewing some kids’ capes for boys … Read more…

Weaving Camp Part 6

3rd graders’ burlap weaving with feathers Burlap weaving made by 4 year old Weaving on BurlapWeaving camp has been over for a couple of months now and I’m finally getting around to updating the last of the lessons I taught for the camp.  Just a refresher, the weaving camp was for kids going into kindergarten to about 3rd grade.  Each day focused on a different type of weaving and kids could sign up for one day or all of the … Read more…

Collages I made for the baby nursery

Duck Collage #2, 2009 I thought I would post some pictures of collages I made a year ago for my soon to be born baby girl, Daria.  We were trying to think of a theme for the baby’s room and I wanted something slightly neutral in case we ever had another kid and it turned out to be a boy.  Or, in case these ultrasounds were wrong and it turned out we were having a boy.  One of my coworkers … Read more…

Really Cool Drawing Site

While reading Mini Matisse’s Blog I learned about this really cool online drawing program that allows you to draw with different types of marks:  fur, webbed, squares, ribbon, sketchy and others.  I’m in love with how it looks!  I have an idea to draw using this program, then print them out, add color with paints or colored pencils and then incorporate them into a mixed media collage. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it appears once … Read more…

Cute Artsy Baby Blog

This blog shows pictures of a baby on top of towels arranged in an artful scene.  They are so adorable!! These pictures are gorgeous, but they make me mad for two reasons. 1.  My baby NEVER slept peacefully like that for the first 3 1/2 months.  Like NEVER.  I would always have to hold her in a sling or sleep with her in order to keep her sleeping.  Even when she fell asleep and we gently transferred her to a … Read more…

Sunflower Prettiness

  Wagon of Sunflowers, July 2010 This photograph I took at the Farmer’s Market in Madison.  This wagon was just sitting there unattended while the owner went to go purchase some more vegetables.  It just is a nice symbol of Madison.

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