October 04, 2022
October 02, 2022
September 30, 2022
September 23, 2022
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
Just go to Dollar Tree and pick up a stuffed animal or doll (or whatever you wish really), and transform it into something spooky! You can add things to it, paint it, combined two different things. The only limitation is your imagination!
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I'M DONE?
Post your finished project (progress pictures with the finished project would be great!) to your social media. Give it the hashtags: #dollartreeterrors #dollartree #artchallenge #octoberartchallenge #artwithmre
September 20, 2022
We have been painting & talking about color, color mixing, blending..etc. I thought it would be fun to try to transfer the ideas into an oil pastel pumpkin. We used paint sticks for the background & oil pastels for the pumpkin. I told them they had to use the background color in the pumpkin as well.
September 18, 2022
As artists we take our life experiences, art experiences, training, and imagination everywhere we go. Anything & Everything can be inspiration for our art. Sketch books, napkins, digital collections fill up with promising concepts for future work! Making art becomes a basic need for existing. However, there can be seasons of our life where we are not creating. It happens: job, family, LIFE! I've heard it said that it is like riding a bike...you just get back on & go. I don't really feel that is true. It is very easy to slip into bad habits, struggling to concentrate, and to becoming easily frustrated when we're out of the artistic habit of creating. I picture the artist like a pond. It has all the makings for life & vibrancy, but with no input or output...it becomes stagnant! It will take time to get yourself back into the swing of things. With discipline and hard work you can once again see the fruits of your labor.
September 15, 2022
Lady Rosinfair (inspired by the Rosinweed)
Lady Rosinfair came to life when a magical princess longed for a friend cast a spell on her favorite flower. They danced together as the breezes blew, shared secrets in the sunlight, and played together in the rain. (based on ideas from second graders at TGE)
September 14, 2022
September 13, 2022
September 12, 2022
Practicum Student Season!!!!
(Yes, Pumpkin Latte Season too!?!?)
I'm very fortunate to live in a city that has a lot of universities!!! I've had 13 student teachers, and countless practicum students. I LOVE IT. I truly enjoy working with the next generation of art educators, and sharing my love(and experience) for the profession with them.
I'm very excited about these two students from MTSU!! They are excited to learn & try new things....and they jumped right in and worked along side students. I'll post there displays/posters/b-boards & their lessons when they get to that point!
September 11, 2022
Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists. Seeing his work in person is almost a religious experience. The color, composition, and texture of his work can hold my gaze for untold amounts of time! Most people know of Van Gogh, and might actually be able to pick his work out of a line up. It has been a favorite for umbrellas, calendars, puzzles, mugs, and other printable items. However, this is what most know about Van Gogh: Beautiful Art, Cut Off His Ear, and Killed Himself. Based off of this knowledge, most people have great pity for the life he lived...and shake their head at the foolish loss.
September 06, 2022
August 31, 2022
August 28, 2022
Have you ever met someone that just don't seem to "GET" art in its various forms? They see a painting...don't "get" it.....and dismiss its worth. They listen to music that is out of their norm.. don't "get" it...and dismiss its worth. Watch a specific type of dance...don't "get" it..and dismiss its worth. There are many things I don't care for, but I am usually able to find something about most art & art forms that I'm able to appreciate. Why is that? I believe that one of the main reasons for this is that I have knowledge, understanding, and experience within the arts. What I bring to an art experience allows me to appreciate works of art even if I don't "get" it. I am able to pull out aspects of the work that connect back to my knowledge/understanding/experience, and I'm able to trust that the artist knew what they were doing or what they were trying to communicate through their work. I'm able to see beyond what I'm seeing (or hearing).
|Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?|
August 25, 2022
August 21, 2022
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.
August 19, 2022
August 17, 2022
August 07, 2022
In the art room, markers are the deceivers, and one of my least favorite classroom supplies! You know what you are getting with a broken crayon or colored pencil that needs sharpened. They are still usable.. With markers you can't really tell till you try to color with them. They look great on the outside, but looks are deceiving. I've had brand new markers color like they were old and dried out & markers that were a couple years old work like new. I test my markers a couple times a year to weed out the bad ones. They take up space in the box, slow down the process, and at times can damage the work by how they mark. No one had time in their life for dried up nasty markers!
July 31, 2022
I had the joy of leading professional development up in Elizabethtown, KY this past week. Even though I had to leave my house at 4:30 am (time zone difference) ha ha. I was there leading PD in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. It was so nice to return, and get to see everyone's face this time around!! We had a jam packed day of art making & conversations.
July 24, 2022
When I tell people I studied watercolor in college, they usually respond with, "Watercolor!? That is really challenging?" I didn't actually think of it like that when I was in school. Everything had challenges that had to be learn & experience. Honestly, I really stuck with watercolor because it was too expense to switch over to oil or acrylic (for my non-Art/Art Ed friends...they require totally different brushes & supplies). I was paying for college myself, and money was a major factor in my choices. I committed to watercolor..no matter the reason. I was going to see it through. However, many people feel watercolor is challenging because you can't really take back the marks you make(not easily at least). With oil you can remove the paint & acrylic you can paint over, but when you paint with watercolor you are making a commitment.
July 17, 2022
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35
July 10, 2022
As an art teacher, I often find myself reminding my students that "GOOD ART TAKES TIME". For some reason, they want to race through their projects to be the first one complete. In the rush to finish, their art work truly suffers. They are messy, incomplete, lacking detail, and not fully developed in concept & composition. I will first tell them to look at their work HONESTLY and see if it is truly their best. If they can see it is not, I will have them go back and fix it up. If they tell me it is their best work, then I will take them through the different parts of their picture that might need their attention. Sometimes during their attempts to complete their work ( the second time), I will hear them complain about something being too hard or that they "can't" do it (reasons why they may have rushed the first time....frustration & lack of confidence). They need to move past the mental blocks of "TOO HARD" & "I CAN'T". They aren't just words, but a mind set that traps young artists. This prevents them from finding joy & success in creating. I can reteach the lesson/concept, work individually with them, and answer questions they might have, but what will benefit them the most is continuing to try their best and being able to work through their frustration. There is an endurance in art that some do not consider. Being an artist is like a marathon runner. Time, practice, and pushing through the frustrations will yield reward.
July 03, 2022
If you spend much time with an artists/art teachers, you will notice something about their hands. They always seem to have evidence of their work on them. I personally do not reserve it for my hands only(unfortunately). My shirts, pants, shoes, face, hair, arms...all tell the story of my work and what I'm investing myself. A good artist or art teacher is often so involved with what they are doing, that they do not pay attention to such things. It is just not a real priority. Their priority is doing what they're passionate about...what they were created to do. Just look at their hands and you will see the evidence.
June 29, 2022
June 19, 2022
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
We are designed for relationships. We are created to be connected. In the Bible, we see again and again how relationship is at the core of God's story for His creation. Many will consider "punching" in & out at a church service to be enough. However, God has called us to more than what "punching" in & out can provide. If we are to spur & encourage one another one, wouldn't we have to have more of a relationship than an hour or two could yield? We must develop relationships that will allow for us to speak into one another's lives. We must create an environment where we can help one another to grow. We must spend time together. Relationships need time. I'm not suggesting a "commune". I'm just saying that we need to be intentional in making time in our life to develop connections/relationships. So often we feel our lives are too busy for such things. Time can be as simple as eating a meal together, going shopping together, or lending a hand helping. Living life together allows for depth to happen. In that depth you can begin to encourage & spur each other on in a way that will grow you closer together & in your relationship with the Lord. The strength that relationships bring to your faith can not be expressed enough. Together we are better.