My forth graders created unreal color landscapes in watercolor last week. This week we are using watercolor pencils to add details, and finish up any "unfinished" areas. They have loved getting to use supplies that just weren't able to use while we were virtual!
February 25, 2021
February 24, 2021
When we returned to in person classes, I decided that we would do ALL THE THINGS!! I was a little more cautious when we returned for 6 weeks in the fall (using supplies I could easily disinfect). So my students had not painted since before the tornado & then pandemic (which is going to be a year ago next week I believe). I was so excited to just give my students supplies they could get messy with & create whatever their hearts desired. Well...that lasted 1 day. I quickly realized my students were out of practice with.....well....a lot of things! I needed to reign our project in a bit, and use it as a stepping stone to be more creative as we got back into the swing of being "in" school.
So we worked on tints & shades creating turtles (my fav. animal).
The students loved it & I remained relatively sane that first week back! ha ha We're starting to get our in person school groove back!!
February 23, 2021
February 21, 2021
Adhesives are tricky. I'm a trained professional and still burn myself with hot glue & stick my fingers together with super glue. Young artists often struggle when using adhesives. They often feel more is better, but that just isn't the case with glue. Too much can lengthen dry time, and cause pieces being attached to a sculpture not to adhere or slip out of place. The opposite can also be an issue. Too little glue can cause work to seemingly attach, only to fall apart with any tension/movement placed upon it. Yes, there is an art to gluing. If you want things stuck together....you will need to learn the proper application of the product and be aware of your part in the process.
stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone/ cancel debt
FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU: (I'll let you think on that one!)
PUT ON LOVE: to make a conscious choice to love God and others
It is easier said than done...I KNOW!! We all have struggle with this at times in our life. I feel what God is calling us to in Colossians 3:13-14 is remember where we once were (and how people had to endure you), what God did to bring us into a personal relationship with him, that everyone is at a different point in their walk with God & grace needs to be extended, and if it isn't easy....choose love anyways!!!
We need to be stuck together with our family of believers....because we are better together.
February 19, 2021
On this episode of SNOW DAYS & MR.E SEWS....
I was in need of some more masks now that we are back in person. Once again...my big head causes issues with "normal" adult sized things (see previous post of my new hat I made). I use two pieces of fabric with a "pocket" to place a filter in between. (I actually place an adult size paper mask as a filter.) I use t-shirt "yarn" that goes around the back of my head & a tie at the base of my neck. Early on in the pandemic I realized the ones that go just around the ears were rubbing my skin raw. All the fabric I purchased at Wal-Mart.
February 17, 2021
We were back to school for a week.....and then BAM!!!!! Snowed in for a week (Middle TN started with ice...about 2 inches of it....then we received about 4 or 5 inches of snow on top!). I realized I did not have a good winter hat so I could go outside with my kids. Hats are an issue with me because I have a HUGE head. No really...I have to buy my hats at www.bigheadcaps.com (awesome company based here in Middle TN!). I used an old sweatshirt to create a hat.
I used the waist band area for the bottom part of my hat. I folded it up once to make it thicker over the ears, and then sewed in an extra layer of sweatshirt material so it was triple thick! I love a "elf" hat style because my students crack up (I finger knitted one years ago that I would wear to bus duty, but don't know what happened to it?!?).
February 14, 2021
A love of color. A passion for design. A deep felt desire to create. Unexplained art supply marks on your skin and clothing?
What is it that defines an artist? Is it someone who can execute beautiful and thought provoking work? Is it someone who makes money from their creations? Is it the pursuit that defines an artist? A person that applies the desire of their heart. A person that seeks out opportunities to not only practice but develop their skills. Someone with a need to express themselves through alternate means.
Maybe you have a heart for art?
A person with a heart for art will consume it (museums, arts & craft stores, books, magazines, YouTube, shows, or whatever other sources they might find). A person with a heart for art will share their passions with others (sometimes even when the other person isn't expecting or wanting it). A person with a heart for art will express in an artistic manner (not limited to only the physical creation of art).
What is your heart for????
I have heard people talk about feeling "distant" from God. I've heard people share that they once had a relationship with the Lord, but they just weren't sure any longer if that was the case. There are many reasons for this. Sin often gets in the way of our relationship with the Lord. Apathy also seems to take our eyes off of God and places them on ourselves. Whatever the reason...there is a need for change. In Jeremiah, we see a "simple" truth. You will seek me and find me if you seek me with all of your heart. What does it mean to seek God with ALL OF YOUR HEART? ALL MEANS ALL! We can not seek out the Lord with a divided heart. His desire is that we give ourselves whole heartedly to pursuing him. So often we hold on to things for comfort, security, selfish ambition, and a host of other reasons. This keeps ups from seeking God with all that we are....because we are trying to make our own way.
February 11, 2021
While we were virtual, I was working on a mural in the entrance of our school. We are using the Ron Clark house system...so that was the color inspiration for the mural. The design I created after researching "Mod Art". I really just wanted something bright & fun. The kids have LOVED it (we returned "in person" classes this past week).
February 08, 2021
February 07, 2021
Over the years I've had many students question why we have to study art and artists of the past & present. They are sure that there is nothing they will gain from it that will impact what they are doing currently. They just want to make art. In time, most will come to realize that it does matter. They see the ever changing purpose, styles, materials, and themes. Through that insight they will see a place for themselves. They will draw inspiration. They will find their own boldness in the risks taken in the past. They will see their own struggles in the struggles of great artists that have come before them. This and so many more reasons is why it matters.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
February 05, 2021
February 01, 2021
January 31, 2021
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
January 29, 2021
January 25, 2021
January 24, 2021
Scissors, box cutters, paper cutters, X-Acto Knives, rotary cutters...art people are all about the sharp things! They are essential for creating so many works of art. However, they often are a "supporting" player. They get used, abused, and aren't considered until they no longer do (or do well) what they were designed to do. I've had blades dull, rust, develop build up, bend, and break. I'll get so frustrated when "they" ruin paper, destroy a mat, or hack a piece of fabric to bits. However, was it really the cutting tool's fault for the issue? Not at all. If I clean, sharpen, store properly, and replace when necessary, there won't be an issue. I have to take responsibility, and look out for my tools. If I don't take care of them...they will not be able to take care of the jobs I have for them.
January 23, 2021
January 18, 2021
January 17, 2021
Have you ever used a marker, crayon, or oil pastels and had an unexpected color/mark appear? These materials can often "pick up" color from use, misuse, and abuse. I always warn my student not to color marker over top of marker. This can cause a transfer of color onto the tip of the marker that may have unappealing results for whoever uses that color next. Crayons and oil pastels can easily pick up the "crumbs" of other colors while in use or storage. Just being together in a box is enough to cause a transfer of colors on to each other. If you are not careful, these seemingly harmless acts can affect a work of art.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:30
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
January 15, 2021
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January 10, 2021
As artists, we are influenced by a multitude of external sources. We may take from our family, community, affiliations, education, interests, emotions, attitudes, entertainment, travels, or even other artists/artwork. Not that we simply regurgitate those influences, but more so synthesize the information gathered through our own internal processes to produce works of art. Often influences manifest themselves in style, content, and/or meaning.
Van Gogh's fascination with Japanese art is extremely evident in many of his paintings. Carmen Lomas Garza's work centers on her own family, community, and culture. We see examples across time & place of movements in art, geographical proximity, and cultural changes impacting multiple artists in similar fashions. As much as we would like to think of ourselves as completely unique/original, we are impacted by our life & experiences.
January 06, 2021
As a "THANK YOU" for participating in a recent Webinar with Crayola, they sent me several products to try out. I received their Crayola creatED series! I have three children (ages 6, 9, and 11) are the target ages to try out these boxes by Crayola. For our first project I had them work together using the lesson found in the pre-K - 2nd box.
January 04, 2021
January 03, 2021
Are you in an artistic rut? Are you bored or frustrated with yourself for doing the same thing over and over? Maybe you are comfortable with a medium, set of colors, style, or subject matter. Sometimes when we become comfortable we fear trying new things because we don't want to become uncomfortable. We fear not being successful. We fear being misunderstood. We fear the struggle. We fear starting over. These fears may be very real, but we should not let them keep us in the rut we find ourselves. Change is a natural part of the artistic journey. Picasso didn't pop out the Picasso you might think of artistically. In fact, the work you might closely associate with Picasso...I may not. He grew, developed...CHANGED! He wasn't afraid to try new things. Because of this, his body of work is prolific, interesting, and diverse. If he would have been unwilling to change, I doubt we would think of his impact on the art world the same way.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43: 18-19
Change has never been easy. We see here in Isaiah a reminder to God's people that they need to leave behind the things of the past. The writer is reminding them that God is "doing a new thing!" Do you ever find yourself clinging to the past? I COULD NEVER DO THAT. I'VE NEVER DONE THAT. I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH. SOMEONE ELSE WOULD DO BETTER THAN I COULD. I'VE TRIED AND DIDN'T DO A GOOD JOB. We look to our past/past experiences/lack there of experiences to move forward....or not. God is calling you out of what was into what is in Him. Our life of faith is all about change. We don't need to fear being uncomfortable, unsuccessful, misunderstood, or the struggle. God is with us as we face change. He desires us to trust Him. What change(s) are you having trouble trusting God with in your life?