30 Sep

Kindergarten solar system

The kids made 2 great solar systems. It’s so nice to see kids create in their free way. I’m learning how to give the kids just the right amount of guidance – which is hard work. I have a new respect for the wonderful art teachers who guided me.

There are 20 kids in class; each kid made one planet (2 kids worked together on the sun) and together they made 2 solar systems.  These kids worked so hard to make their painting of their planet look like the photo. You can see how blue Neptune is, and how orange Mars is, and the stripes on Jupiter. This project was a world-wind to complete in 1/2 an hour. I learned so much about the solar system in preparation for this – the most helpful web sites I found are listed below. And I learned a lot about what it means to manage a classroom of creative beings.

http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/ – photo of all the planets

http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/ –  dimensions for planets

http://www.astrosociety.org/samplers/6_POCKET_SOLAR_SYSTEM.mov – short movie and project that puts the relative sizes and distances in the solar system in perspective.

http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Solar – where the planets are now

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/solar-system-art-projecthome-h-107908    – great looking sun in a kindergarten solar system project



26 Sep

Portrait artist paints Cooing – painting of mom carrying baby

Cooing / 5 x 7 inches / available on my paintings of people page /a portrait of you and your baby 

This is the first painting I’ve finished in some time and I’m really excited to have finished. This is painted from a photo, and is part of my Mom Loving series. I’m saving it for my first Midwestern show in South Dakota.

I’ve painted this woman once before – Baby Carrier, in Watercolor Paintings – and she makes a beautiful model.

If you’re interested in commissions, or want to learn more about the Mom Loving series, please email me.


21 Sep

Kindergarten art class

I’m teaching a Kindergarten art class now. it’s just as fun as it sounds. For the first class the kids drew an animal with a pen and then colored it with oil pastels. The animals were fabulous, and every kid has a distinct style.

For the second class the kids did an experiment with mixing primary colored paints together to get secondary colors. Then the kids did a bunch of stamping – they had small plates with 2 primary colors on each to use for stamping.

Now I’m getting ready for week 3 – a solar system project. Each week the projects are requiring more prep. But I love what the kids are making and can’t wait to see more. The camera-photo doesn’t do the pictures justice. I’ll try again on Monday with the camera before I take them down…