Monday, March 30, 2009
This book is not only for parents, but teachers and grandparents. Its premise is that we all and especially parents, with aid from grandparents, need to teach and nurture creative thinking. The book addresses how to determine a child's strengths and then has ideas, exercises, and experiments to cultivate them. This book is worth much more than its $14.95 selling price. For more information visit New World Kids. From the web-site, be sure to link to the blog that has additional information and resources.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
More interesting rock formations with subtler colors were close by.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
These small violet flowers were all along both sides of the road. I kept making Ali stop to take more pictures, especially because violet is my favorite color.
Ali has always put the pictures we have taken on our journeys into slide shows. We have over 65 carousels of slides. Last year, he went digital. He combines our photos with text and music to make wonderful displays of our travels. Check out the title slide he made for this trip using three of the photos I took.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The festivities began with Will presenting a wonderful description of the workshops we taught, both of which were sponsored by Young Audiences of Santa Cruz County (YASSC). Their "mission is to help make the arts an essential part of young people's education." This is only ONE of the many educational and cultural opportunities they provide to the children of Santa Cruz County.
Below are the displays of my second and third grade students' mask wall hangings, depicting persona that represented on the of the six characteristics we should all strive to portray: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Next to each wall hanging was a artist/title card with the colorful names of their creations:
- The Peaceful Puppy
- The Dragon of Trustworthiness
- The Respectful Pig
- Horse of Honesty
- Iron Man, Who Cares About Other People
- Peaceful Sun and ‘Colorful Heart of Respect
The last picture is some of the audience at the showcase. The front row is the kindergarten class. They were very quiet and serious during the presentations. Afterwards, many of them hugged me and said they would miss me. I will miss them also. They were all very special.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The background is actually violet; but, for some reason it came out blue in this photo. Do you think it needs any more flowers?
Tomorrow is my last day as an artist in residence (AIR) at the Little Red School. The other AIR, Will Clipman, and I are hosting a showcase of our students' work tomorrow at 2:00 PM. I will post pictures next week, because DH Ali (short for Alarich) is taking me to Death Valley to see the desert in bloom. He only promised to do this 33 years ago. Better late, than never!!! We leave Saturday morning. I am sure to get a lot of inspiration photos for more Desert Beauties.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Artist Statement for Fear of Others:
Fear of Others causes fault lines between races, religions, countries, etc. When faced with fears erupting from UNKNOWN differences, physical and emotional boundaries are erected in the form of fences, camps, gated communities, and barrios, which violate the openness upon which this country was founded. Why do we not, instead, learn about and celebrate these distinctive differences?
Artist Statement for Fault Lines:
Having lived in California most of my life, I have experienced the forces along fault lines which alter patterns in the landscape both vertically and laterally. Fault Lines was created to explore the unexpected patterns that result when a richly decorated piece of cloth is ripped apart and partially mended with the strips shifted up and down from their original positions.
I have also spent time since September on fulfilling my dream of having my own teaching studio. I believe the first step is to teaching fiber arts on a regular basis. This will enable me to achieve my goal of encouraging students of any age to learn to develop their creativity in a supportive atmosphere by giving them the knowledge and tools to express their thoughts/feelings or to tell a story.
Consequently, in January I gave a lecture on Art Cloth at Tubac Center of the Arts which initiated a series of workshops at several different venues in the Tucson area. I have taught the following courses since the beginning of February:
- Landscape Quilting
- Silk Paper Wall Hanging
- Introduction to Art Cloth using fabric paints
- Creating Stamps and Stencils for Art Cloth
Also in February, I started an artist in residence at the Little Red School just outside of Nogales, AZ. I have five hours with each of four classes; kindergarten through third grade. The kindergarten and first graders are making fabric belts and the second and third graders are creating fabric wall hangings of masks of persona who exhibit one or more of the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
Another artist in residence, Will Clipman, is working with older students. They will be creating actual masks and writing poems about their persona. Will is also a musician whose work has been nominated for a Grammies many times. The kids are wonderful and they have been very creative. On Friday, March 13, 2009, Will and my students will have a showcase of their work.