This summer these students took their art to the Next Level! And they fell in love with their paintings! They already knew how to draw, so they went on to tackle the beast of mixing colors. We first began the course by creating a color wheel so they could see how colors were made. Then, really observing their animal, they had to decide where to place the shades first. By understanding your darkest darks on your object you can gauge the lights and mediums. Once that is in place, the artist looks at the highlight areas: areas where the sun is hitting their object. We first started with a still life so by using simple shapes we could understand darks do not have to be black! After that exercise, we moved on to animals of their choices. Here are their results. . . they were pleasantly surprised even if they felt it might be too hard. SECRET: To tackle the fur and the palm tree fronds we used a special brush so you don't have to paint every hair or leaf.
You can imagine the surprise on these two young artists as they came for a nice evening out to see their artwork on the wall and enjoy dinner in Ventura. Both Syna and her brother Aayan went to the art show and walked away with a ribbon and cash award's! Now that's encouragement to keep on doing well in art class! Many of my other students took ribbons as well in pastels and in mixed media. You can see many of their art pieces and the talented art they are creating. Thank you to D.A. Davidson Investments in Ventura for making this possible to showcase the art in Ventura County.
It always feels like Christmas when you open the kiln after a glaze firing, so much anticipation and sparkle from the colors. You never know exactly how the pieces will look, if the student added enough glaze coats, or if they added something you didn't quite see them do.
Working with clay is very therapeutic as well as something that is rarely taught anymore because of the "mess". Most children and adults like to create in 3D, they just need some help to get their imagination come to reality. I am fortunate to have a large kiln at Mesa Union School to help students create whimsical owls, pinch pot flower bowls, slab dogs, handprints for Kindergarteners, pinch pot sea turtles, and of course I had to make a test coil plaque for my mother for Mother's Day!
This summer I will be teaching a clay class with a friend Terry who has also worked with clay for a number of years. We have a variety of projects in mind including the crazy boxes that come out unique to each child. And of course, you need to at least try your hand at coils. These take some time to get even pressure on the clay snake.
The summer clay class is June 25 - 29th 9:30 am - NOON $185 includes all supplies and you won't have to worry about the mess!
I just finished an art enrichment program at Cam Heights Elementary School bringing a variety of projects to help these 4th and 5th graders learn about art history, various artists like Klimt, Georgia O' Keeffe, and create great pieces of art. It has been a delight to see students accomplish goals in art, express their creativity, as well as learn about real artists. I still have to help students learn art terms as most teachers refer to a landscape direction of paper as "hotdog" and "portrait" as "hamburger", UGGH. It reminds me when I heard kids talking about Michaelangelo and Donatello, just to find out it was regarding ninja turtles and not the real artists!!!
I also am able to help students from a professional eye, adust a picture to make it more appealing with the use of either complementary colors or how to fine tune a picture with a stroke or two of a line. And many students do not know how to use brushes, as they don't get to paint much in schools. So these students learn the difference between watercolor and tempera/ or acrylic brushes, how to properly clean and store them, and how proper tools are used.
Many of the pieces of art you see now will be on display at the school's art show held yearly at Studio Channel Islands Art Gallery this coming February.
I am seeing how art is helping Seniors in the Assisted Living and in Memory Care Facility here at Alma Via in Camarillo. I have also learned it is not the product that is important but the process of enjoying creations and expressing yourself. Many of the residents have limited dexterity, but enjoy creating pieces that are broken down simply. This helps them engage their minds and stay focused. They also enjoy the fellowship creating within a group and the dialogue and exchange of ideas, but don't we all learn and are inspired by others in a community. Some projects are just for the fun, and other times I like to work with my art therapy training to focus on a theme to help them process emotions. Especially as we are approach Thanksgiving, it is nice to have something that reminds us of the positive things in life. It is easy to slip into negativity when your mind is slipping, and the body isn't moving like it did at 40, but to focus on thankfulness brings health to our minds and bodies. We really have a lot to be Thankful for our friends, family, community, and needs met at a great facility like Alma Via Senior Living Home.
I was quite surprised after my summer Fashion Design class when students told me how much they enjoyed learning to sew. They wanted to have more sewing classes, so I took them up on that and this Fall I offered a sewing class that was FULL and had a WAITLIST! Here are some of the projects we worked on. I am looking forward to sharing my sewing skills with another group of girls soon!
These girls had no prior sewing skills and learned how to operate their own machine, practice how to control the pressure, follow a line, and make a bobbin. We redesigned a T-shirt and then we made emoji pillows. We started some snakes from old socks but we will need another class to complete them, if they did not finish them on their own.
If you are interested in a sewing class for your daughter call me at 805 443-1555 for the next available class. Students must have their own sewing machines.