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.
I love working with students to see their ideas become a reality. This Koi fish mural was done from the design of a Senior named Lucy, at Ventura County Christian School. Our ideas in our art class were to transform the boring white walls in the cafeteria to a relaxing place for the students to enjoy lunchtime. It was a great project to show how Interior Design can change a place.
The following tile pieces with the children, were done in a summer camp at my Art N' You studio in Camarillo. The smiling faces tell the excitement they had to break the tiles and then rearrange them into a work of art. Our lives are very much like that. Things happen in life and they don't look the same. With the help of the Creator, we can rearrange them into beautiful pieces of art.
I have also attached some murals that I have seen at a variety of places and was inspired by. I love the ocean so I was impressed by these ocean murals. And of course, I had to include some work by my favorite architect Antonio Gaudi and his famous mosaic lizard at the Park Guell! Gaudi's work brings joy to the heart. Amazing what a few pieces of broken tile, glass, and concrete can do for a city!
I have an upcoming Mosaic class July 2 and 3 from 1- 3 pm at my Art N' Studio in Camarillo. $55 includes supplies, students will break their own tile pieces, as well as use, pre-cut pieces to adhere them to either a 12" square or a plywood heart of similar size. Adults can join if they want to get in touch with their inner child! Please bring a drink as we will be working outdoors in the garden patio.
I have been working at Mesa Union School this year and at the end of the year we put a together an ocean mural designing a variety of sea creatures out of clay and using mosaics to add three dimensions to the work. The Principal Dr. Bluestein wanted a variety of marine life found in our local Channel Islands so the students could see what treasures are in our backyard.
This Tri-typh mural has the Ventura Peir incorporated in the school's bulletin board, stretching out to the Channel Islands and a whimsical sailboat. Beneath the pier is a crab and sea-star on the rocks. The next scene is in the kelp bed and has an inquisitive moray eel, prowling leopard shark, and our state fish, a Garabaldi peering out of the kelp. The last scene is a huge breaking wave with a school of fish, a rainbow jellyfish, and a couple of frolicking dolphins. I am very happy the students pictured below gave of their summer break to complete the final placement of tiles to make this mural pop!
Mesa Union Elementary School is very supportive of the arts and has a kiln room in addition to the fine art program and has a variety of murals around the campus. In a time where many of the arts are being cut from the program, the Board of Directors support the Arts! Hooray, this could not have been accomplished without them. Come see this in person surrounding the play area. We are planning a continuation of this mural coming soon in January of 2018!
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The Show goes on till May 19th!
Please take family and friends to see the art pieces at D.A. Davidson & Co., 60 So. California Street, Suite 301, Ventura. This is a private business so hours are only Monday through Friday 10-4pm.
Wow, it was so wonderful to see so many of my students at this fabulous Reception/ Exhibit on March 23, who created such beautiful artwork! They all deserve a round of applause, not just those who won. This sure had to be difficult to select the best for awards! Not all took a prize, so they should not be discouraged. I will blog on what makes a good art piece later this month. It was such a joy to meet many of your families at the event. And of course these happy faces are priceless! Overall, it takes practice and work to succeed, at art and other areas in our life.
This year there were so much more younger participants and they also were quite happy to get gifts as a "Budding Artist!". I was happy to see that those who were about ready to give up on a piece put in more time and it PAID OFF!
Parents are always wondering if their child drawing cartoons is really learning any skills? YES! When your child is drawing and copying what they see, even if it is an anime or another cartoon, they are focusing on their drawing skills. For many young children, drawing something realistic is intimidating and they are afraid of failure. Drawing cartoons puts an animal into a correct perspective, yet they can be silly which takes the edge off of it having to be perfect. So much of their schoolwork revolves around them performing or testing well and this gets translated into a need for "perfectionism" for many young children. And who wants to fail?
I have found that the students in my after-school cartooning classes at St. Mary Magdalen's School love to draw and have fun with drawing many of their favorite characters from current movies, such as "Jungle Book", "Finding Dory", and "The Secret Life of Pets". They are learning how to draw expressions, a variety of animals, create a story, and will gain confidence to draw beyond the "stick figure".
Children's Celebration of the Arts has just celebrated their 25th year of bringing art into the classrooms across Ventura City and hosted an art show at The Olivas Adobe. One piece of artwork is selected from each classroom to be represented at the show. To celebrate our 25th year, CAPS made a video of our program. To sign up for this program, teachers are given a brochure and can select from a variety of visual and kinetic art forms taught by professional artists who share their passion with the children. The variety of the classes are not limited to visual arts, but will even show dance, drumming, and harp playing for the students. For $40, all supplies and teaching materials are brought to the classroom and a complete history and art lesson is given to the students. This beneficial program is made possible by a grant endowment from the city of San Buenaventura. To find out more you can go to:
Over the last 6 years, I have taught several cultural projects including Mexican Tin Art, or "Jolata", Russian lacquer boxes, African Adrinka placemats, Spanish Crests, and Italian Mosaics. It is such a joy to share my love of art with children. I am hoping on my trip to Israel, to present a cultural art project to bring awareness of how many religions here in Israel are working together - those of the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths.
I had the opportunity to teach a group of Girl Scouts a drawing and painting class. Here are some examples of our Zentangle owls. Zentangle is a new type of art, it reminds me very much of the doodling I did many years ago. I was quite happy to see how each of these owls have their own personality. Not every girl finished with the ink pens, but all had a great time. I also tried this with a group of seniors at Alma Via Senior Center and they liked it too!
I was quite happy to see that my art skills have been useful in editing and creating these two videos of two recent dive trips I took to Belize, Central America and here at the Channel Islands. I needed to work with the music, learning how to film with a GoPro, edit, and then compose a video. I selected a piece of music but then I realized that the original pictures did not coincide with the lyrics, so those photos got scrapped and I worked with the song and edited accordingly. My first trip was to The Great Blue Hole in Belize where I enjoyed warm-water diving with wonderful, colorful fish and sea turtles! My second video consists of what is local to me in Ventura County of the California coast. Enjoy without the weights, wetsuit, or water!