teaching art…

Here’s what I’ve learned teaching children the fun of art.

Everyone loves art,

Be it a song or paint, art keeps no one apart.

I’m an artist and there’s no one that paints like me.

BUT together we really did create a masterpiece.

Everyone needs a safe place.

There’s so much your eyes shouldn’t see, too many you shoulds or can’ts to erase.

Picking up the brush leads to forgetting, forgetting the paint brush and using your thumb.

Or opting out of water while using watercolor, oh the textures and the trees leave my voice numb.

I have to keep creating…my books…my words…. it’s as obvious as the nose on my face.

I suppose I will and must protect this happy place.

There’ll be ups and downs, lots of downs but through it all ,I shall cling tight because I hold the Ace of Spades.

Room 12 you forever have my heart.

Doodles

Yes these groovy glasses

are cute and perfect for the stop reading page.

This tree has to happen. Yeah these are much more interesting to look at.

Oh I can use Audrina’s dry brush technique to create he tree.

This book is going to be awesome.

We had fun

No words can express how I feel.

This picture sums it up quite well.

We had fun.

Watching you paint felt like warmth from the sun.

What I’ll remember the most is how you painted.

How you created, with all the confidence in the world.

Remember that you are an artist in every sense of the word.

Art is original, it can change us and make us smile,

just like a song you get in your head for a looong while.

Keep on creating because the world is waiting.

Eric Carle Part 2

It amazes me what theses kids painted.

Lovely textures were created.

Friendships were mended

The fun never ended.

Could these kids build their confidence.

Their smiling, laughing, expressing themselves… YES it makes sense.

Perhaps I’ll write a book about this experience.

Everyone is an artist, I’ll call it.

Oh my heart is lit!

I’ve already got the collage skills for we are one.

My creativity can’t be undone.

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Eric Carle Collage Art

It’s amazing what a group of students can do with a little water, paper, watercolor paint and a paint brush.

First step is to create awesome textures…

Mission accomplished!

I ‘ll never forget the lessons I learned. The biggest is that painting, creating and encouraging others to embrace their masterpiece is… my world.

Live your story is all about embracing your style, tapping into that artist within. AND that’s what painting with these kids has been about.

I sure do feel like anything is possible…

the right color…

these days it’s blues and greens. I do bask in the glory of nature. I know there’ll be a few trees in the book…

What happended to this trunk? At a second glance, I can see the inspiration from all the unusually beautiful trees I’ve been collecting on pinterest. Yeah I like it.

The next step is to work on all of my blues and build the right color scheme.

Color you have my heart

Curiosity, imagination and paint, with you I shall never part

Pink and gray, will you work together?

Yes, oh I could do this forever.

Blue, pink and green, with every stroke you literaaly check my BLUES

I’ll create. I ‘ll CREATE

I have the power. I’ll show ’em this is my fate.

…there are no impossibilities

let the painting begin…

Thinking map is done.

Many of the sketches are done.

 

Color scheme is almost figured out. I’ve got two weeks to make the deadline. Will I make it? Should I make it?

I don’t know, I’m taking my time.

Letting all those ideas and words work out fine.

This live your story poem is good.

Breeze, you tell me I got the skills, the talent…yeah its understood.

I am a writer

With you lizard brain I am a fighter.

 

Ha this whole Muhammad Ali rhyming thing is so cool! People are lovin’ my live your love story poem. Some are already waiting for the book to come out. Good things are happening….there’s no impossibilities.

Who Cares?

I do love Paul McCartney’s new song. The biggest lesson I learned this year is who cares.

I love my letters. I love my drawings. I enjoy my art. Sure I need to go back to hand lettering. I love color. I should keep mixing. Isn’t that the point. I could be in this place of curiosity and explore!

Or I could doubt. Why would I ever do that. I have lots more projects to paint.

…to be contiuned

Better Days

It’s always a better day when I paint. 

Seriously, I tried doing something I’m not good at. I was trying too hard. Then I sat on a Friday night and repainted.  

Oh goodness…

much better

I did include hand lettering on my to-do list.


-there are no impossibilities 

Made a Mess

The more I look at it the uglier it gets

Sometimes ugly art happens but I will give it one more try. Yeah cover the whole thing up with some tempera paint  and add some flowers. 

Now that I think of it, I’m tired. I’ve been working on my three books for along time. It’s been intense. 

-there are no impossibilities