Monday, April 20, 2009

Read, Write & Spread It!

Nice Quotes from the documentary: Class Act, about the importance of art education. You can check out the documentary at type in Class Act, it’ll come up. I highly recommend it.

But for now, let’s just muse about teachers and the arts… Read these quotes but then take a minute to respond with who your favorite or most memorable teacher was, which teacher was most important, why? How did they change your life…

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” –BB King

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” –Albert Einstein

“We need to reconnect the sense with the mind and that’s what art education is about; it is about cultivating the capacity to notice what is subtle but significant.” –Dr. Elliot W. Eisner

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss

“No matter what you decide in your life to do, you’re always an artist.” –Jay W. Jensen

“The teaching artist is someone who could do nothing else but this. It is an artist that is aware that art is about social responsibility; that art is about connecting people.” –Jason Duchin

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” –Twyla Tharp

“Where would any of us be today without teachers?” –Jay W. Jensen

What teachers are you grateful for?

I’ve been lucky to have some great teachers throughout my life, but I’ve had a few that have really opened my eyes to the arts and myself.

*I wouldn’t be where I am today without Mr. Mellow, my high school art teacher who’s tough love approach matched my stubbornness. And who’s giving nature and ability to present me with new mediums and materials on a regular basis, fed my endless curiosity. He pushed for me to go to art school.

*Jason Bagatta, the first teacher I had, on my first day of college classes at Chester, I continued to have him for almost every semester I attended and learned immensely about arts and life from him and his classes.

*Jeffrey Carson, at the Aegean Center for Fine Arts, the English guy, the History Guy, the Writer Guy, there wasn’t anything this man didn’t know about and couldn’t make a dirty joke to go along with. This man is a quote factory and has lead quite an interesting life.

*Jay Bordage: he opened my eyes to film and I could have taken his class a hundred times and still learned something new. I'll never forget the day I saw *his* work for the first time and felt truly privileged to be learning under him.

Of course, there are many others, I can applaud Chester College and The Aegean Center for being full of wonderful teachers and incredible artists. So I’m lucky…

Who is your favorite teacher and why?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Egg Art

Let's have an Easter Egg challenge! See just how creative you can get with the beautiful little white surface.

I made two red ones in honor of "Greekster" (Greek Easter) because they dye all their eggs red.

Maybe after you've all made your Egg Creations, taken pictures and shown your Egg Pride you could try this Greek Easter Egg Game. (I played it in Greece at Easter time.) Here's how it goes:

Cracking Eggs

In Greek culture, eggs are usually dyed on the Thursday before Easter. This particular Thursday is called Red Thursday, or Kokini Pempti. Nothing is done on Good Friday. No one works or cooks. You basically act as though someone in your own family has died.

So you've got your eggs, it's Easter Sunday, and you're rearin' to go. Here's what you'll need to know:

* It takes two to crack eggs properly.
* First, you and your partner must chose your eggs. you want an egg that seems as though it would hold up to a good beating.
* Hold your egg in your fist as though your fist were an egg cup.
* You will want to chose which side you want facing up first.
* Tops will smash tops and bottoms will smash bottoms.
* All actions are done vertically.
* Next, decide who will try to smash the other's egg first.
* It is very important to attack your partners egg head on, otherwise it is considered cheating.
* If you have succeeded in cracking your partner's without cracking your own, you get the next hit. (If you started tops, bottoms are next).
* If no one's egg has cracked, your partner gets a try.
* The winner is the one with the least damage.
* The top winner is the one who's egg has withstood it all. Unless of course you are really wanting to eat your egg, because you can't crack it on your own unless it's the very last egg left!.
* Remember to have fun.

We'd even make wishes before beginning battle and the one to win, had their wish come true!

Share your egg fun! Get creative! And Smile!

*Did you know? -- A great way to color your eggs red is by cooking them in red


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lavender Octopi On The Loose!

These guys are filled with stuffing, rice, lavender flowers and oils. If you put the octopus in the microwave (don't worry, they like it!) for thirty seconds, the rice gets real warm and they are even more cozy to snuggle. Love lavender? Love Octopi? Best of both worlds. Want one? Email me.



Thursday, January 8, 2009

Stringballs- Snowballs- Glitterballs!

So Martha Stewart has this great idea. I tweaked it a little. Let me show you how to make really cool string balls. These can be left white, or covered in glitter, hung by string as a christmas tree ornament, given as a present, or used to make snowmen. I can think of a thousand uses, what can you come up with?

First, let me show you how to make the string ball. The basics.

You'll need little balloons. The water balloons work best. I got these!

Blow one up!

Spray with any cooking spray you have (try to stay away from flavors though.)

You'll need some string like this. But maybe you'll experiment with different kinds!

Tie the string on the balloon end.

Dab a little bit of glue on the other side.

I use PVA glue because I'm a book making freak and this stuff will really hold your ball together. You can use elmer and other kinds, a little watered down (water down your PVA a little too) but I thought PVA did the best job.

Start to wrap your string around the balloon, going through the glue dab to hold the string in place at first. Don't wrap too tight, but don't wrap too loose. You'll get it!

Keep wrapping, make sure you move the string around, try to cover the whole surface area. the more crossed points the stronger your ball will be!

When your ball starts to look covered, or like this. Cut the string!

Dab some glue on the string end to hold it down.

Take your PVA and small amount of water mixture and start to spread it across your ball with a brush. You'll be able to see the difference in the wet and dry string.

Make sure you cover the whole ball!

When you are finished let it dry on wax paper or clip it up from the tie.

After if it dry, you want to pop the balloon with a needle.

But take care, if your balloon isn't dry, this will happen!

You want yours to look more like this.

Once you pop the balloon, you want to untie of snip the string holding the balloon tie and then gently pull the balloon out. (Sometimes you have to do some fishing)

Well now you've got a pretty white string ball. What will you do with it? This one is covered in Green Agate glitter. (Not sure I like it, but I had some lying around so I thought I'd try.)

You can make different colors to match your tree. Glittering them is as easy as wiping the surface with more PVA/water and then sprinkling to your liking.

I hope you like my craft! Tell me what you did with them!