Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
This is a great idea for my studio or classroom because I actually have an extra wine rack. I imagine regular and fine point sharpies organized by color. I may reserve a cup for my mechanical pencils.
I heart writing utensils.
Have a great weekend,
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Did you know there is a Darth Vader gargoyle on the National Cathedral??? YES, it's true. Back in the 80s, the Cathedral held a children's art contest (bonus points) and good ole Darth was the design chosen. You can find it on the northwest tower (click the link to find out exactly where......you need binoculars).
We went to the Cathedral last Christmas and I am insanely disappointed I did not know this piece of trivia. We'll look for it next time.
Monday, October 10, 2011
We had a wonderful time in sunny California celebrating the marriage of Max & Melissa. Those two love birds win the award for most creative wedding. Every where I turned there were crafts to see (DIY overload- more pictures to come).
And what's better is that for every craft there were teams of people helping to set it up, clean it up, or organize it into an amazing piece of the evening. I can't stop thinking about the fantastic people we met over the course of 3 days. We're forcing M & M to get married every year so we can have a reunion.
Hope you all had a great weekend,
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I went to our local grocery store and could not find apple cider. I asked, "Where's the cider, sir?" He said, "I'm not sure. What does apple cider look like?" Once I eventually explained the physical characteristics of apple cider, the man said that they (this huge grocery store) did not have any apple cider.
I continued to look and found some by the deli.
Lesson learned: Don't assume everyone knows about apple cider.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sometimes an art teacher needs activities that fill time. Let me explain: My first graders are in the middle of creating a self-portrait. That's 28 six year olds, painting 28 different portaits, finishing at 28 different times. What usually happens is this: MRS. C I'M DONE! I'M DONE! WHAT CAN I DO NOW? If I don't have something planned for the early finishers then all h. breaks loose. They ask if they can get a drink but they don't know where the water fountain is. Or they'll play with their paintbrush water. Or they'll ask for a band-aid for no apparent reason. Or, and this is a repeat offense, they'll start painting their hands. Sigh. There's absolutely nothing you can do to prevent this behavior UNLESS you have an easy activity for them to grab when they finish their project.
There are two books that solve this problem. Both books are open-ended, meaning they exercise creativity rather than limit it, and they can be xeroxed into easy hand-outs for the little ones.
642 Things to Draw was a gift from my good friend Jessica. It's a blank journal filled with 642 ideas of things to sketch. Things like bugs, people, cars, food, or you know, luminescent plankton. Just photocopy a few pages and the kids are set.
The other is called Lets make some great art by Marion Deuchars. I don't own this book (yet) but it seems very similar. It also looks pretty and pretty things are just the best.
Know of any others?
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
When was the last time you took a picture? OK, Was it with your phone? I take a decent amount of pictures with my iPhone and am always a little sad when I realize they're not in photo albums. Sure you can upload them to facebook or your flickr accounts, but it's not the same as a hardcopy. I'm a huge fan of having albums in my home (how very 90s of me).
Finally, a company has made the process of uploading our phone images easy. Blurb and Instagram partnered together to make our album dreams come true! You first need an Instagram account. Then, Blurb will "Bookify" your Instagram pictures and voila....instant phone albums at a very affordable cost. I can't wait to do it.
The bad news is, you have to have an iPhone for this to work. Maybe there is a similar program for non-iPhone users? Sorry about that. Anyone out there want to share what they do instead?