Saturday, April 21, 2012

And we're off...

Isn't this a cool picture?  I took this during a 4th grade art lesson on collections.  This boy collected planes from all the different airports he's been to.  I love the tiny path in the middle.

Kyle and I start our Southeast Asian adventure today!  Singapore is the first stop where we'll explore the temporary home of my bff Lauren.  Then the three of us embark to Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.  We can't wait.  I hope you have a fabulous couple weeks and I'll see you when we get back,


Friday, April 20, 2012

Smithsonian Workshop...

Was a success!!  I had such a blast presenting a 'challenge' to the Smithsonian guests for Draw and Discover at Dusk.  What impressed me most about the evening was the kindness of each participant and their willingness to try the suggested lesson.  The session at the end in which we shared our work was the highlight of the evening for me!  I wish I had taken pictures - but hopefully Mary at the Luce Center will post some on the facebook page soon.  In the meantime, here's a sneak peak of this evening's challenge....

Exquisite Corpses!!

exquisite corpse by Andre Breton


Draw and Discover at Dusk @ the Luce Foundation Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.   Join the fun from 5:30-7:30pm. There will be art, sketching, and a cash bar.  whoop whoop.  Hope to see you tonight!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

April Subscriptions

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Looking for something to do this Friday??

Luce foundation center

Come to the Luce Foundation Center for "Draw and Discover at Dusk" and meet me!  Here's the blurb from PinkLineProject:

Join us at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Foundation Center for a special evening session of our Draw and Discover program. Enjoy a mini-lesson with guest instructor, Sheena Custer, and then spend time sketching. Basic drawing materials are provided and a cash bar will be available for the duration of the program. Open to all ages and all levels of artistic ability.
Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Birthday shout-out

Happy sixth birthday to my doggie, Oscar.


He's so good and so bad at the same time.  Top image found here.  Have a great weekend everyone,


Thursday, April 5, 2012

New art education resource

Dwight Garner, from the New York Times, recently published a review of Draw it with your eyes closed: The art of the art assignment.  Compiled by the editors of Paper Monument, Draw it with your eyes closed offers the best art assignments as witnessed by artists and teachers.  Ex: “Take an 18 x 24 inch piece of paper and make a drawing using nothing but your car”

After Garner published this review he invited readers to submit their own works based on the assignments from the book.  How fun!  Check out the artworks here.

This book is definitely on my wishlist.  I'm always on the look-out for insightful, open-ended lessons.  Do you have a favorite source for lesson ideas?  Feel free to share,


Monday, April 2, 2012


We had family in town for the weekend and  took a trip to the Air and Space Museum in Northern VA, near Dulles airport.  This museum is the companion museum to the one on the National Mall and houses larger aviation artifacts like the fastest jet-powered plane, Blackbird, (black plane, pictured below), and the space shuttle "Enterprise" (pictured behind Blackbird).  Enterprise was gi-normous, by the way.  When was the last time you saw a space shuttle? 

The museum is a must see if you're in town and appreciate this form of history.  I enjoyed our visit and especially liked my ride with Kyle in one of the museum's 5 simulators.  We went upside down in a mock airplane, several times, while I was behind the wheel.  Although fun during the ride, I felt dizzy and sick for a good hour afterward.  Ride at your own risk.

hope you had a great weekend too,