Rabbit Stew

I have been a fan of animation, and animated movies, since I was a kid. Okay, it may be a little biased since it was made by my daughter and her friend but I think this is cute.  ❤ 🙂

video credit:  Sammy Animation 

Animator at Work

Animator at Work



A Little Paul Klee, Please

Spring session of art class started today. We’re back at a session of looking at the “masters”. Yes, I get to throw a bit of art history in there! This time we took a look at the work of Paul Klee. While his work is representational of a few different movements we focused on Expressionism. The subject matter for this week’s project was a bit open-ended…love how they turned out though.  ❤

Klee Collage

Produce Art For Better Brain Function

Maciej Frolow via Getty Images

Maciej Frolow via Getty Images

The “Arts” have many benefits to kids and it’s sad when these subjects are limited or removed from school curriculum. But the arts can, and maybe should be a lifelong pursuit. At some point we may outgrow the classes, exams, etc. of our youth but we don’t out grow the benefit that can be reaped from the arts.

Turns out tough that something can be said for actually DOING IT. It doesn’t matter if you see yourself as creative. You don’t need to do it for anyone else but you. It doesn’t need to be a show — just an experience! Dive in and give it a try.

~  all forms of “the arts” have benefit but the link below is an interesting article pertaining specifically to visual arts  ~

Producing Art Can Help Keep Your Brain Functioning

“Art Idol” Wrap Up

Last art class of the Winter session finished with our final project today.

Things Covered In The Project:

  • identify the horizon line
  • background vs. foreground
  • layering
  • colour theory
  • highlights and shadow
  • working with medium
  • wash technique

The experiment may need some tweaking if I try it again…like fewer options…but overall I think it worked out okay. We did end up with a winner for our final project.

Norther Lights (Nikki Page)

Northern Lights VIII

original artist      Nikki Page


Win16 final poster


To read more on the background of this “experiment” check out the Student Choices? post.

Student Choices?

CreativityIt may be a bit unorthodoxed but this session I decided to try letting my students pick the final project!

Okay, honestly…yes I’m perhaps a little stumped for ideas. Or at least maybe ideas that would excite them. I mean the things I paint are the things I choose – the things that draw and excite me. Of course it’s my hope that they will speak to someone else as well but generally that is not my first consideration in selecting the subject of my own creations.

Complete free reign for/with some students does have the risk of establishing chaos or inactivity so in the end we will all be painting the same thing with the usual coaching. This time though I’m running a contest. Our own little “Art Idol” and the kids, for lack of a better description, are the judges!

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