Monday, July 1, 2019


I will be offering WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS during the week of August 26.  Workshops will be held at The Create Everyday Classroom, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 - 1.
Monday and Wednesday will be classroom days and Tuesday and Thursday will be museum days.

Enroll for ALL four days for $200 or pick and choose your days for $65 each.

I have loose ideas of vintage cars, watermelon and donuts (perhaps a GlamDoll Donut day on Wednesday?) for curriculum with open ended creativity, fun, laughter and good books always a priority.

to enroll for the four days:

pick and choose days here (add to cart one at a time):

If paypal isn't for you, there are a variety of ways to register (apple pay, venmo, zelle).
Email me at for more information.

Although I am not officially labeling this a camp week, it will still be SUMMER and I'd like to treat it as CAMP whether your child attends one day, several days or all.  Here are two video slideshows from our first summer camp session in June. Get a sneak peek into The Create Everyday Classroom and what your child can expect from enrolling:

classroom time + picnic lunches

museum days

and/or view the photo album from the first week of camp HERE

Thursday, January 24, 2019

2019 Summer Camps

Minnesota Authors
June 10 - 14
Study Minnesota authors, John Coy, Meg Erke, Michael Hall and Bao Phi.
Create work inspired by their books.
Paint on canvas (acrylic) and paper (watercolor).
Draw/illustrate a streetscape.  Design + assemble a collage.

Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 1
Please pack a mid morning snack + sack lunch
Two walking field trips to Mia with sketchbooks (provided)

THIS CAMP IS FULL.  Thank you!


Geometry + Symmetry in Art
July 8 - 12
Study cones, cylinders and spheres
polygons, rectangles, squares and triangles
Charley Harper, Agnes Martin + Piet Mondrian artist studies
Students will paint, assemble, sew and form (clay).

Charley Harper artist study
Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 1
Please pack a mid morning snack + sack lunch
Two walking field trips to Mia with sketchbooks (provided)




Extra Yarn
July 22-26
Based on a favorite book by the same title (written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen).
Yarn play galore.  Internationally renown, local artist, hotxtea artist study.
Pom pom making, garland, wall hangings, and textile sculpture.
Students will also design their own fabric.
A fabric swatch of their design will be shipped to them after camp.

Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 1
Please pack a mid morning snack + sack lunch
Two walking field trips to Mia with sketchbooks (provided)

pay the $125 non-refundable deposit to reserve your child's seat

THIS CAMP IS FULL.  Thank you!


Picasso Camp
August 12 -16

Cubism, Picasso's blue period,
 line drawings and paper guitars
Students will create collages, paint on canvas, 
draw and build paper sculptures

Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 1
Please pack a mid morning snack + sack lunch
Two walking field trips to Mia with sketchbooks (provided)

THIS CAMP IS FULL.  Thank you!

camps are Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 1
children ages 4 - 10+  years

We visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with sketchbooks (provided) 
on two different days during each session

Outdoor play and picnic lunches at the MCAD sculpture garden or on the Mia grounds

Please pack a mid morning snack and a sack lunch
each camp session is $250 per student

To view videos from 2018 Summer ART Camps, see THIS LINK

To follow us on facebook, see The Create Everyday Classroom

Find us @thecreateeverydayclassroom on instagram

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.!

We spent the morning celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and his story.  We sang Happy Birthday to him.  We read the popular books, Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr. and Martin's Big Words.  We traced many portraits (Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou), wrote many quotes (in our journals) and practiced the grid drawing method, creating a graphite drawing of his portrait.  With this exercise, we learned that if we break any image down into sections and recreate one section at a time, the entire image can take shape.  I reminded the children this is how the artist, Chuck Close works (and how he created Frank, a popular sight for the children at Mia).

I think one of the most significant insights from the books we read about Martin Luther King this year was the duration of Rosa Parks' movement with the bus boycott.  This boycott took place over the course of a year (to make more literal: having a birthday and needing to wait until the next birthday).  Changing systems requires so much sacrifice, perseverance and time not to mention needing to manage a lot of feelings that can arise when something doesn't come easily.

Our community art project involved choosing one letter from, "I have a dream." and forming that letter with clay.  At first there was a concern about the unification of the letters but then we were quick to emphasize the importance of each letter reflecting  our individuality and that this would make for a much more interesting visual.  It would definitely be much more like ART!

Our afternoon book reading and discussion can best be summarized with a theme of working on becoming more aware of our judgement while replacing this with active curiosity.   And we started this practice with lunch!  Instead of making a statement like "Ewwww.  I don't like that." while referencing the contents of another's lunch, we practiced active curiosity: Do you like (food item)?  Tell me why you like it!  I like (food item).  I like it because...  Is there a particular food you don't like?  Why?  Is there one you have never tried? Do you think you will try it sometime? All of the sudden there is an experience of bonding (even in the midst of differences) without a blatant statement that might more than likely hurt feelings or alienate.

With the book, Let's Talk About Race we were given more examples of how to practice curiosity when noticing differences.  We also noticed we all had the same bones (and in all the same places)!  And discussed "What if we were just bones? Walking skeletons?"  The only differentiation between all human beings would be height!  What would that be like?

With the book, I Walk With Vanessa, we witnessed how one person (with quiet perception) can create a movement.  We discussed if we had ever felt left out or witnessed a situation where someone else may have felt left out.   Had we ever witnessed a person attempting to include or alienate another?  What subtle contributions or actions are we able to take that can change an entire experience?

With the book, Laila's Lunchbox, it was difficult, at first, to see how fasting could be seen as an act someone looks forward to.  We started to discuss special tasks or rituals we were able to participate in with our families or schools "because we were old enough" and how much pride we took in these actions.  All of the sudden, fasting became less about not being able to eat and more about the pride one feels in having more independence or being able to participate.

With the book, We're All Works of Art, each individual's uniqueness is compared to individual works of art.  In the same way a wide variety of art creates a more interesting museum so does a wide variety of people create a more interesting environment.

Although we didn't read them all, see more of the books we referenced here.

OH! We also read the book, A Splash of Red and studied artist, Horace Pippin.  In previous visits to Mia, we have viewed Horace Pippin's work.

The next art+yoga workshop is Presidents' Day, February 18.

A few more seats can be reserved here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

seeking creative 4 and 5 year olds

My students are growing up!  I have felt so grateful to be able to work consistently with these students for over four years and I will continue to work with them for as long as they feel engaged and challenged.  And the time has also come to seek younger students in order to create the classroom balance that I believe makes my curriculum thrive.

My curriculum is less about teaching an art making technique (although this is interwoven throughout) and more about fostering personal and creative expression.

Having a strong history as a Montessori classroom teacher and still believing passionately in this method, most of my classes incorporate reading, writing, math and geography lessons.  An opportunity to reference music or learn a new song isn't that unusual either.  The creative work cycles (a minimum of three hours) offer time for observation, experimentation and problem solving.

With art making taking such a front and center role in my life (I am a professional artist as well), some may be surprised to learn that I could fill all of my remaining time with my love for books!  Many of my classes and curriculum are based on what I consider to be invaluable children's books.

Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy

please contact Kari at:

For October 2018 classes visit THIS LINK

view a wide variety of photos via the classroom's instagram account

or view posts on our facebook page

2018 MEA Weekday Workshops


I didn't think it was possible to study lions for this length of time but we did and we enjoyed every bit.  Based on a variety of children's books, our yoga class on Thursday, lions that were on exhibit at Mia, and Halloween being just around the corner, we set out, ready to roar.

Our lion masks created a classroom full of smiles (before roars)

Take a peek into our morning work cycle here:

In our yoga class with Marnie Bounds we practiced a lot roaring (and prowling).

Practicing simhasana, or lion's breath, is believed to dispel negative energy and release energetic blockages, leaving one feeling free, courageous and energized.

To view a video slideshow of our yoga class with Marnie, see this:

At Mia, we visited 8th century China.

Pair of Guardian Lions, 8th century, China
Chinese artisans adopted the Indian practice of using the lion to symbolize the Buddha Sakyamuni.
In this context lions were considered protectors of Buddha's sacred laws and were often seen at entrances to cave temples.

students' sketchbook pages

lion hanging tiles

lion paintings that roar (or yawn or meow)

With so many galleries being under construction or roped off, 
it was young artists' choice on Friday.

top left and clockwise: Henri Matisse, The Tale of Genji (Japanese comic books),
portraits (Kunin collection,1700s period room, Paris)

Hear some student inspired tales of what makes their lions roar:

How to Be a Lion, written and illustrated by Ed Vere (emphasis on the importance of staying true to yourself in the midst of possibly being different)

Lions (National Geographic) by Laura Marsh
See a quick video of a student reading an excerpt from this book here:

The Lion and the Bird written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc (sustainable friendship amidst the seasons of life)

A project from the Minnesota Humanities Center, the book, The Lion's Share, a Somalian folktale retold by Said Salah Ahmed (educator, poet, playwright and filmmaker) was an introduction to the Somalian language (this book is bilingual), tells the tale of a greedy lion and is a natural catalyst for a geography lesson all in one full swoop.

Mouse and Lion, retold by Rand Burkert and illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Old Lion and Little Rabbit written and illustrated by Keiko Kaichi

November classes and workshops can be viewed HERE

December classes and workshops (included the ever popular Glam Doll Donuts field trip) can be viewed HERE

Weekday Workshops for January 2 - 4 will be posted soon!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Jean-Michel Basquiat artist study

We opened class by reading Maya Angelou's poem (in children's book format), Life Doesn't Frighten Me.  In this book, one piece of Jean-Michel Basquiat's work is used as illustration on each page.  While reading the poem, we studied Basquiat's work.

The warm up for this class was for each student to recreate their own version of this book's cover.

We discussed three symbols that are prevalent in Basquiat's work: crowns, eyes and forms of transportation.  Students sketched three pages of each symbol with one page dedicated to each and used soft pastels to add color.

Basquiat also incorporated a lot of text including a "code name", SAMO.  We brainstormed code names for ourselves that we might incorporate into our paintings.

Each student chose one of Basquiat's paintings that particularly appealed to them from the book.  We listed what characteristics, message, colors, symbols each student appreciated.

After our mid-session snack and the reading of our next book, Radiant Child, it was emphasized, again, that Basquiat's drawings/paintings were "not neat or clean, nor does he color inside the lines.  They are sloppy, ugly and weird, but somehow still beautiful."  We also learned that, at first, Basquiat didn't have access to traditional art materials and his first drawings and paintings were created on found surface areas.

Taking all of this information into consideration, we created the compositions of our large pieces (on cardboard) with oil pastel.  Some students, who are fairly skilled at drawing, were asked to draw these compositions with their non dominant hands in order to capture the "sloppy" look of Basquiat's work.

I think it's very important to mention, here , that the children did not reference Basquiat's work while actually creating these pieces.

Oh! Do you also see some of the children's sketches cut out and collaged here?  This was another technique Basquiat regularly implemented.

There are still seats available on Wednesday and Friday of MEA week!  See THIS LINK for more information.

November classes and workshops have also been posted.  View these opportunities HERE.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Inktober 2018

IT'S OCTOBER!  Did you need a reminder?  With this consistent rainy, cloudy and cooler weather, I can't imagine you did.

For some artists and their calendars, October means Inktober.  Artists from around the world participate.  Inktober was started in 2009 and developed by Jake Parker who wanted to improve his own "inking" skills while developing positive drawing habits.  Now Inktober has become a sketchbook phenomenon.  By the way, Parker also illustrates children's books.

I thought if there were some days some younger artists might enjoy sitting down and working on some of those empty sketchbook pages (from all those previous visits to Mia), this might be a great framework with which to begin!

Here are Parker's prompts for this October 2018:

Of course ANY drawing material will do!  I've also included Tinkerlab's drawing prompts for the month.  It's just as acceptable to play along with Inktober's challenge by using these prompts as a reference.  I usually reference Tinkerlab's monthly prompts for our journal entries during Summer Camps.

Of course, if you or your children decide to play along and you'd like to share, I'd love to receive!
Happy ART Making!

Click on the links below to view:

October classes and workshops

November classes and workshops