Wednesday, September 20, 2017

the invisible bucket

Excerpts from a class discussion during the last session of Summer ART Camp on August 25, 2017:

Did you know that you and me and every other living being carries around an invisible bucket all of the time?
You didn't?
Well, they do!

Do you know what's different about this special bucket?
It's lighter when it's full and it's heavier when it's empty.
And, you really don't know you're carrying it.
Isn't that funny?

Can I give you an example of how someone might fill their bucket?

Well, right now we are eating lunch and I see so much yummy and healthy food.  When you eat this food, how does your body feel?

Do you think assisting your body in this way empties or fills your bucket?

What are other ways that you think you can fill your bucket?

Who played leap frog with Keri yesterday?  Did that fill your bucket?  How about yours?  And yours? How do you think it filled your bucket?
Can I tell you something else about your buckets?  When you play with others like that you not only fill your buckets but you fill their buckets too!  Everybody gets to have full buckets!

I know many of you are getting really excited about starting school and riding the bus.  How many buckets do you fill when you say "Good Morning" to the bus driver or "Thanks for the ride!"?

Child: "When I play baseball in the backyard with my Dad, I fill my bucket and his bucket!"

So what are ways we can fill our buckets and other people's buckets? <SO MUCH DISCUSSION HAPPENED HERE!>

Another child: "Every time we go to bed, does our bucket empty?"
I don't think so.  There are sometimes that I go to bed and I feel really good or really tired because I know I have had made the best of the day that I could and I go to sleep feeling my bucket is full.  There are other times when I might go to bed worrying about something and forget about all the other good things.  And those times, I feel my bucket emptying a bit.  In the morning, though, my worries don't seem as important, though, and then my bucket feels like it's fuller again.  Do you ever go to bed worrying? What do you do about worrying? <more discussion>

Based on the children's book titled, Have You Filled your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Summer ART Camps


June 19 - 23
artists through the eyes of children's books
Study the artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Yayoi Kusama and Agnes Martin through the eye of children's books .  Create work inspired by these artists.

July 10 -14 
animal, vegetable or mineral?
Study animals, vegetables and minerals in art while creating work inspired by these subjects. Participate in a scavenger hunt for these items at the MIA during both of our visits.

July 24-28 
drawing and painting
Fine tune your drawing skills and painting technique while studying artists,
Milton Avery, Chuck Close, Helen Frakenthaler, Lee Krasner and Kara Walker

August 7 - 11 
perceiving Picasso
Explore Pablo Picasso's wide range of style within his work.  We'll learn the simplicity of line drawings, the complexities of cubism, create guitar sculptures and more.

August 21 - 25 
the museum of me
Based on the children's book written by Emma Lewis, students will come to learn what specific images, places and experiences they identify with while creating a symbolic museum of their own.

Camps are Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 1
children ages 4 - 12  years

we visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art 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 250./week

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

sketching at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Sometimes, I think, the children's sketchbooks are their most important work. Even though, by the time they go home, the children usually can't remember what sight or thought was the catalyst for which mark, shape or scribble.

This student has filled a handful of sketchbooks in my classes. There have been many pages that have gone home empty too. Somehow, without any inhibition, though, this (not quite) six year old captured movement. Just like that. There is also something else about these sketches that amaze me. This very young person already understands a certain benefit of creating several sketches on the same sight (or idea). AND this young person was obviously quite comfortable continuing an idea across the course of a sketchbook binding and consuming both pages.   WOW.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

art classes for children

nurturing the spirit of the child through creativity

adrian meg photography

an open-ended, engaging, intuitive art making experience
 for children ages 4 -12 years

josh kohanek photography

I offer a unique art making experience where the focus is placed on the process of art making and the exploration of materials. My students experience a limitless opportunity for intuitive and spontaneous self expression.

Art classes are unlimited regarding subject or topic of study.  
Class sizes are small and intimate.  
Students have the opportunity and freedom 
to work with and explore materials.

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Kari is a practicing, professional visual artist as well as a creativity coach and consultant.  She was a Montessori Children's House educator for over thirteen years.  Encouraging and supporting the creative process for people of all ages is one of her absolute favorite things.    

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NEW! class series

We had A BEAUTIFUL first class in this series!

A celebration of self with self portraits, love notes and crowns.
The next class class in this series is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 and is full.
Openings available in the third class on Saturday, October 15.
To register

Read more about this class series below:

When I was a classroom teacher part of my ongoing curriculum included self awareness and community awareness and how we can balance the complexities of this.

I've developed a series of classes based on this curriculum to assist children in celebrating and learning more about themselves and their uniqueness.  Once we have invested in honoring ourselves, we discuss ways we can become constructively involved in our families and community.

Classes consist of topic discussions, children's books, role play, visual journaling and art making.  If students attend all three classes, pages of their visual journals will be assembled at the end of this series creating a momento and point of reference for them over the months and year to come.  An afternoon snack is provided.  Each class is $55

Me and Myself
Saturday, September 10, 2:30 - 5:30

Home and Family
Saturday, October 1, 2:30 - 5:30
2 more seats available

My Community
Saturday, October 15, 2:30 -5:30

Thursday, March 31, 2016

new instagram account

If you have been following me (@createveryday) on instagram, I have officially created a new account that is solely for The Create Everyday Classroom.  You can view this account here.  And please feel free to follow, share and tag.  I appreciate you spreading the news about my program!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

honoring transitions: journal prompts for your children

journal entry by Milo, 4 years (now he's in 4th grade!)

With summer coming to an end AND with a new academic year approaching, we can all experience a wide variety of emotions.  It's so exciting for some of us to relish in the anticipation of a new year and yet, this can also, naturally, bring about anxiety.

It's helpful, especially during times of transition, to set aside some extra time for activities that are grounding.  For some of us, one of these activities can be creating.  I have found that children are naturally grounded while they can be creative.  You may observe this when you catch them humming or singing to themselves while they are drawing.

By the way, did you know that the physical act of humming has been physiologically proven to connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain?

If your children have attended a handful of my classes, my guess is they have a sketchbook around the house that has a few empty pages.  Here are a few prompts to choose from if your child needs a bit of structure or direction before sitting down to draw or create.

  • my favorite things to see, smell, hear, and taste in summer (4 different prompts)
  • all the things I learned this summer
  • my favorite fruit/vegetable
  • my favorite joke
  • if I could pack a picnic basket all by myself, what would I bring?
  • what was I doing on the 4th of July?
  • my three favorite flavors of ice cream
  • draw a map of somewhere I went this summer
  • my favorite activity at the playground
  • my favorite song
  • my favorite party I attended this summer
  • my favorite book, topic to read about or character
  • the best surprise this summer
  • my favorite summer memory

Some children may want to rush through journal prompts and quickly fill empty pages.  If your child has a tendency to do this, try to encourage them to elaborate more on the same topic/page.  Perhaps they can add words to their drawings or clippings from magazines.

Wishing you all much joy and ease as you transition into a new school year.

To read more about the benefits of journaling for children, visit this link.