Saturday, September 19, 2020

FALL 2020

view THIS LINK for November + December classes

View THIS LINK for museum FRIDAYS

are available during school closure days
View THIS LINK for workshops over 
Thanksgiving break

Monday, June 22, 2020


BASE CAMP package
10 instructional videos 
videos on the average of 8 minutes each 
with the intention of creating 10 completed works

base camp preview:

85./ household
accessible anytime without expiration
available beginning June 29
view a materials list HERE

SUMMIT package
19 videos including:
12 instructional videos, 
2 virtual museum visits and artist studies,
5 children's books

accessible anytime without expiration
launch date to be announced

Monday, May 25, 2020


I hope this finds you and your family as well as can be considering our current circumstances.  I have been thinking about all of you, SO MUCH, during this particularly trying time.

Yesterday, I made the difficult decision to officially cancel the first week of my Summer ART Camps at The Create Everyday Classroom.

In addition to this breaking my heart in more ways than one (not to mention the hearts of students who were enrolled!), I also experienced terrible disappointment because I was really looking forward to teaching this particular camp: All Things India Ink.

As a result, I am committing to creating an instructional (and playful) video series.

This video series will include:

6 art making warm ups
9 instructional art making activities
2 virtual museum visits including 6 artist studies
5 books I will read out loud associated with our theme

If your summer plans have fallen through and you find your household in a pickle, this "virtual" Summer ART Camp can also be available to you.

This series will be available exclusively to those who register. They will be available to recipients to view any time beginning the week of June 8, in any order, and at any time thereafter.
The cost for this series is $150 per household.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me anytime via
Take a peek at snippets on the classroom's facebook page or instagram account.

Feel free to pass along this option to any other parents you might think may appreciate my approach and style.

If you are interested in registering now, you can do so here:

There are alternative ways to register via apple pay, venmo or zelle.

Upon completing registration, I will send a simple supplies list to you and a video introduction.

May The Force Be With ALL of Us!

Much appreciation,

Saturday, January 18, 2020


If you are new to the classroom and this link, *WELCOME*
Please scroll down to the bottom of this page and visit "General Camp Information" first.

Drawing, illustrating, printing, meditative and sumi-e painting methods
Students will leave camp with a finished portfolio of work
A non-refundable $150 deposit secures your child's seat (see "add to cart" button)
A balance of $145 will be due on Monday, June 8

See post ALL THINGS INDIA INK for a virtual option/video series

Basquiat crowns, a collection of "beautiful oops(es)",
line drawings, Peter Parnell inspired paintings and typewriter art
A non-refundable $150 deposit secures your child's seat (see "add to cart" button)
A balance of $145 will be due on Monday, June 22

DRAWING+PAINTING for 9-12+ years: July 27 - 31
Introduction to studio drawing + painting
Extended museum visits with both a classic (Tuesday) and contemporary focus (Thursday)
Students will complete color theory charts, 2 - 11x14 drawings + 2 - 16x20 canvas paintings
A non-refundable $150 deposit secures your child's seat (see "add to cart" button)
A balance of $145 will be due Monday, July 27

Marc Chagall artist study, Brian Wildsmith illustrator study,
feathers, paper cranes, and weather vanes
A non-refundable $150 deposit secures your child's seat (see "add to cart" button)
A balance of $145 will be due on Monday, August 24

 2020 marks * 5 YEARS * of Summer ART Camps at the Create Everyday Classroom.

Unless otherwise noted, campers range in age from 4 - 10+ years.
In the past, maximum enrollment for each camp has been 10-12 students.
This year, camp registration will close when 8 students are enrolled.

The classroom is located across the street from the MCAD Sculpture Garden
and walking distance (we walk through the MCAD campus) to Mia.

During every camp session, we visit the museum
with sketchbooks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students bring a mid-morning snack and lunch.
We have daily picnic lunches on the MCAD campus or in the Mia courtyard.

Camps are Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 1 and are $295 per session.
A $150 non-refundable deposit secures your student's seat.
This deposit can be made via the "add to cart" button associated with each camp.
The balance of $145 is due the first day of your student's camp week.

I love answering all of your questions.  
If you have any other inquiries, please email me

Alternative ways of taking a peek into the classroom:

For examples of student work, 
please visit the classroom's instagram account.

To view photo albums and announcements, 
visit the classroom's facebook page

Watch slideshows from 2019 summer camps on You Tube

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr art+yoga workshop

I can't think of a better way to summarize our entire day yesterday than by the above illustration, spontaneously drawn by a student.

In addition to all the ways we play with Marnie during yoga, yesterday we practiced tapping into our own wisdom and power.  We were provided a tool we can use (the "I am happy! I am good!" song) in the midst of adversity. We learned the Long Time Sun Shine song and sang this song three times at the close of class: once as a blessing upon ourselves, once as a blessing upon another and once as a blessing upon all of humanity.

Our "I have a dream" t shirts were dry enough to wear after our outside time.
The particular fabric paint recommends the t shirts be washed and dried independently from other clothing the first time around.

Once the "snow mountain" was in sight, there were squeals of delight.  This is a place on the MCAD campus where all the plowed snow gets dumped over the course of the winter.

Students did a lot of writing and tracing yesterday on the subjects of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou.  For our afternoon lesson, we practiced tracing our hand and other students' hands, making sure to represent different skin tones while painting.

On this day in particular, it is a tradition to read many books over the course of the afternoon.  In addition to what is still my favorite children's book on Martin Luther King ( Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. ), we read:

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz - I cannot recommend this book enough (beautiful descriptive words for all the shades of brown)
I Walk With Vanessa, A story about a simple act of kindness by Karascoet- an endearing picture book from our study last year that I decided to bring back due to the significant impression it made
Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester- always on the bookshelf
My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman and Edna Kaban- love this too
Skin Again by Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka
Under My Hijab by Hena Kahn and Aaliya Jaleel - I love the conversation this book prompted yesterday!
We Came To America by Faith Riggold- another "HIGHLY recommend"

If you are interested in a thorough summary/discussion regarding some of the books we read last year, visit THIS LINK

It's that time of year again!  Time to put this workshop on the books!

In addition to art making, our favorite MLK, Jr music, books and (hopefully) an outside adventure in snow,Marnie has happily agreed to teach late morning yoga.

Please send your child to class with a mid morning snack and lunch.  Afternoon snack will be provided.

I would love to make "DREAM" t shirts again.  
After registration, please send your child's t shirt size as well as any (updated) emergency contact info

Monday, January 20, 8:30am - 4pm,  $95

Thank you! 

See THIS LINK to read a class summary from
last year's MLK, Jr. workshop

Monday, December 9, 2019

winter break WEEKDAY workshops

Weekday Workshops
Winter Break, 8:30 - 1pm, $65/day
pick and choose days
please pack a mid-morning snack and lunch

pick and choose your days:

Tuesday, December 31
Friday, January 3

Monday, December 23
Tuesday, December 24 (museum day)
Thursday, December 26 (museum day)
Friday, December 27
Monday, December 30
Tuesday, December 31 (museum day)
Thursday, January 2 (museum day)
Friday, January 3

pick and choose dates

Full refunds can be made with two weeks cancellation

Would rather register in other ways?
This can be done via apple pay, venmo, zelle
contact me via
for alternative ways to pay

Get a great sense of the classroom on
instagram and facebook

art-based conversation starters for holiday family fun

Jean-Michel Basquiat first attracted attention for his street mural work under the name "SAMO" in New York City.  He also is well known for using the symbol of a crown in his work.

If you could choose one nickname (3-5 letters) and one symbol to represent you, what would your name and symbol be?

Deborah Butterfield creates life size horse sculptures using a variety of materials.  Initially, she constructed these sculptures using only natural materials, but in 1979, she started using found steel and scrap metal.

If you could pick one subject (anything at all - living or non living) to reference as inspiration for a life size sculpture of your own what would it be?

Ezra Jack Keats is best known for introducing multiculturalism into mainstream American children's literature.  He was one of the first children's book authors to introduce an urban setting for his stories and he developed the use of collage as a medium for illustration.  Although Keats published so many children's book, he is best known for his book, The Snowy Day.

What would be the seasonal backdrop for a children's book of your own?  Come up with a quick story line, celebrating this season.

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation.  Kusama is fascinated by the concept of infinity and, at first, used polka dots in her installations to portray this idea.

What is your favorite number?  What would be a way for you to make others aware of this without specifically naming the number itself?

George Morrison was an American landscape painter and sculptor.  His native name was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo  (Standing in the Northern Lights).  Morrison created collage landscapes out of found wood.

If you had to roam the world for one type of found item, what would it be?  What places would you visit to start your collection?

George Rodrigue was an American artist from Louisiana who received worldwide fame for his Blue Dog paintings.  This character was inspired by a Cajun legend called Loup-garou (or werewolf).

Do you have a favorite story or legend in your family or culture?

In 1955, Andy Warhol created a blotted line ink drawing of many butterflies that he titled "Happy Butterfly Day".  This was a significant piece of work because it was the start of Warhol creating a repetitive image, over and over.

If you were given a large piece of paper and were asked to draw the same thing over and over again, what would you choose to draw?