Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr art+yoga workshop

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
and 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

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:

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

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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?


Sunday, August 18, 2019

a word from the founder

When I am not painting in my studio, I am developing curriculum or teaching at my tiny little art school in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis.

I get such a charge out of designing curriculum.  Since I founded The Create Everyday Classroom in 2013, I am beginning to collect a wealth of rich lessons.  I still prefer to create and teach new curriculum though.  I love sitting down and figuring out how to puzzle piece together at least two of the following: artist studies, art making methods, children's books and museum visits.  More often than not, I find a common thread between three or four.

My class sizes are small.  I teach an average of ten students per session between the ages of 4 and 10 years.  I have found this number of students allows for a more individual, open ended curriculum which is the most important quality for me.   I want students to always feel the freedom to improvise, make adaptions and experiment while having the support they need to do this.

Having been a Montessori teacher for over fifteen years, I am a firm believer that there be a significant age range in each class.  One element of my curriculum design involves creating variations within each lesson so that all students will feel challenged and engaged.  Under this paradigm, students have the  ability to absorb the layers and complexities involved in making art.

To peruse classes and workshops through December, visit THIS LINK

Monday, July 1, 2019


Please email createeverydayclassroom@gmail for waitlist opportunities

Thank you!

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 createeverydayclassroom@gmail.com 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.