Monday, January 11, 2021

Museum Sundays, winter+spring 2021

Beginning SUNDAY, January 31, 2021


With classes and summer camps being hit or miss during these past nine months, I have missed our visits to the museum!  

These classes include:

1. walking field trip to/from Mia

2. sketching at the museum (different curriculum with each date)

3. free art making (student choice) upon return

I hope to create a spiral bound coloring book of the children's sketches.  Each student who attends one or more of these classes with receive one book when this class series concludes.

Class capacity is 4 students (until further notice)

Please bring your own water bottle and snack.  Remember to wear your mask!

Classes are SUNDAYS from 1-4pm and are $59/ea

January 31 2 seats remaining 

February 14 2 seats remaining 

March 7 SOLD OUT

March 21 2 seats remaining 

venmo: @Kari-Maxwell (include dates of registration in memo)

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Keith Haring artist study

One of our traditions over the winter break is to read the most noteworthy children's books that were published over the course of the year.  

The book, Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring, written by Matthew Burgess and illustrated by Josh Cochran would have been one of these books.

In the absence of our ability to meet in the classroom this year, I have put together a short art lesson, good for the entire family.

I am slowly but surely adding free tutorials to this you tube playlist.  Visit THIS LINK to view more.

I am also in the midst of having single session virtual classes available for the cost of $10 each.

You can preview these classes HERE.  Payments accepted via venmo.  Email me at to purchase.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

our favorite art materials

It's the season for gift giving!  

If you feel inspired to gift the young artist in your life with art materials, I have recommendations.


Canson XL mixed media pad, 9x12 in white.  I wish they sold this paper in reams.  I will rip each individual page out/off the spiral for student use.  This is how much I love this paper.  

For avid white charcoal, colored pencils and pastel users, I highly recommend this same brand in the color black


Strathmore 300 series tape bound watercolor paper.  I always buy the 11x15 paper but I am always re-sizing with our paper cutter, too.  I think it's safe to go with the 9x12 option.  By the way, we use tempera and acrylic paints on this paper too!
acrylic + watercolor landscapes on strathmore watercolor 300 series

CANVAS: ANY canvas you find will do.  


Hands down, over and over again, I cannot recommend Tempera brand by Tri Art enough.  More than likely you will have to order this online.  I used to be able to purchase it locally.  Student grade tempera paint by Dick Blick is a good runner up.  I have talked to Art Materials (on Lyndale) and they have recommended their chroma tempera paint as a proper replacement for the tri art brand.  I haven't tried this brand but would recommend starting here, if need be, rather than trying another.  

Instead of purchasing a set, I highly recommend creating your own set (the primary colors -  red, yellow + blue, add white and black). This encourages color mixing and self discovery.  And the mixing of colors creates more depth in a painting, let's face it.  If you want to add one more color to your set, add a magenta (when mixed with blue, the color creates a better blend of purple).  

Upon receiving these paints, students will want to use them right away.  Add a roll of kraft packaging paper so that your young artist has protection for the surface he or she will be working on.   You might as well be prepared.

Tri Art Tempera paint on large Canson XL mixed media paper

We only use liquid watercolors in the classroom and there are many reasons why I wouldn't recommend these for home use.  A regular set of crayola watercolors will work just fine (just promise me you'll throw away the brush first).

graphite pencil, sharpee and liquid watercolors on Canson XL mixed media paper

india ink : higgins

india ink on manilla cardstock


I am just going to attach the exact items here because brushes are so expensive and so overwhelming at first and brushes are SO IMPORTANT.  Hands down, over and over again, I cannot recommend these enough - white taklon by craft smart and golden taklon by craft smart.  These brushes are inexpensive and so durable. They work for ALL mediums.  I cannot emphasize enough what a priority these are. Include both of these packages with your gift.

brush prints on drop cloth

writing, mark making, drawing:

graphite pencils (primsacolor ebony pencil)

pencil sharpener (mobius ruppert brass wedge)

eraser (staedtler mars plastic)

graphite pencil in sketchbook

white charcoal pencils (general's charcoal white pencils)

white charcoal pencil on black Canson XL paper

nibs: (manga cartoon comic drawing painting kit tool)

india ink and nib pen on canson XL mixed media paper

markers:  These are a pretty penny and for the more advanced artist.  If you'd like to start collecting, you can purchase them in singles.  Perhaps supply the young artist with a shade of their favorite color.  These markers are magic and are a beautiful embellishment to dried watercolor paintings.  I really like the copic ciao.

watercolor + copic marker on canson XL mixed media paper

NOTHING brings absolute delight to a child more than a brand new set of crayola markers.  I cannot emphasize enough that these markers be broad (vs fine).  I always have these in the classroom and when I bring in new boxes, the students' expressions are priceless.  Just know they have a very short life.

crayola markers, broad line, skin tones set

COLORED PENCILS: hands down, over and over again THESE - koh-l-noor progresso woodless colored pencils

PASTELS: I don't have any easy recommendations here.  You must pay for quality, in this department. I find it best to go to an art store and create your own set, purchasing one at a time.  Best to choose the cylinder shape (rather than prisms). Start your soft pastel collection as you might with paints or choose a shade of the child's favorite color and add two more.  Include wet wipes with these as children's hands will become quickly stained from blending (a very good thing)!

grid drawing portrait, soft pastels


ALWAYS a favorite

We had a clay camp where we experimented with all types of air dry and oven bake clay.  The vote was  unanimous for Crayola Air Dry in white (not in terra cotta).   The students' creations will crumble over time (but their creations will last for a good 6 mos).  The joy exchanged in the interim is all that matters. There is so much joy in clay.  This brand is easy to paint too!

crayola air dry clay in white, painted with student grade Dick Blick tempera

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Current Offerings 2021

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