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

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please contact Kari at:  createeverydayclassroom@gmail.com

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2018 MEA Weekday Workshops


LIONS LIONS LIONS



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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

November classes + workshops

WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS



FRIDAY, November 9, 8:30 - 1
art making+museum visit
please pack a mid-morning snack and sack lunch
$65





weekEND classes
Evening Star IV, Georgia O'Keeffe

Sunday, November 11, 1:30 - 4:30, $55 
Georgia O'Keeffe artist study and her particular series on the Evening Star



THIS CLASS HAS FILLED.
thank YOU.  more please!


MORE! WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS



Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday, November 19 - 21, 8:30 - 1, $65/day
please note that Monday, November 19 the museum is closed
We usually visit the MCAD exhibits (if child appropriate) on Mondays




choose your days


Cancellation Policy for all classes and workshops: 
refunds are happily made with two weeks notice

Monday, September 17, 2018

2nd Annual Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Workshop


It was another fantastic workshop at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden !
With the sweltering September temperatures we had this weekend, we were fortunate enough to have shade, cool grass and a consistent breeze.

The pieces mentioned below were a part of our sketchbook tour.

Octopus // Alexander Calder

Calder was known for his playful works of form and color.
When creating sculptures he created both stationary and mobile (moving shapes).


Seat-Leg Table // Scott Burton
Burton is known for sculptures that also serve function.


Liz Larner // X


Martin Puryear // Gog + Magog
granite (from Cold Spring, MN) columns 
originally designed as the gateway to the park in 1988


Back of Snowman // Gary Hume

Empire // Eva Rothschild
Rothschild is known to create sculptures that explore the idea of both delicacy and strength.


Amaryllis // Tony Smith (not pictured) 

Double Curve // Ellsworth Kelly
Kelly focuses on single color and basic form. 
Not only is the sculpture important but the negative space each piece creates.

Untitled // Jim Hodges
The artist, Hodges, chose these specific boulders from many, 
each one weighing eight to thirteen tons 

The Spinner // Alexander Calder
The second piece of Calder's to be a part of this sculpture garden.
This piece being an example of his mobile works.


Deborah Butterfield // Woodrow (horse)

Woodrow was Butterfield's first outdoor sculpture.


Black Vessel for a Saint // Theaster Gates

The patron saint of libraries is found inside.  This piece was salvaged from an old church in the artist's home of Chicago.

By the way, I really enjoy following Theaster Gates here:

Windchime (after "dream") // Pierre Huyghe

For Whom // Kris Martin


Hahn/Cock // Katharina Fritsch
Animals (of bold color and scale) are a common subject for this artist.

LOVE // Robert Indiana

Spoonbridge and Cherry // Claes Oldenburg and (his wife) Cooje Van Bruggen

Sky Pecsher // James Turrel

We saved James Turrel for the FINALE.  When sitting within the structure of this piece, we didn't talk at all.  We sat in silence.  Some of the children continued to work in their sketchbooks.
When we exited the ramp, several children exclaimed simultaneously, "Wasn't THAT fun?!!"
I wish I had THAT on video...

Speaking of video, view a video slideshow of our time together here:


View the written tour of last year's (you may find 
a more detailed description for some of the works above)
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Workshop here:


For October classes and workshops, view this link:

Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring Break ART Camp


Despite the heavy snowfall, we dried out and warmed up with a southwestern art curriculum this past week for Spring Break ART Camp.

On Tuesday, we learned to identify cumulus, cirrus and stratus clouds, practiced painting cumulus clouds of our own and created our own hanging cloud sculptures.



On our museum visit on Wednesday, we identified cloud types in many landscape and seascape paintings on our way to view Cloud World by Maynard Dixon as well as other southwestern landscapes.




We painted our own southwestern landscapes using acrylic and watercolor.




On Thursday, our subject was the Saguaro cactus tree.  We incorporated this subject into a landscape which we embroidered.



The snow was fun too!


There are two classes on Sunday afternoons in April that still have seats!
Yellow Umbrella, Sunday, April 15, 2:30 - 5:30
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Sunday, April 22, 2:30 - 5:30
See THIS LINK and scroll down for more information.

Watch for SUMMER CAMP paperwork to be sent out this coming Friday, April 13.
Camp paperwork and deposits are due April 27.

I have room for one more pair during the Mother's Day workshop during the 10:30 and 2:15 time slots.

For those of you who missed Summer Camp enrollment this year,
consider the Learning to Bee workshop on Wednesday, June 13.