Saturday, February 13, 2021

2021 Summer ART Camps


(2021 exhibitions) WOMEN ARTISTS, June 14-18

These women artists are having noteworthy exhibits around the world this year.
An introduction to Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Barbara Kruger,Yayoi Kusama, 
Georgia O'Keeffe and Julie Mehretu
Create acrylic, collage, drawing and watercolor pieces inspired by these artists

view daily slideshows from this camp HERE

view an album of photographs HERE


Study impressionable illustrators, currently making their mark: Melissa Castrillon, 

Thao Lam, Kerascoet, Steve Jenkins and Suzy Lee 

Create collage, india ink, mixed media and painting works inspired by their work


COLLAGE CAMP, August 2 - 6

Noteworthy collage artists of the present and the past:
Hans Arp, Laslo Antal, Hannah Hoch and Deborah E. Roberts 
Cut and paste your way into works of your own inspired by these artists.
Each creation will be matted for easy framing.

TWO more seats available

(my) CURRENT FAVORITES, August 23 - 27

Study works from these current, practicing artists
Jill Emery, Florence Hutchings, Mie Horlyck Mogensen
Ned Roche and Lisa Swerling

Create with clay (air dry), drawing and painting materials,
Make your own diorama

this camp has a WAITLIST

Please submit your requested dates via email. Once your requests are confirmed with a reply, deposits can be paid to reserve your seat(s).


The Create Everyday Classroom Summer ART Camps are Monday through Friday, 9am - 1pm, with an eight student capacity. Within each week, ages can range from 4  to 10+ years (depending on your child's comfort level working in the midst of younger students).  Because of small class sizes, variations on lessons are easily provided when taking into consideration age, interest, and skill.

Each camp is $295 per week.  A non refundable $150 deposit secures your child's seat with a balance of $145 due the Monday of summer camp week.  Seat reservations may be made via apple pay, venmo or zelle.

Students come prepared with their own mid morning snack, water bottle and lunch. We have daily picnics on the MCAD campus or in the Mia courtyard (weather permitting).

In years past, we have always visited the museum (Mia) with sketchbooks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each camp's curriculum has determined our study there.  If Mia's operating hours return to what they were pre-pandemic, we will follow this tradition.  

Regarding the pandemic and ever-changing state of affairs: If we are still under restricted orders this summer, the first four students to register will be given priority seats in each camp.  Mask wearing inside the building and classroom will be mandatory.

You can take a peek into Summer ART Camps at The Create Everyday Classroom by visiting + viewing these slideshows.

Spring Break 2021 ART workshops

Monday, April 5: Faith Ringgold artist study

India ink, watercolor + collage folding house


Tuesday, April 6 : little art book (book making)

An on-going, captivating project by artist, Robyn Wells (see @littleartbook)


Wednesday, April 7
: Emma Larsson artist study

Experimenting and playing with the wet on wet watercolor method


Thursday, April 8: Ellsworth Kelly artist study

Two giant paintings: positive and negative space


Friday, April 9: Museum Day 

walking field trip to Mia, sketchbooks, art making upon return



These Create Everyday Classroom Spring Break ART workshops are Monday through Friday, 9am - 1pm, with a four student capacity. Ages can range from 4  to 10+ years (depending on your child's comfort level working in the midst of younger students).  Because of small class sizes, variations on lessons are easily provided when taking into consideration age, interest, and skill.

Each workshop is $65 per student.  Seat reservations may be made via venmo at @Kari-Maxwell. Please specify dates in memo.  If you want to enroll for FOUR consecutive days (5 is not an option), the cost is $235

Students come prepared with their own mid morning snack, water bottle and lunch. Masks are required wearing inside the building + classroom.

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 SOLD OUT view slideshow from this class HERE

February 14  (RESCHEDULED for March 28)

March 7 SOLD OUT

March 21 SOLD OUT

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

For other Sunday afternoon classes options, please visit THIS LINK

2021 Summer ART Camps have been posted.  View these HERE

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