What are you creating with your family?
Spending time together creating is a new way to spend family night. Let art be one of the things you create. Art is a valuable addition to your family life. The projects are easy for beginners and doable for experienced artists. The main thing is to create art that has an important place in your home. Value the time you spend together. Value the art you make together. Display your work proudly as a testament to what your family can do together.
Once a month I post a project in our Facebook group Family Art Night@H.A.T. Academy. Follow along with the Facebook Live to learn how to create your family project. Supplies will be listed so you have time to get prepared. Follow along or just watch... that's ok with me.
The family bond is strengthened by creating joy through shared events. I hope that your family is strengthened and blessed by the time you spend together.
There is no better night than family night. Let's just add a little art!
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My first lesson with my crochet teacher was to crochet 50 stitches and as many rows as I could. I can do this. My grandmother taught me a few stitches when I was nine. No problem. I sailed through this first test with just a few minor stitch problems. All done and project completed. My teacher had other plans.
She checked my work.
"A few mistakes," she said.
"Now rip them out."
What? Wait! I just crocheted the best crochet of my life. This couldn't be. What kind of craziness is this? Little did I know teachers have plans that the student doesn't always understand...and I am teacher.
I slowly pulled every last stitch out. I wasn't sure what was the point. It seemed a bit harsh if you ask me. The beginning of an important lesson being learned facilitated by a wise crocheting teacher.
"Start again!," she said.
I did. It wasn't until I started my first pattern that I realized what she did for me.
Perseverance... It takes perseverance to learn a new skill... not just try a new thing but to really learn it. I have been taking crocheting lessons since February. I can say I have improved. It takes time, effort, and perseverance to truly master a skill.
When I learn a new skill there is some frustration. Working through my mistakes has proven the best teacher. Redoing the imperfect rows has been a lesson in persistence. The fear of imperfection has been dispelled in my crocheting.
It has gotten easier now that my goal is to master the craft and not to finish a piece. My goal is not to finish quickly. I want to do each stitch correctly and when it isn't good... I rip the stitches out. I am not afraid to start over. Quality handcraft work takes perseverance.
This lesson is the best lesson I have ever learned.
Don't be afraid of your mistakes, just fix them, redo them, and go on.
It only gets better.
Learn everything you can with no fear!
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My Story is all in an altered book. The pressure is off because it is made from all recycled items. The book is an old Lego book... repurposed as a sketchbook/journal. Painted pages with scraps of paper and pictures can tell a story. Highlights of the good and the bad with images that maybe only I can understand. A few words document the story of me. It is an exercise in creativity that will be completed as the year progresses. You can join me too... We can do the same thing and I guarantee our books won't be anything alike. It is nice to know there are other "creative types" creating with me!
Supplies: book, paint, glue, scissors, paint brushes.... and any other supplies you can get your hands on.
Until next time...
There are many reasons that I love being an art teacher... but over and over again I find myself reflecting on how each person creates such unique art pieces. I look forward to seeing what each one of my students is going to create.
Playing is important to creativity. Playing with paint is an activity that encourages creativity. The simple task of making wrapping paper gives an opportunity to experiment with paint.
Use white paper, brown paper bags, or the back of old wrapping paper to create your own wrapping paper.
You will need paint, old paint brushes, sponges, paper towels, water cup, palette, table cover, apron, & floor covering.
(Poster/Tempera paint will work)
The art concepts to focus on are pattern and mixing colors. Now play with the different types of brushes and sponges to make different types of lines on the wrapping paper. Let the colors mix on the page. Have fun! This activity is for exploring what is possible with the paint!
Don't be too judgmental... just have fun. The next time you need to wrap a gift pull out your creations and add a bow!
Make art part of your day.
Check out our FB Live where we painted wrapping paper!
In my classroom I would never let my students copy someone else's work. If it was copyrighted it was off limits. Coming up with new ideas is daunting. Our society is drifting away from creativity and I think it has to do with accepting the copying mentality. We see paint nights where everyone paints the same picture. That is ok for a little entertainment but we must go past copying and begin creation. Copying is for learning a technique. Art must be more than technique. Art must have elements of self expression. A "little bit of you" has to be in the art. It is the reason we love the great artists. Their personality and creativity is all over the canvas.
Don't copy cartoon characters... create your own.
Don't copy a landscape ... go outside and observe and then paint a landscape.
Don't copy someone else's ideas and thoughts... create your own.
It is o.k to be inspired by someone's words and art.... but you have to be inspired to create new ideas and art.
Add and subtract and make it better.
Give credit where credit is due.
You are creative. You have to use it.
It is important for a student to know what a teacher's core beliefs are... My manifesto so to speak. I have been teaching for 30 years. I studied industrial design before I became a teacher. My viewpoint is based more on a thinking and creativity approach as opposed to art production. Professional artists approach art with a finished picture in mind... and so they should. I can, as a teacher, focus more on the process. Industrial design gave me an amazing approach to art and I love it. I can't help but share what I have learned over 30 years and I look forward to Facebook Lives! These next few weeks I will be posting short videos of my art philosophy. It has developed through years of teaching all types of students. My unique approach is a great way to jump start your creativity.
See you in class!
Painting on a live isn't second nature... but I'm learning. The peach was inspired by a grocery trip. Peach season is delicious. The colors are as rich as the flavor. I was happy that this project turned out well. The peach was painted by layering acrylics. The main focus was learning to mix colors from red, yellow, and blue (and a little white). I will do a live on the color wheel and why orange and blue work well together. Keep painting and have fun... That is what it is all about.🙂