Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dara Kane: Etsy Article in

Shop Local on Etsy

Part I: Spotlight on three local artists and craftspeople selling their wares online.

If you're not yet familiar with, count yourself among those missing out. The Brooklyn-based handmade and vintage marketplace has taken off in popularity since its founding in 2005. Etsy has thousands of sellers from over 150 countries, but one if its coolest features is the ability to find artisans in your own community.

A search of Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester via Etsy's "Shop Local" tool found a handful of area artisans and vintage sellers who offer some great one-of-a-kind products to round out your holiday shopping list.

Here are today's picks—tomorrow we'll follow up with the rest of the local shops you can find on Etsy.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Native American Celebration

The Tuckahoe Library will be holding a Native American celebration starting at 1pm on Saturday November 6th.

From 2pm - 3pm I will be teaching children how to make pinch pots and coil pots. Children will be decorating the pinch pots with Native American symbols and motifs.

Saturday November 6, 2010
Free Art Activity
2pm - 3pm
Children of All Ages Welcome

Tuckahoe Library
71 Columbus Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY

Photo: Picsicio

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New Series: Children's Collages

Click on collage to open photo album then click on slideshow.

I have been inspired by all the children I have taught and the new materials I use in my art classes to create a brand new line of collages. These collages are made using stretched cotton canvas, Modge Podge (adhesive), tissue paper, recycled paper, buttons, felt, and yarn. They measure 9" x 12" by 3/4" deep. Small multi-colored mosaic is 8" x 10" by 3/4" deep.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hoff Barthelson: Summer Arts Program

Using ordinary household sponges I created stamps of assorted shapes - triangle, square, rectangle and circle. Students used the stamps to explore pattern, texture, color and printing techniques. Although the students all worked with the same materials their artwork looked completely different. One student created a building with different shaped stamps, another student explored how the embossing on the sponge left a pattern on their paper, and another student layered colors in different patterns on their paper. This project is a great way to discuss geometric shapes and how they surround us in our environment.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hoff Barthelson: Summer Arts Program

Students dripped, flicked, and flung paint onto their canvases. They stood, kneeled, and squatted as they worked. Brightly colored canvases began to evolve as layers of paint were added. I read aloud Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan to inform the students about who Jackson Pollack is and why his style of painting is so important. According to the book Jackson Pollack worked standing up and dripped paint onto his canvas using old paint brushes, sticks, or whatever he could find. He felt that this style of painting allowed him to "be in the painting..." (Greenberg, Jordan, 2002, p. 16) My students were "in the painting" for sure...

Action Jackson
Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan
Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hoff Barthelson: Summer Arts Program

Students rolled, pinched, and molded clay this week to create an array of unusual items. Some projects were music oriented such as a flute and sheet music while others varied depending on individual interests (helicopters, animals, bowls, initials, and so forth). Students used fine motor skills to shape their creations and assorted sculpting tools to create texture on the clay. Marbelex gray clay is an air drying clay.

Hoff Barthelson: Summer Arts Program

Student's were transported back in time to when pirates ruled the high seas! Treasure chests were decorated by students and filled with pirate loot. Treasure maps, rafts and flags were made out of an assortment of limited supplies left on a nearby deserted island (our art studio space).

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hoff Barthelson: Summer Arts Program

A mixture of flour and water is perfect to use as glue for papier-mâché projects. The flour and water mixture felt squishy said the students as they dipped strips of newspaper into the mixture. Then they criss-crossed the newspaper strips as they layered them on their plastic cup. Students layered, and layered the strips until they had a thickness that when dry would form a strong vessel. When the newspaper looked and felt totally dry I removed the plastic cup (about 2 days). The students painted their cups using a variety of motifs and styles - stripes, dots, flowers, blocks of color, and multi-colors.

Friday, July 2, 2010

HBMS: Summer Arts Program

Sculpting is a great hands-on activity that gets students engaged right away. Using ordinary household items students created a 3D sculpture. Some students made animals such as a monkey, rabbit, bird and giraffe. Other students created humans in motion. Student's painted their sculptures as well.

All sculptures will be on display in the lobby of Hoff Barthelson Music School.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Summer 2010: Hoff Barthelson Music School

I will be teaching art at Hoff Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY from June 28 - July 30. During the five week program students will be encouraged to express their point of view through art. Children ages 6 - 8 will be working in a variety of mediums and techniques. Creative activities will include: action painting, sculpting, molding clay, painting, paper mache, collage and so much more! Projects will change daily. Students will also create a portfolio of their work.

Summer Program 2010:
June 28 - July 30
Enrollement and information:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Artist Residency Photo Gallery

Last Fall I was selected to be an Artist Roster with ArtsWestchester, a not for profit program organization that supports the arts throughout Westchester County by funding artist residencies in local schools and community centers. I was fortunate to be chosen to do an artist residency at the Westchester Hills School 29 in Yonkers this Spring. I collaborated with the school's guidance counselor on a residency that combined self-esteem issues and collage. I would like to share the girl's work with you!

Click on the photo gallery to begin the slide show.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Craft Project at Tuckahoe Library

On Tuesday May 18th I will be instructing a free craft project at the Tuckahoe Public Library from 4pm - 5pm. Register today! Children of all ages welcome!

Tuckahoe Public Library
71 Columbus Avenue
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
(914) 961-2121

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kappa Delta Pi Ceremony

On May 5th I was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. I feel that being a member of Kappa Delta Pi is an honor, and I know that this organization will be a great resource to me throughout my teaching career.

"Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching...."
(Kappa Delta Pi, 2010)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Artist Residency: Tissue Paper Collage

Using tissue paper and Modge Podge, the girls in the artist residency created unique tissue paper collages that reflected their personalities. Some girls used solid colors while others chose patterns. One girl used color to guide her design. Two girls twisted and crumpled the tissue paper to create dimension. Some girls talked and playfully teased each other as they worked. A few girls were quiet and stayed focused on the task at hand. Today's class completes the 4th week of a six week residency.

This artist residency is funded by a grant from ArtsWestchester.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Artist Residency: Mosaic

5th and 6th grade girls at Westchester Hills School 29 in Yonkers created amazing mosaics using cut paper and rubber cement. Some girls used a stencil to help guide them while others did not. This six week artist residency uses collage to express self esteem.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Artist Residency: Cut Paper Collage Inspired by Matisse

Inspired by Matisse's colors and shapes the girls created cut paper collages during week 2 of artist residency in Yonkers.

This artist residency is funded by a grant from ArtsWestchester.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Artist Residency: Self Portraits

A dozen 5th and 6th grade girls at Westchester Hills School 29 will be participating for the next six weeks in a self-esteem program that uses collage to express how they feel about themselves. During the first class the girls used collage to create self portraits. This artist residency is funded by a grant from ArtsWestchester.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Artist Residency

Dara Kane is teaching a six week artist residency at Westchester Hills School 29 in Yonkers, NY beginning in April. A select group of girls from the 5th and 6th grade will explore self esteem through the art medium collage. The girls will create a series of collages that will represent who they are and how they feel about themselves. The collages will be bound in an accordion style book. Students will explore a variety of materials and collaging techniques. This artist residency is funded by a grant from ArtsWestchester, a not for profit program organization which supports arts and culture throughout Westchester County.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Free Art Workshop

Don't miss out! Children age 5 and up can pinch, roll, and mold clay into masterpieces.
Children age 5 and up
4pm - 5pm

Tuckahoe Public Library
71 Columbus Avenue
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
(914) 961-2121

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