Sunday, November 17, 2013

Give Art

Tis The Season to give original artwork to your friends and family. Artwork is a unique gift that is long lasting. I have created a new collection of original collages that are inspired by the beautiful colors, shapes, and textures around me.  Each collage will arrive matted and ready to be framed. Collages can be purchased individually or grouped together to make a nice trio or quartet.  

Visit my ETSY shop to view all my original collages.

Friday, November 15, 2013

First Thanksgiving

In November we spend a lot of time in our classroom learning about the Native Americans, Pilgrims and the events that led up to the first Thanksgiving. We read books, examine artifacts, and discuss how the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims. At the easel the children paint their own teepees incorporating Native American symbols they learned. Not only does this activity reinforce what we are teaching, but it gives each child a chance to express their point of view. Each painting is unique, and when they are all hung together in the classroom it shows a wide range of ability and individuality.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Celebrate Hanukkah

I am leading a Hanukkah crafting event with children in grades K - 4 at Temple Beth El in Chappaqua on Friday November 22nd at 7pm. The children will explore a variety of age appropriate crafting and art activities. Younger children will make their own gift wrap paper and collage using hanukkah motifs. The older children will be beading and making their own hanukkah candles using sheets of beeswax. There will be something for everyone to do and make!

Temple Beth El
220 South Bedford Road (RT. 117)
Chappaqua, NY 10514 

Private Art Classes

Since 2008 I have been teaching art to children in Southern Westchester. I teach regularly at the Bronxville After School Club, the Summer Arts Program at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and privately. Private art instruction gives your child an opportunity to explore art materials, techniques and art mediums in the comfort of your home. Classes are tailored to fit the needs of your child. Studies have shown that children with regular exposure to the arts are better able to problem solve, have longer attention spans, and feel more successful. I also believe that art gives children the chance to make their own choices, build trust in themselves and develop self-esteem. I am currently available to teach private art classes. Parent feedback has always been positive, and children have fun while learning. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about one-on-one art classes or small group art instruction (up to 6 artists). 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Wabi Sabi Gets Kids Talking

“Wabi Sabi” written by Mark Reibstein, and illustrated by Ed Young is a story about a Japanese cat named Wabi Sabi, who wants to find the meaning of her name and ends up learning so much more. In The New York Times Reibstein states: “Wabi sabi is a way of seeing the world that is at the heart of Japanese culture. It finds beauty and harmony in what is simple, imperfect, natural, modest and mysterious. . . . It may best be understood as a feeling, rather than as an idea.” In the story Wabi Sabi travels from the city to the mountains to find the meaning of her name. Along the way she meets different animals, and asks them if they know the meaning of her name. Beautiful, oversized, collaged illustrations help support the story by drawing the reader into the story. A robust discussion began after I finished reading the book. We talked about the children's names as well as where the children's family originated from - Japan, Ireland, China, Vietnam, and New Jersey. When I asked them if their names had a special meaning some said yes, while others did not know. Those children who did not know were frustrated. One child suggested they go on a journey like Wabi Sabi to find out the meaning of their name. This is a great story to read to children because it starts a conversation that is about them and their family history. The children's names were the main focus of the art project we did together. I had the children write their names on a long strip of heavy white paper. I provided them with an array of art materials. They either visually represented the meaning of their name or created a beautiful design that reflected who they are. I also emphasized to the children that their artwork should have wabi sabi - beauty, imperfections, nature, and harmony. In the end I think everyone created artwork that was very unique and personal.