Storytelling Camp: A City in One Day

Storytelling Camp: A City in One Day

I have been spending these past few months researching “Smart art” for my many kid’s classes at MAKE. Trying to find the neatest, most creative ways to experience learning through art and craft. One of my favorite camps that has resulted from all this screen time and page turning is my upcoming Storytelling camp. This is three days of the coolest creativity- making prompts and projects that start and create story lines. SO a search with great creativity comes, well, with a scavenger hunt throughout my MAKE studio! I wanted the kids create a city silhouette that would put lots of characters in close proximity, so that the story lines could be never ending.  An urban landscape that could create homes for as many possible subjects for leading roles. I found the perfect subjects- These rubber pieces are the shells that remain when you remove the alphabet stamps once held. These were perfect! They weren’t trash to be tossed- these were skyscrapers in the making!! A little glue, a stamp block, and we were in business. Then my hunt led my to my robot creating station. (of course there is a robot creating station-motherboards in pieces, wire snips, strange plastic shapes that once held something we would have called a “mix-tape”)  The rubber insides of the dismantled remotes were begging to become urban dwellings, and the stacking blocks declared that they were skinny high-rises as well! Out came my favorite colors of Dick Blick block printing ink, glass palettes, brayers, papers, card stock, oh my! Who says you can’t build a city in one...
Drawing With Oil Bars

Drawing With Oil Bars

Like butter. That is exactly what I said when I started drawing using these wonderful bars. The smell reminds me of my days in the halls of the art building, where the musty scent of linseed oil wafts together with printmaking inks and smoking kilns. The days I spent in Scotland working with these bars still make my heart leap with joy. I can’t wait to share these through the upcoming workshop at MAKE next Tuesday, September 8! This is truly a drawing workshop…where we work through some of your favorite subjects (bring photos, pictures, printouts for drawing prompts and inspirations) Introducing the oil bars with the charcoal and graphite allows so much room for movement, mind-changes, adjustments and learning. The depth of the images grows more beautiful as the surface is worked with pencil and rag and palette knife… Come discover your artist within…beginners and advanced will love this class! Learn basic drawing techniques and get to take them to the next level…or bring an experienced drawing hand and see how this medium adds to your technique! For more information about this wonderful workshop go HERE off to...

Grand Opening! MAKE

  Thursday evening March 12 MEET THE MAKERS 5:00pm-7:00pm Meet this fabulous group of makers, movers and shakers! See wares and goods from their hands, learn about their stories & check out all the new awesomeness of MAKE and the grand opening weekend! KariAnne Wood – Blogger (Thistlewood Farm) (oldest sister) Kijsa Housman – Professional Artist/Owner (second sister) Whitney – Actress/Austin Craft Creative (middle child) Mark Presley Jr. – Minister/Palette Wood artisan (number four) Stephen Presley – Professor/Author (the baby)   Friday, March 13 A.M.: 10:00-11:00 – Palette table demo- Learn from Mark Presley (personally selected by Wholefoods Corporate headquarters to design their Christmas Palette decor for their entire visual department) He is a master how to create an amazing table from Palettes, check out his other offerings below- Open, no cost 11:00-12:30 Make a V.O.W. framed verse – create your own Verse of the week Chalkboard using up cycled wood! cost includes all materials fro one board framed in up-cycled wood –  Kijsa & Mark partner for this fun inspirational class. reservations recommended $39.00 P.M.: 12:30-2:30 – Whitney invites you in to create your own felted Soap!  a come and go class (allow an hour) cost includes materials and instructions for 3 soaps! $22 3:00-4:30 Want to learn how to break down a palette to make your own creations? Let a master show you the way! Plus other quick demos on creativity throughout the hour! free! Saturday, March 14  A.M.: 9:00-10:00 Doodles & donuts for kids – Free to all children (must be accompanied by an adult) this is a fun time for kids of all ages to play, explore what...

Hands of Clay

I have started a new ministry at our church for teen girls, using art as our missional medium. Our last meeting was a different, more reflective get together. This means that while we weren’t slinging paint, we were still elbow-deep in creativity…just in a sitting position. It was Palm Sunday, and a time to reflect…a time to mold and shape just what the week ahead held for our faith…in fact it held the very basis of Christianity…of why we believe. there is something so calming about squishing clay between your fingers…molding and shaping until something appears…smooshing down, pressing , rolling…all to retry again  It made me reflect upon what I am being shaped into…how I can be pressed down to smooth rough edges, or reshaped in a different way, and how I resist…not wanting to move in the direction I am being molded. As the girls were read the Easter Story, I hoped that the action of the clay would cause the same reflection I was experiencing…Of the cross, of our path, of becoming beautiful in the Potter’s hands. Do you want to feel the clay squishing between your fingers…want to gather your kiddos into the kitchen and laugh and play in the mess? Tell them the stories of how they are being molded…how their actions and decisions mold those around them…how life is good, and fun, and hard…but good change is always possible… Dive in…Here is the easiest air dry clay recipe using goodies around the house: (makes about 2 pounds – the recipe can be halved). 2 cups baking soda 1 cup cornstarch 1.5 cups cold water...

Valentine’s Photo Block DIY

This Valentine’s day is the perfect time to head to the woodpile… Not for logs for a romantic fire, but to create these adorable (and easy) photo blocks. I have included several pics from a recent Pinterest party to help with inspiration…for all you need are scrap pieces of wood, sandpaper, craft paint, bits & pieces of scrapbook paper & your most adorable photos! Sand any rough edges, then prime your wood with selected color of craft paint. When dry, use Decopage to adhere bits of scrapbook paper and your pictures. Get creative with mixing & matching papers & pictures…you can even cut out your pics… get creative…add ribbons, buttons twine…anything that might be sitting in your craft space that you have saved for such a moment as...

Time To Wrap It UP!

So thinking I might get a head-start on wrapping gifts, I was searching the studio for new and different tag ideas…I wanted burlap, but with a twist…   I had several small 4×6 and 5×7 wooden frames, a lot of burlap, felt and a staple gun…voila…a gift tag is born! I cut the burlap about an inch larger that the frame, and back-wrapped it, fastening in place with the staplegun   (hot glue might do the trick, but you can stretch the burlap taut with the staple gun) Also…to finish off the back, you could either add ribbon to cover the staples, or a felt backing   If you were to stop here…grab some black paint, put on a fabulous initial, and add a black & white ribbon…but for this festive touch… I cut decorative felt to size, leaving a nice border to let the burlap show   I cut out my initial from felt, then using quick fabric glue, glued both the felt and initial to the frame…   Then reached for cute ribbon scraps… …glued and stapled some onto the frame to accent and tie it on… …and then, in just a quick staple here, glue there, you have a tag as cute as the present! Would be adorable in your Christmas holiday wreath too! To make this, and three other really different, but fabulous tags…stop by next Tuesday at the studio for the First Day of Christmas Creating…Here’s a quick look at the schedule… Twelve Days of Christmas Creating… …Make your own gifts …be fabulous!  $25 per class, reservations recommended, allow 2 hours creating fun! On...