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...

Handmade by Rosalie on ETSY

The world of Etsy has introduced me to so many new friends, including this wonderful woman, Erin Bailey! She and her husband met while attending Texas A&M University. The small world of College Station began a whirlwind of family and moving, due to her husband’s career with the railroad. San Antonio, Dallas, Alexandria …. Then two became three, then four with the addition of two wonderful boys Her sweet boys, Clint 4, & Bryce, 2 , must be some of her wonderful inspiration for her art, such as this site chore chart!  Her career began with working in non profit, and then after her baby arrived, she made that big tradition to being a Stay at home mom! This was never a position she had pictured, for her days in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M  had left her career-oriented until she had her first child. A wonderful tradition dating back to 1876, the Corps only had a small percentage women. Her attention to detail and perfectionist leanings were only enhanced by the military atmosphere… little did she know they were going to be part of her artistic achievements too! Her husband encouraged her and she began a little at a time… She is not sure where the path is going,  but feels her natural ability was being nudged by God.  She has such a passion, a heart,  for trying to better the world, and hopes that this creating is bettering the world, helping people. One project at a time, one more celebration of a birth or a marriage, and the message will become clearer. She loves doing custom...

Resolution… Remember!

When New Year’s rolls around, talks of resolutions & promises engage most discussions. Have you made yours? What do you want to change/add in/take out for 2014? What big life-altering, scale-number changing, triathlon-completing, goal-gaining choice are you going to make? Well, this cute little crafty encourager helps keep your goals easy, accomplishable using… The resolution board!   A simple and easy project to propel you forward in 2014, or at least be a cute little craft you can check off and feel you already completed a crafting resolution accomplishment for the year & be done! I have lots of wood scraps around the studio, but these could easily be found at your local DIY center, or perhaps you garage! I cut a leftover piece of wooden molding into 8″ lengths. I grabbed a few of my favorite Americana colors, and base coated the scraps, allowing to dry, then distressing with rough sandpaper. Finding tiny wooden clothespins handy, I painted those in contrasting colors. At this point I did wish I had tiny little hands as well as a tiny little brush, or even a few elves looking for extra work after the end of the Christmas season, but the job still was accomplished effectively. A quick hint for drying the tiny clips to keep them from being painted shut – pin into a glass jar until dry then remove the pins were glued on and i grabbed my collection of whatnots to decorate the tops: from old jewelry to cabinet knobs to metal scrapbooking embellishments. After gluing on the chosen finds and letting dry, I stapled a bit of...

Take an Artistic Journey through Time: Workshops in learning Styles & Techniques through Art History

Explore styles and techniques from prehistoric to contemporary artists…monthly workshops take each student through hands-on exploration in 8 individual periods of art history. Using examples and images exhibited at the St. Louis Art Museum to instruct, inspire and create, each workshop will include historical study of the era and/or artists, techniques used in creating the images, as well as implementation of these styles to create a finished product in each session. The workshops will culminate in a visit to the St. Louis Museum of Art for a docented tour to visit highlights from each period studied, including the actual images using during instruction. All education and creativity will be housed within Kijsa’s light-filled Lowertown Art Studio the second Monday of  each month.Workshops are oriented for 6-10 grade September 12, 2011Session 1: Greek/Roman Become an art archaeologist…we will ‘unearth’ and learn the intricate techniques of black & red-figure ware.  The museum inventory provides many examples to study including an especially fine vase by The Berlin Painter. Using historical imagery and mythological figures, design and create plans for your own figure-ware product. Now will you choose a krater or amphora? October 10, 2011Session 2: Egyptian/CopticHow were the papyri created? Who were the Copts? How beautifully can one house a mummy? Explore the art of Egypt through study of a beautifully decorated mummy case, scroll writing and tapestry design. Create imagery through script, papyrus inscription, and tapestry motif. Be sure to roll your scroll before leaving this class! November 14, 2011Session 3: Pre-Colombian/ Native AmericanInspiration is all around you…that has been true since prehistoric times in Central and North America. Using ancient...