Mural Painting in Honduras

Mural Painting in Honduras

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to give back though artwork to an orphanage in Honduras High in the mountains north of Tegucigalpa, I undertook painting a huge cement-block wall; my ‘sombrero’ to block the heat of the hot Central American Sun I had to use found or donated paint, the assistance of many, and most important, had the help of my young daughter to cover the many sections of wall with the bright murals Simple designs held multiple meanings for the children living within the safety of the walls (yes, gunshots were heard outside multiple times) It was a beautiful, creative and inspiring time and I was the one that left with the gift. I am so excited to embark on another journey in just a few months to paint again on foreign soil with my daughter & I know that I will be the lucky one...
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...