I recently helped facilitate a 24 piece art collection for my son’s school. It took 5 of my Mon/Tuesdays to complete and I’m excited to say it came together fabulously! Better than I had imagined. The pieces were made to auction off in hopes of raising funds for a garden teacher position.
Last Saturday all but 3 pieces were sold (which may have sold by now), so it was a success.
Now I’m 5 weeks behind with my Averyboo summer planning so I better get back to work… here’s just a peak until I’m able to get the final art show photos:
I made this yummy Valentine Breakfast for my family yesterday. Both my husband and I had to work, so breakfast was the only opportunity I had to do my stuff.
It was pretty easy… Use a large cookie cutter to make the heart-shaped bread, cook it up in your preferred french-toasty-way, layer with Nutella, whipped cream cheese, fresh strawberries (mix with a little sugar to make them juicy), drizzle the whole thing with agave nectar (or syrup), and top with whipping cream and a shake of cinnamon.
And remember to spray whip cream in your kids’ mouth too, just for fun :)
Here at Averyboo Arts we have some pretty awesomely devoted art students who eagerly come to our studio weekly to create art. These students leave with a huge sense of accomplishment, having learned new skills, and with a new work of art every 1-2 weeks. As our students transition from class to class over a number of months or years, their art collection grows along with their artistic skills – we often hear requests for ideas on how to save each and every single masterpiece.
Saving your budding little artists art work can be quite a feat when wanting to support your child’s artistic growth, saving memories of their youth for posterity, and a whole slew of other reasons. Averyboo Arts is here to help with simple, creative, and effective ways on how to keep your art students works of art!
The Portfolio, it’s a romantic reminder of all the great artists throughout history. Just hearing the word conjures up an image of paint splattered artists roaming cities with their portfolios under their arms. This age old artists companion is a must have for art students of any level. They store work wrinkle free, protect from sunlight, yellowing and degradation in general, and best of all its thin flat storage.
You could also create an e-portfolio, photographing all your favorite pieces of art and creating a Shutterfly book. You could also set up a virtual portfolio by using your digital copies of art work as a screen saver on your computer.
Another modern portfolio option is to use an app like Artkive, check it out in your App Store.
The Gallery, another quintessential element of all the great artists, is just as effective as it is chic! The very first public galleries in France were annual salons where work was hung from wall to ceiling. Create your own gallery art home with varying sized thrift frames, place them in a small wall at the end of a hallway, in your child’s room, or in your dining room. A gallery is a great way to highlight your child’s talents, plus you can switch out the art as it gets made. Once it’s done being displayed store it in your portfolio!
Recycle Reuse Reduce, this solution is by far the one to employ when at a loss of what to do.
Recycle, we have seen a lot of creative uses for art work, consult the Internet or Pinterest for ideas, but some of our favorites are handmade cards, wrapping paper, book covers…
Reuse, art makes a wonderful gift of any occasion and any space, a small gallery over your desk at work or on grandma’s coffee table maybe?
Reduce, while every single piece of art is in deed a treasure, some pieces are a little rougher around the edges, or not as shiny as the rest of your loot, it’s a part of the process of being an art student… Have a show for two, decide along with your student what to hold onto, and how you want to use what you’ve got – they will love having involvement over their art.
From Averyboo Arts, enjoy making art, tame you space, and save those masterpieces!
At Averyboo Arts we always look to our daily surroundings for inspirations to pass on to our students. This week the studio had these playfully colored, beautiful flowers making our studio a brighter place. Mrs. Natalie brought them in for her classes as an inspiration for a week’s worth of art classes! Just goes to show how expressive imagination, paired with a little inspiration can produce countless possibilities!
Here are the fun flowers set up for you to draw. Take your time drawing, if you look closely you will see these simple flowers have lots of details. Try just one flower, all the flowers, or the full photograph. The example is just the beginning, working from larger shapes to a small spot with full detail. Grab your art tools and enjoy exploring the possibilities of drawing! ~Ms. Tania
Wonderful Wednesday Drawing:
Flower Still Life
Like always, the staff at Averyboo would love to see how these flowers inspired your drawing! When your drawing is complete grown ups can post the image to the Averyboo Arts Facebook page to share your artwork with the studio! Dont forget to use: #averybooarts #drawingchallenge
This week’s prompt is a perfect opportunity to show how drawing can tell a story. This time let’s draw a story about you!
Drawing what you love is half the fun, take the time to explore line and patterns to create a few fun gallery frames, then fill them with drawings of all your favorite things!
Wonderful Wednesday Drawing:
Gallery of Favorites
The the staff at Averyboo would love to see what everyone’s favorites gallery includes! When the art is complete, grown ups can post the image to the Averyboo Arts Facebook page to share your artwork with the studio! Add #averybooarts #drawingchallenge
The winter season is swiftly coming to an end with the New Year quickly underway, and here at the studio we wish you all, students, parents, family, and friends a very cheerful Art-Filled New Year!
In the upcoming year we hope to grow in our creativity & hope you will make arts education a part of your new years resolution.
Here are a few photos from how we spent our winter classes at Averyboo Arts!
We are currently enrolling for all February art classes!
In addition to our 4-week classes, we have added ART:Lab (d) which is an individual class on Saturdays with a single or 4-session pricing option… In February we will be introducing an exciting 6 week sculpting class! Each class price includes all materials, and as always, with small class sizes we are able to provide individualized attention!
Although March is National Arts Education month, we recognize the year-round importance of art education in students academic development, personal growth, overall smarts and joyfulness! After all, it is why we do what we do here at Averyboo Arts!
To read more on why arts matter to your child, check out this link (pdf file) from the folks over at Arts for Los Angeles: http://www.artsforla.org/sites/default/files/AFLA-ArtsEdbenefits-ENGL_0.pdf
Happy New Year Everyone!!!
My son had a fun idea last night to make our own Party Hats. At first he wanted to make it a contest, but I convinced him to just have fun & be creative (he often has big ideas, but lacks knowledge to execute the way he wants).
So we gathered left over Christmas paper & gift bags, construction paper, tape, glue, etc and threw it all on the coffee table.
This was pretty fun & would recommend for adult NYE parties too. You’ll be amazed at what your friends can come up with :)
OH! And Avery also constructed his own Ball Drop contraption… not too shabby for an almost 9 year old & it worked….