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Volunteering

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:

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Kindergarten Drip Paintings

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5th Grade Radial Symmetry Flowers

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4th Grade Cooperative Painting

 

April 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Surprise Holiday Gift Workshop – Revealed

Here are some photos from our wonderful parent/child gift making workshop in December. I’ve been waiting to reveal the gifts since the final product was unknown to the participants until they unwrapped it on Christmas! The parents & kids were separated while they each made portions of the gift. I baked, glossed, & assembled everything then wrapped it all up for their holiday SURPRISE.

We are planning to have another parent/child craft night in February for Valentine’s Day – stay tuned…

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Gorgeous parent/child art vase

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The kids worked on painting the vases and making a mini flower.

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Grownups enjoyed hot tea while making their beautiful clay flowers.

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Funny all the insecure comment that were made by the adults at the beginning… their flowers came out amazing!

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Assembly begins.. I took everything home & cured the vases and baked the flowers.

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Final gloss coat, adhesive and we have the final product! I love how these came out. I hope everyone loved their time together and a fun surprise on Christmas ♥

December 30, 2013 at 11:14 am 2 comments

New & Improved Open Studio!

Here is a nice little article about The Importance of Art in Children’s Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development. Now let me tell you a little about Open Studio at Averyboo Arts…

Summer is the perfect time to come in for Open Studio. These are limited hours where you pay only $10 p/hr to use almost anything in the studio. From open art supplies & easels to blocks & creative play, kids 2-8 will have plenty of ways to exercise their imaginations and express themselves. Our studio is air conditioned and a great place to meet up with friends for an indoor playdate or have some unplugged time alone.

Open Studio now comes with an optional craft each week as well as face painting (cheek only). And, grownups, you can enjoy free WiFi and a complementary glass of ice tea.

We also have an online booking system so you don’t have to call for an appointment! Hope to see you soon ❤

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July 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Favorite Photo Friday

A small group of boys came in for Open Studio and made NINJA’s! These fierce little guys were made with corks, tape & match sticks. Cool, eh?
You can save 30% on your OS visit thru 6/29 *IF* you book through our new online system. Enter Promo Code OS30 upon checkout. See website>

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June 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Gift Making – Wet Felted Acorn Pendants

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My son made these “acorn top” pendants for his cousins for Thanksgiving. These would also make cute Christmas gifts and could be winter-ized by painting the tops white or covering with snow glitter. The balls were made with wool and a wet felting technique. Little ones can do this with supervision as hot water is part of the process. Have fun!

December 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm 2 comments

Jim Dine Hearts – Valentine’s Day

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Student work from Jim Dine lesson

This year for Valentine’s Day, we made art in the style of artist Jim Dine who has made lots & lots of paintings of hearts. I really wanted the kids to focus on their brush strokes and keeping the colors separated. The age range for this project was 4-8years old. Typically the younger kids tend to want to use their brushes in a scrubbing motion & will finish quickly. I came up with a fun way to get them all to slow down and keep the colors from mixing (too much)…

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First, we folded a piece of tagboard in half. Students traced a heart-half stencil then cut the shape out. This is a challenge for the younger but they all did a great job!

 

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Next came the painting... I used a timer & the rule was that each child had to take turns and use ONE color for ONE minute. This really helped them make small dabs with their brush & distribute the paint all over their heart.

 

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The final step was to decorate their black background paper with oil pastels. I asked the kids to cover the paper (especially the edges) with "Scribble Scrabble". They were all very excited to hear the term & show me how well they could scribble.

 

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The project still left room for personal expression.

 

The final step was to mount the heart onto the background using double stick foam tape. You can use glue, but the foam adds a 3D effect. I think the kids did a great job! Below is an actual painting by Jim Dine…

Jim Dine, "The Circus"

Jim Dine, "The Circus"

February 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm 1 comment

Thanksgiving Indian Corn

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday!
Here’s a cute project our “Little Picasso’s” made (age 4-6)…

I purchased some Indian Corn at a pumpkin patch last month wanting to tie it into a class. I love the colors of the kernels & had originally wanted to do a drawing/watercolor project with the Beginning Art  kids, BUT as usual, I changed my mind 🙂

*This* was an opportunity for a sculpture project with the 4-6 year olds!

 

Indian Corn

Real Indian Corn

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First we built the armature. (1) Crunch up newspaper into a long oval shape. (2) Wrap w/ 1 more pc of newspaper burrito-style & add a few pieces of tape to help hold together.

After you have your newspaper form ready, wrap it in a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil (sorry, not shown). Once wrapped, start to sculpt  the corn shape. Pinch in one side to make it smaller than the other. This is also a good time to let the kids feel the real corn, so they can make their armature feel similar.

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Next, paper mache the armature with brown paper. We used torn up recycled paper & faded old construction paper. Torn up paper bags would also work. *Let dry.

 

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Paint the kernels with a cotton swab or the end of a pencil. Provide a variety of Fall colors and also talk to the students about patterns.

 

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For the final finishing touch, hot glue a small bunch of dried corn husk to the large end. I've had a bit of corn husk lying around for a while & finally got to use it up! Tie together beforehand with a natural piece of twine or raffia. It makes gluing quicker & adds extra cuteness.

 

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This is a 2-day project. If you plan properly, the kids can bring home a lovely handmade decoration for Thanksgiving.

One last note… I was happily surprised that the painting kept the attention of the students for about 30 mins. Sometimes tedious, repetitive tasks can bore this age group so you may want to break things up with a Thanksgiving story.

 

November 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Pee Wee Art – Gustav Klimt

Our morning Pee Wee Art Class (Age 2-3) will be starting up again on Tuesday Nov 1st, 10-10:45am. You can register online or call 562-912-4800.

Here is a Gustav Klimt theme we did a few weeks ago in Pee Wee… The projects focus on process, while exposing children to art history, shape/form/texture and harmonious colors.

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Pre-prepped materials.

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Working on those fine motor skills.

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I love all the different results that were achieved with the same materials. Wish I had time to post them all! See you class!!

October 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm 2 comments

New Class: The Language of Art, 8/2-9/6

We’ve decided to keep up the momentum of our current class “Sketchbooks & Sculpture” and add another 5 week course called “The Language of Art“; beginning Aug 2nd.

Fundamentals will be taught including: color theory, perspective, composition and 2D vs 3D. Projects will include painting, drawing and sculpture, and will also be influenced by the group. Beginner, intermediate and advanced  students are all welcome! (Age 7-12). Register>>

Our current group of students are having so much fun together. We hope more will decide to join us on 8/2. Here are some photos & video from “Sketchbooks & Sculpture

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Toni introduces the concept of a sketchbook & shares her own drawings.

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After the book covers are constructed, students paint an abstract expression of themselves on the front.

 Then they began their cupcake sculptures….

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Messy, grossed-out, but in the end it was fun!

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Time to paint and glitter the sculptures.

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For our final class next week, the kids will make watercolor/sketches of their cupcakes in the books they created. And perhaps they'll get to eat real ones too 🙂

July 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Robots with Dad

Happy Father’s Day!
We had a good time at our “Robots with Dad” Workshop yesterday. We had quite the variety of pieces & parts to work with and our father/child teams were very creative. It was great watching the fathers/grandfathers  interact with their kids; teaching them how to use tools, and the glue gun, planning their robots together…

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We spread out all over the studio to work.

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Here are a few of the robots!

Special thanks to my assistant, Charity, who donated
a lot of cool items for our use!

June 20, 2011 at 3:37 am Leave a comment

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