Spring Flowers

It was a beautiful spring day, so we had to make some beautiful Van Gogh spring flowers in the K-1 grade class. 

School Fundraisers

Since my boys started preschool, I have been helping with their school's Auction and Galas.  For the past four years, I have helped on the decoration committee for the Holy Trinity School Auction. They put on quite the show and I love to help out. Here are a few of the photo cut-outs I painted for the Under the Big Top themed gala this year.

I also help with the classroom art projects for the Auctions. Below is a mosaic done by 2-3 graders from the Downtown School. They each drew a element from nature. I incorporated their drawings into the mosaic and each of the 36 students were able to work on the mosaic over the course of a few weeks. 

I also helped with my youngest son's preschool class art project. They had a circus unit, which fit perfectly with the theme, so we took some photos of these cuties and I collaged them into a circus theme. 


Art in the Heights! Friday, April 24

I'll be showcasing my art this Friday along with 11 other talented artists. Join us from 4p-9p on Friday, April 24. 

BRING YOUR FRIENDS, IT’S FREE TO ATTEND!
ENJOY AN EVENING OF GREAT ART FROM 12 CENTRAL IOWA ARTISTS


JEFF HAYS - Pottery 
CURT STAHR - Photography
NICOLE JAMES - Prints & Mosaics
JOHN JENTSCH - Photography 
ALYSSA TAUBER - Prints DEB JURSHAK - Sculpture
MELINDA KABEL - Pyrographics
JIM HUBBARTT - Pottery 
DOUG FLETCHER - Paintings
MARY ELLEN KIMBALL - Lithography
SUSAN MOORE - Paintings 
MICHAEL LANE - Mosaics

Gelli printing

I did some experimenting with gelli prints a few years ago at an art teacher's conference. It was fun, but the plates were too expensive to add to the studio for full classes. Then, last week through the power of Pinterest I fould a recipe that was easy and did not need to be refridgerated. Gelli plates are basically like uses Jello gigglers for making monoprints. The possiblities are endless. 

During spring break camps, I was teaching the students about Aboriginal Dream paintings. We used the gelli plates to create the base print, to which the students added dots. First we looked at some animals native to Australia and examples of the dream paintings. They choose an animal and drew it onto a piece of Styrofoam. They cut the image out, and then added lines and shapes to the animal. First we printed the negative image using white ink on black paper, then we pulled the animal off the plate. When we printed the ghost image (putting paper down without re-inking the plate), the lines and shapes showed up on the paper. Below are examples of the negative image and the ghost image. 

Negative image

Negative image

ghost image

ghost image

A Beautiful Oops.

With four boys you would think I would have learned by now, but sometimes I do silly things like leave my paint out without cleaning it up. One day, my five year old decided my painting needed a little something more, like myself. So he added himself to the picture. I like it, so I left it.