Art in the Morning - A Lovely Gift Book of kindness and color. Now in its eighth year, Art in the Morning is my once-weekly day-brightener email of a new painting hot off my easel. (Sign up to receive it!)
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The Book! One of the results of my "Art in the Morning," is this fun book of radiant color - created in response to several requests to make a book of my first year of weekly paintings and musings. Here it is! It includes anecdotes and thoughts from A.M. readers about each painting... It becomes something of a little art village.
Linen Hardcover with dust jacket, 8" x 10"
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Bringing Art to the Kids - Just Say Yes
A bit ago I enjoyed a few of years volunteering to bring art projects to one of our local elementary schools. Joy Rogers, our BATS (Bring Art to Schools) program director, was looking for art projects beyond their regular program format. I have zero time and thought, "Say, what?!" But it is a good cause.
There is a reason we’ve made art since the beginning. We need it. Art is one of the things that separates us from other animals. I decided to just say yes, knowing that then I would find the time, even if it means working later somewhere else.
I wanted the projects to be about art. But I also wanted to incorporate another care of mine - kids and families making healthier food choices for a long-term higher quality of life. I came up with "Eating the Rainbow," a cut-paper design concept full of vivid color and the illusion of space with discussion of healthy alternatives to sugar-spike, highly processed foods. Fortuitously, Michelle Obama was on the same bandwagon. Fantastic!
The kids loved it! So did I. I learned a lot. Not only does art give them quiet time to problem-solve and say things their way, it teaches them motor skills, advanced planning, spatial awareness and delayed gratification.
Not to mention, their art projects looked way cooler than mine.
This year I had fun teaching a group of about 30 adults how to do these cut paper exercises so that they, too, could enjoy volunteering to bring art to the schools! We had a blast.
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