Sunday, August 8, 2010

Summer is flying by - teaching all thoses kids!

Here’s the latest happenings from Nine lives Studios…



Busy summer with teaching children’s art classes – so far only one has been cancelled due to low enrollment…






Marine and Ocean life adventures age 8-12


Featured stencil wind sock, stencil t-shirt, shell wreath, sea monster sock puppet and the color your own beach ball among other projects such as watercolor and collage…


















acrylic on canvass mimic van Gogh


Media Sampler age 8-12


Featured charcoal, pastel & white chalk; acrylic on canvass sheets; watercolors; pen & ink, colored pencils; poster paint, watercolor pencils






pen & ink samples for drawing a castle





student working on his castle










sample of a Paul Klee inspired poster paint painting






working with students - watercolor pencil pieces




Tomorrow I have back to back classes for 12-16 year old students…


Manga – Japanese style comic drawing from 9 to noon and Watercolor from 1 to 4 pm…

The following week it looks like the Shelton Parks & Rec classes will run even though the enrollment is low 6 for Comic Book & 5 for Art from Around the World.  I hate to disappoint kids…

Only gives me a few days to attack the house before my daughter comes to visit with Eamon – my grandson, who is now 4.5 - how fast they grow! I have a lot of art projects set aside for him and grandma to do!














Art Rageous – wow, I left the house early, got there early and was like a popsicle all day. Crazy weather! I almost grabbed a fleece jacket but said to myself – it’s August. Its summer… luckily I changed from shorts to jeans and wore socks. It was a heavy soaking PNW mist, then a downpour, then mist, dry, downpour… not as many participants as was expected. Started at 11 and was very slow, picked up from 12:30 to 3ish and tapered off as far as people participating with all the various art projects offered. Last year they had over 3 thousand – don’t think they had a thousand this year!   Luckily I was able to pack up quickly and as I was pulling out at 4:30 it began to pour!!!!


I did sell one Sumi-e, had fun talking, met nice people and encouraged many to try their hand with the brush… and got a wild idea… I basically stopped painting Sumi-e except for cards and Art-o-Mat blocks – very sad but I have stacks of unsold work. Another presenter works in encaustic and causally mentioned she really liked how light weight the sumi paper was. She said it was perfect for embedding in wax. To which I replied, I’ve been meaning to try encaustic to get away from frames/glass/mats… The she said, oh, sumi-e paper works beautifully… just use the bees wax. Also a comment from a friend about my poems being Zen like and how my Sumi-e goes with many of my poems. Does this sound like a great marriage… my sumi, my poetry and encaustic. OK its off in another direction but I think its unusual enough to be a hit.

Teaching Around the South Sound
I received a confirmation call from The Hampton’s – an Alzheimer facility – from the contact person about giving an art lesson one hour per week four times a month– twice in one unit and twice a month in the other. I start in September ...

ORLA [Olympia Regional Learning Academy] art classes start in Sept for home school children - Timeline of Art 10:40 to 11:40 grade 6-8 Tuesday Sept 14th and Unique Collaborations - ORLA grades 6-8 9:30 to 10:30 on Wednesdays...


AND last but not least - Senior Services for South Sound will offer an Acrylic Class for 9 weeks - 1.5 hour –on Friday 2:30 to 4 pm - call the SeniorCenter for registration information... 586-6181 ext 123  222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA

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