Sunday, May 20, 2012

On-line museum for kids' art!

This year we tried out the website Artsonia. 
Artsonia Art Gallery

I had the kids use oil pastels and dot markers to fill a piece of watercolor paper.  With the help of a room parent, we scanned the artwork and uploaded the images to Artsonia.  With the images on the website, parents could view the gallery and if they desired, they could order a product with the artwork printed on it.

Parents can also create an online gallery on their own to preserve their child's artwork.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kitchen Girl Coffee House

As much as I love visual art, I also enjoy the performing arts. In September, Greg and I founded Kitchen Girl Coffee House, a not-for-profit old-time and bluegrass music
concert series.

We did this to support and preserve old-time music making and to create a community gathering place.

The name "Kitchen Girl" comes from an old-time fiddle tune.  We chose it because it represents our love for old-time music, entertaining, and sharing food with friends.

Learn more about Kitchen Girl Coffee House

We were so lucky to have Matt Brown and Jessica Ziegler perform this past Saturday night.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Look What's Blooming for Mother's Day!

Hope the moms love these flowere!  The kids made them with color diffusing paper.  When we ran out of flowers, I cut some coffee filters in flower shapes and this worked just as well.
Step1- Color with white oil pastel on color diffusing paper or coffee filter
Step 2-Use pipettes to drip liquid watercolor on paper. Watch with amazement as the colors blend!
Step3 - Glue clear glass pieces  ( the kind you get at the dollar store) using Elmer's glue on to the paper.  When the glue dries, the colors shine through.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Urban Crafters Trunk Show

On May 12, I will be participating in a show at Little Bits Workshop in River Forest.  I'm looking forward to showing and selling some of the jewelry I have been making.  The jewelry is made with small wood shapes, glitter and resin.

Urban Crafters Trunk Show at Little Bits Workshop 

Have a look at all of the wonderful items that will be available.