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I'm on a journey to live a happy, creative life and hope to inspire others to do the same. I don't blog often, but when I do I will be showcasing new work from me or my students and celebrating artistic successes big and small. Follow along as I navigate this creative landscape, and be sure to sign up for the latest news on workshops, camps, and events in the lab or at 103!

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Faces-of-God-Sculptures Inspired by Tyree Guyton

Sep 27, 2021

Neo-Expressionist, Tyree Guyton, was born and raised on the east side of a forgotten neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. His life's work has been an environmental-experience-project that he began with his grandfather in his own neighborhood,...

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Let's Fly Masterpieces Inspired by Faith Ringgold

Jul 13, 2021

I had so much fun designing the series of projects for my Fiber Arts Camp we had in June. One of my goals was to have each artist complete one very meaningful piece during our time together. And since we were spending a great deal of time on...

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Jungle Collages

Jul 12, 2021

Inspired by the lush vegetation and vibrant colors in a rainforest,  I created a project for my Junior Apprentice class that would focus on one large size canvas for the duration of the 6-week session. ...

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Clay Animal Totems

May 26, 2021

Combining art and social studies, this totem project was one we almost did not do in the Spring session, but squeezed it in, and I'm so glad we did! 

Clay is a HOME RUN with children. Some love it more than others, but there is always...

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Fall Leaf Batik

Jan 28, 2021

 

 

October 2020

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Rain Sticks / Rain Makers

Jan 28, 2021

In many cultures, summoning rain often included the use of musical instruments. One well-known example is a rainstick, an instrument that mimics the sound of rain. They are traditionally made from dead cactus tubes with cactus spines hammered to...

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Geometric Neighborhoods Inspired by Paul KleƩ

Jan 22, 2021

"Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.” – Paul Klee

In visual art, a cityscape is an artistic picture or representation of a city or urban area, and is usually created by first considering the lines,...

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No Drama Llamas

Jan 08, 2021

While researching sculpture project ideas for our Junior Apprentices to create in our Fall, Farm, and Fun class last September, I came across a lesson created by Marion Abrams and Hilary Emerson Lay from the Summer Art...

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Fashion Camp During Covid-19

Jan 04, 2021

In summers past, Fashion Camp at Art House 103 had been a hit, and usually sold out within the week that I announced the dates. But in 2020, Covid-19 was everywhere, which made working in my home studio impossible with young...

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Art House Arpilleras

Nov 13, 2020

According to Wikipedia, an Arpillera, (which means burlap in Spanish,) is a brightly colored patchwork picture made predominantly by groups of women. Arpilleras originated in Chile as an expression of protest against political and economic...

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