Thursday, December 31, 2009

Let Me Introduce Myself

Happy New Year!
It's Christmas/New Years break and we have taken a couple weeks off from our regular art classes, so I thought I would take a second to introduce myself .
I've always liked to be creative and use my hands and mind to create things. Back in the day, I graduated from a little junior college (Rick's) in Illustration. I had hopes of going on to the Art Center College of Design to continue my education in art,
but life came along and swept me away.
However, my husband G. Bjorn attended the Art Center in Pasadena as
I became a mother of 4 boys.
We originally started teaching art in the studio at our home with success for three years.
Then in 2005 I went to work in an elementary school. I grew to love the teachers I worked with and the students. My favorite thing was being the school art specialist. Loved it! I decided to go back to school myself in 2007, and changed my major to Art Education.
In 2009 I had to quite my job at the school to finish up my degree. That is when we decided to start up the Youth Art Center, again.
I enjoy all kinds of art. I like looking for new and exciting projects, trying them myself and passing them on to the students. I love it when I can share with my students and they find an appreciation for creating art. There's nothing better.
In April I will have my degree in Art Education and be certified K-12.

Me with a couple of projects one inspired by Pop Art, the other a copy of a Derain painting in clay on canvas board.

Rexburg is a great little town and we hope that we can bring an influence of art and an appreciation of it to the community.
A big Thank You
to those who participate and support the
Youth Art Center.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tis the Season"

We wrapped up the year by painting  "Nutcrackers."
The students looked at an actual nutcracker, drew it in pencil, then painted it in acrylic.
I think they turned out very nice. They made the art studio festive for a short time. The students worked hard and used good craftsmanship. Thank you!

We've had an enjoyable semester and hope that you will join us again in 2010.

We will be adding two additional classes on Wednesdays, 6-9 year olds from 5:00-6 pm and Adult Oil Painting 7:00-9 pm.

Merry Christmas, we hope to see you in the studio in '10.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas families are involved with many projects and activities. Kids have hit and miss art classes. The lessons continue as kids complete one project and move on to the next, get behind, try to catch up... it's real world time.
These girls are working on a project called "Abstract Still". The students looked at the line and form of different objects and placed them overlapping on their paper to make a design. Then they come back in with color.  (Some of them did what they were told. You KNOW who your are.;) When it is complete you have a very colorful, fun picture. This project teaches them to draw what they see, and carefully study the shape and form of objects. 
Shailee, finally completed her animal drawing and is very proud of herself. Good job Shailee!

Next time I hope to have picture that apply to the season. This class started to draw Nutcrackers and are anxious to paint them when we meet again.

The older class will be working on tight pencil renderings that I hope to post the progress of soon.

Until then, hope to see you in the studio!