Thursday, December 29, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Thanks again! Next post will be back to some artsy stuff!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Our holidays are filled with artsy endeavors! One of my favorites is making and decorating gingerbread cookies for my husband and his family. The recipe is my husband's, long ago given him by his mother. When he first introduced them to me, he was a gingerbread purist - he believed that they should have raisins for eyes and buttons, and that's it.
And of course there's the standard size gingerbread boys.
Happy Holidays, everyone!!!
Monday, December 12, 2016
Among the workshops I attended was a hands-on workshop on glass etching. I chose a simple design to etch, in order to finish it in a short time, since I was trying to fit a lot into my conference schedule. And what I discovered was that it was easy! And fun! It's not something I would do with elementary students (the presenter does this with a high school glass class), but I thought it would be a fun adult craft night activity. It requires a minimum of materials and was not hard to be successful.
On Friday night at the convention, there was an "art party" with hands-on activities. One of those included using alcohol ink and other paints to decorate tiles. Here's what I made. Since then, I have sprayed them with a gloss sealer.
There was a display of student artwork at the conference, with a lot of lively and interesting work. Here's a few pieces that particularly intrigued me, from elementary through high school.
I absolutely love the kindergarten painting below!
And this print below is amazing, but became even more amazing to me when I discovered it was done by a 4th grader!!
And this drawing below just makes me smile.
And a fabulous expressive piece:
Every year, I'm in charge of the "Bling Your Badge" table. I came up with the idea about 4 or 5 years ago, and we've doing it ever since! It's a favorite place at the convention. The pic below is a bit of aftermath...
And a couple of name tag closeups that have some terrific 'bling'.
A couple of people stopped by the table to show off the "art-bots" they had created in a workshop.
And of course there was a bit of art teacher funky fashion and accessories.
Dramatic in black and white
Look at the heels and bottoms of these fabulous shoes!
I think that's it for my convention sharing, until I go to the NAEA convention in NYC this coming March! Maybe I'll see you there?