2 days ago
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Sculpey clay or similar
sticks cut to 12"-14" size
nature or themed findings to press into clay
acrylic paint and brushes
individual damp paper towels
damp rags for finger and table clean up
covered work surface
This is a 2-3 day or 2-3 session project, to allow for time to bake the clay pieces and do the tie on process.
Bake clay, following package directions, and cool. Apply acrylic paint on one or both sides of the clay. Before it dries, wipe most of it off, leaving the deepest color in the indentations. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get this process right. It's OK to re-paint and wipe again if too much comes off. (it might be a good idea to do a test run at home first so you can advise and show the process.) I make sure each student has a damp paper towel for this. I also have damp rags placed down the middle of the table for strategic finger and table clean up. After each one is done, allow them to dry on the paper plates.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I just realized that I did not put up any pictures of our July Fourth party. This day is a much anticipated yearly tradition for us and our friends. We have a pot-luck, fireworks and lawn games. Soooo fun. Attendance usually hovers around 100. (110 this year.)
Ann and Son D.
Some darling blond Benzes. (Top three and this one.)
Cousin Julie and Mom. See a resemblance?
The dads grill. (Husband, Larry and Lee)
Lots of relatives...
More dear relatives.
More good friends.
Dad and Mom
Enjoying the company.
Me and darling Alethia.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
Part of the trick with managing littles in an art class is to over plan your crafts. I try to always have several small "filler " projects ready. Some kids will get done quickly, and they can learn to do more work on their craft or learn to wait a little, but sometimes EVERYONE gets done quickly, and that is when the filler project can save your day.
This darling paper plate whale was a great time filler. I found the pattern at Krokotak.com. I pre-cut and folded them, the kids colored them and we helped glue on eyes at the end .
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Husband had Soybean meetings for a couple of days in Minneapolis, so I went along. Moon over Minneapolis as we drove up the first day.
One evening after a supper meeting, we walked back to our hotel. These great sculptures were in a park by the Convention Center. The armature was covered by recycled pop and water bottles and other recyclables.
One night the meeting and supper was at the Mill City Museum. It was a lovely venue.
The river was very high and the view was beautiful.