This winter, The Arts Center is hosting a Toys exhibit for the holiday season. For this show, I created an original soft sculpture toy inspired by my love for trees. Meet, the Little Baobab Buddy!
I have a set of principles that I work to ensure are present in all my community art programs. I believe these principles help make the programming I collaborate on with others interesting, engaging, and meaningful to participants.
- Person-First Programming
- Authentic Artistic Experiences
- Shared Power
I am so stinking excited for FALL!!!! And it’s here, finally, after several close calls up in the PNW, I feel safe in saying that the summer heat has at last given way to a crisp, clean, cool fall air. I love it: the colors in the trees, the rain, the harvest food, the festivities, and the art.
October, of course here in the Inky Space, is known as Inktober. This is particularly exciting for me because this is when I check in on my practice progress each year (or, it will be, starting with this year, since this is the 2nd year I’m actually working on being a professional artist).
I’m overall very pleased with the progress I can see in my own artwork. In my attitude about my work, I’ve seen change in my willingness to share work publicly, stick with project prompts, making time to complete projects, and bring my practice to a more professional level.
While my Inktober 2018 pieces are still very much sketches/ drafts, they are much further along the way to finished pieces than I normally devote myself to. That is my main goal this year: to create finished (or close to finished) pieces as much as possible.
All of my Inktober illustrations are lined with Pentel Ink Brush Pens and colored with Arteza Real Brush Paint Pens, and some fancy random ink like black light glow ink and opalescent inks. I’ve been working up pencil under drawings a few days in advance, so I can get through inking quickly. I think the next step toward finishing pieces ready for print or sale, would be to digitize or clean up edges, although I certainly wouldn’t mind selling original paintings in frames.
I’ll certainly have more to say on the Inktober process over the next couple of weeks… stay tuned!
Art-makingis like any other specialized activity. If a person wants to do it well, according to their own values and goals, it will take practice and skill-building. The last two posts in this series on arts education pedagogy will deal specifically with supportive habits for strong artistic practices.
Yesterday’s post was all about not looking at examples for projects in art educational environments. But it’s not meant to suggest to not look at art. Observing art and taking it in are vital to a thriving artistic practice. For me, it’s like drinking water: absolutely necessary for creative life.
Arts Education Week was started in 2010 by Congress, to recognize the significance of the arts in education. I have been an educator for nearly half my life; I’ve literally grown up with arts education. This is the 3rd installment of my series of posts about arts education pedagogy. This project is also a personal challenge to me to embrace my own expertise and practice illustration. Thanks for reading!
Moving right along on the circuitous journey through arts education pedagogy, today I bring you straight from my cranium to yours: don’t make examples, make art.
This is the next installment in a series of posts I am calling “The Art of Teaching Art” — true creative genius, right? Yesterday, I launched into a big ol’ spiel about vulnerability. Today, it’s about expectations!
In celebration of Arts Education Week coming up, I am putting out a series of posts about my own arts education practices and philosophies. Everyday for the next… many days, you can find all my deep inner thoughts about teaching and learning through art.
Credibility: I’ve been an art educator for 15 years… which is nuts, really because I’m in my early 30’s, so we’re talking about half of my life so far. Naturally, I’ve developed my own philosophy on arts education over that time, based on my observations of other educators, experience in what has worked so far and what has definitely not worked ever, and what I think can help the world think a little more creatively.
In this series of posts, I’ll ramble on about my own philosophies, and then top it off with some practical advice for arts educators and arts learners to enhance an artistic practice.
I’m a bit of a sketchbook fiend (maybe you can tell?). Sketchbook collecting and making is a bit of a thing for me… I’m not sure what the right word is to describe the euphoria of a new sketchbook. I like to touch the paper, flip through them when they’re new and enjoy the momentary purity of the pages.
If there’s a motif I typically return to, it’s fir tree silhouettes against a night sky. It’s one of my favorite peaceful images, so I’ve created this same scene in lots of different ways.
(a submission for the Bad Poetry collection)