Clay Vessels for all Seasons, workshop offered at the Bascom, Highlands, NC, June 6-10, 2016

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4 VESSELS FOR 4 SEASONS -  2014  

4 VESSELS FOR 4 SEASONS -  2014  

CLAY VESSELS FOR ALL SEASONS - This workshop was so popular, I am teaching a variation on this workshop but adding a some extras for those that want to take it again.

On Friday we all collected natural materials and created various arrangements that ranged from the formal to the wabi sabi. Some of my favorites were Corbin Tucker's moss gardens and containers for orchids.

On Friday we all collected natural materials and created various arrangements that ranged from the formal to the wabi sabi. Some of my favorites were Corbin Tucker's moss gardens and containers for orchids.

  • Mon, Jun 6, 2016 10:00 - 4:00pm  Fri, Jun 10, 2016 10:00 until 5:00pm
  • The Bascom Center for the Arts 

http://www.thebascom.org/

Workshop description - If you love clay and you love nature, this is the class for you!  We will be hand-building clay vessels for all that great "natural stuff" that many of us love to collect.  The Bascom is surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountain environment of Highlands, NC.  Paths along a nearby stream will be a great resource for collecting natural forms or texture for our clay forms... A trip to the local Botanical Gardens will be another fabulous source of inspiration.  Containers will be hand-built for Ikebana style arranging or less formal arranging, for mini moss gardens or for dry  arrangements of branches, grasses and pods.  Paricipants may choose high or low fire methods of working.  One day will be devoted to making Terra sigillata that can be used on low or high fire clay.  Between the atmosphere of the barn studio and the natural beauty of the Highlands, especially in June, most certainly it will spur our creativity to a new high!  I can hardly wait! 

I love this quote I just discovered....

"Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide."  D. W. Winnicott

On the subject of hiding... I took this sun face down outside my studio door recently to take to school.  I wanted to use it as an example for the students since they are starting this project in clay.  After removing it, I was startled to discover something on the wall that had been hidden by the sun face!

On the subject of hiding... I took this sun face down outside my studio door recently to take to school.  I wanted to use it as an example for the students since they are starting this project in clay.  After removing it, I was startled to discover something on the wall that had been hidden by the sun face!

There attached to the cedar siding was this precious, tiny brown bat!!!!  You can see his little ears at the bottom and his folded wings along side his inverted, furry, little body.  I was so surprised and excited to see this tiny fellow up close, that I had to show him (or her) to my husband Roger. Then, I carefully replaced the protective sun face in a way that would not disturb this tiny sleeper.... I still sigh when I think about it.  It seemed like such gift and a privilege to have such a lovely encounter.

There attached to the cedar siding was this precious, tiny brown bat!!!!  You can see his little ears at the bottom and his folded wings along side his inverted, furry, little body.  I was so surprised and excited to see this tiny fellow up close, that I had to show him (or her) to my husband Roger. Then, I carefully replaced the protective sun face in a way that would not disturb this tiny sleeper.... I still sigh when I think about it.  It seemed like such gift and a privilege to have such a lovely encounter.

Congratulations 5th and 6th grade students!!!!! The drawings you did are fantastic!

The drawings my students did in class this week show that they are really developing outstanding drawing skills as they learn how to be careful observers.  We started the project with a demonstration which they watched closely and with great patience I might add... Next they chose a fruit to draw and jumped right in!  This was a 30 minute project and you can see the results! I am very proud of the effort each student put into their drawings. The best part was watching them as they left class with a newly found confidence in themselves. This is a unique kind of self confidence that can only come from learning how to draw what you see. 

Did I mention that after 20 years, I have never grown tired of teaching middle school art! I continue to delight in the journey in art that the students and I take together every Thursday and Friday. A special part of working with this age is that we are constantly learning from each other. The discoveries we make, the risk taking we take together, along with the fun and the laughter still suck me right in to signing my contract for the next year...

5th Graders created these simple still-lives with one object. They learned how to take shape created with contour line and add value to create form.  

5th Graders created these simple still-lives with one object. They learned how to take shape created with contour line and add value to create form.  

They also learned how shadow and a "horizon line", like the edge of a table will keep their objects from floating...

They also learned how shadow and a "horizon line", like the edge of a table will keep their objects from floating...

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6th graders, in order to build on what they learned in 5th grade, choose 3 fruits, create a still-life, then draw it.  In addition, they divide the drawing.  Half will be black and white, the other half will be colored pencil.

6th graders, in order to build on what they learned in 5th grade, choose 3 fruits, create a still-life, then draw it.  In addition, they divide the drawing.  Half will be black and white, the other half will be colored pencil.

Drawings from my demonstration...

Drawings from my demonstration...

A MUST SEE if at all possible!!!!! Open for one more week until Sunday, January, 10, 2016, Georgia O'Keeffe and Independent Spirits at the Columbia Museum of Art

Today, Roger and I finally made it to the Columbia Museum of Art to see O'KEEFFE: HER CAROLINA STORY, along with INDEPENDENT SPIRITS: WOMEN ARTISTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA.  THE O'Keeffe show is small but intimate and powerful.  What I loved was the feeling of being in the presence of a young and brilliant Georgia O'Keeffe about to meet Stieglitz and be introduced to the world!  I am so happy I didn't miss this show.

 http://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/georgia-okeeffe

INDEPENDENT SPIRITS, though it may not have included some women artists in SC that I admire greatly, was exceptional and the pieces were well chosen and thoughtfully displayed, giving each work its own space.  All in all I was quite impressed.  I came away from the Columbia Museum feeling uplifted by the quality of the exhivition and proud that Tree Totem IX had it's place in the show...  If you have not seen the two shows, I think it is definitely worth your time to head for the Columbia Museum of Art soon!    http://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/independent-spirits

I would love to hear from you if you have seen or see these shows.  Of course we all have our own perspectives and I would love to hear yours...

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe

Tree Totem IX

Tree Totem IX

A cold weather beauty in the south - the elegant, delicate, yet extremely hardy, Camellia.

This Camellia is a special gift from artist friend, Jeanet Dreskin!  When she gently dug it from her own extraordinary garden, it was a mere 6 inches tall. Now, it is stands almost 6 feet tall and for the first time, is loaded with white blooms striped in something of a dry brush effect, with crimson and rose!

As you can see, this Camellia bloom is a real "looker"!

As you can see, this Camellia bloom is a real "looker"!

Presenting the 5th Graders' Dragon Tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy!....

An amazing collaboration!  Thank you CCES MS Arts Guild, 5th grade students and & volunteer parents. Thanks also to Diane Talbert, 5th grade writing teacher who helped her students create insightful and thought provoking mottos... Thanks also go to Cameron Construction and of course the Hyatt House Greenville! Festival of Trees is truly a holiday gift to our entire community of Greenville!

An amazing Christmas tree, a blend of tradition and modern art !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you Pinterest for this idea to paint magnolia leaves! Actually I would love to thank the person who posted this idea for one of the best projects I have ever done with my students! In this case, the entire 5th grade, collected and painted magnolia leaves to hang on a Christmas tree in their 5th grade commons.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined the magnificence of the resulting tree decorated with all their mini-leaf paintings! Each little leaf painting is a unique treasure!  I send my congratulations and thanks to each and every 5th grader for their enthusiasm and creativity.  The blend of the traditional with unusual resulted in a spectacular, eclectic and joyous 5th grade Christmas tree that will no doubt bring a smile to your face. This project will also make you want to run out and collect magnolia leaves to paint for the holidays!

Merci Beatrice, for the help and support you gave to this project.  It was such fun to share this experience with you...

What an amazing Thanksgiving it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The following images tell a story starting Thanksgiving day at Lake Wylie and ending up yesterday here in Greenville with our 2 amazing grandkids, ages 3 and 6!

Highlights include - making "Apple Turkeys", Jen's AMAZING dinner,  making forts in the back yard, decorating the trees, Lexie dressed up like Santa, cleaning the fish pond, a visit from the tooth fairy, making wood sculptures, a trip to Falls Park and last but not least, cake pops at Starbucks! 

Roger and I started this Monday feeling incredibly thankful for all the love, laughter and memories!  We are also planning to take a LONG nap this afternoon!

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Dragon parts headed for the FESTIVAL OF TREES at the Hyatt House Greenville!!!

This is a MUST SEE event during the holidays! It will be open to the public on Monday, November 29th. Look for the CCES Middle School tree decorated with fans and mottos created by the 5th graders.  

Congratulations to each and every one of the 5th graders for your beautiful, thoughtful and creative decorations.  I am so proud of your efforts and many thanks to members of the MS Arts Guild for their hard work that will bring all of this together into the most spectacular tree of the event!  If you don't believe me, go take a look...

Allison Spinks holding a section of a dragon that consists of hand painted fans over flexible dryer pipe.

Allison Spinks holding a section of a dragon that consists of hand painted fans over flexible dryer pipe.