Inspiration - especially for those considering "Thinking with your hands"

Remember to contact kdick@gcma.org for more information about the workshop at the GCMA taking place November 15th 2014 in conjunction with a show of my work.  

Weekend Workshop with Artist Alice Ballard :: 11.15.14 :: Greenville County Museum of Art

Source:  www.gcma.org

Nov 15, 2014 - Artist Alice Ballard demonstrates critical drawing techniques in this process-oriented workshop, helping students explore and develop their drawing skills in translating ideas from the two-dimensional to t...

Clay branch inspires a drawing, a reverse process...

Clay branch inspires a drawing, a reverse process...

As line making of all kinds with all manner of drawing tools will be an essential part of this workshop, please consider joining http://www.pinterest.com/alicerballard/  and going to my board called "line".  I believe it will start you thinking about all the exciting possibilities of how exciting and how expressive line can be...

Rhododendron branch inspires the memory of a walk and a drawing

Rhododendron branch inspires the memory of a walk and a drawing

A day at school...

Teaching Middle School has become one of my passions.  Teaching 2 days a week keeps it that way!

Lucky me!!!!

Fall leaf water color resist.

Fall leaf water color resist.

This project is a study in observation (using real leaves chosen by the students), overlapping, warm and cool colors, contour line drawing, contrast, value and the technique of using oil crayon with watercolor to create a resist.

This project is a study in observation (using real leaves chosen by the students), overlapping, warm and cool colors, contour line drawing, contrast, value and the technique of using oil crayon with watercolor to create a resist.

Hanging the first big art project of the year has certainly allowed the 5th grade to make this new space their own! Did I mention they will be able to show them off for Grandparent's Day tomorrow.!

Hanging the first big art project of the year has certainly allowed the 5th grade to make this new space their own! Did I mention they will be able to show them off for Grandparent's Day tomorrow.!

You can probably tell that I am very proud of the joy, energy, individuality and creativity that went into each of these. Way to go 5th graders and thank you Allison for helping matt and mount this show.  I could not have done it without your expert help! 

You can probably tell that I am very proud of the joy, energy, individuality and creativity that went into each of these.

Way to go 5th graders and thank you Allison for helping matt and mount this show.  I could not have done it without your expert help! 

Coming soon! Information about "Thinking With Your Hands"

"Thinking With Your Hands" is a process oriented drawing workshop on November 15th, 10:30-4:30 in conjunction with my show that opens that day.  The next day there will be a talk and gallery walk through at 2:00 on November 16th, 2014.  http://gcma.org/contact/

In the mean time, check with Kim Dick, education coordinator, at the Greenville County Museum of Art if you have an interest in this one day workshop and see if you can get on her list.   <kdick@gcma.org>

Just as soon as the official information is put out by the Museum, I will put it on my blog....

Cooler temps are here! Time to share the other love of my life...

My garden!!! Though I have planted many things for fall, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, kale, beets, I am still harvesting tomatoes and beans. What a treat that has been or should I say "bean"!

Rose Bud inspecting the vegetable garden...

Rose Bud inspecting the vegetable garden...

I forgot to mention the amazing white eggplants we have had this summer, barely visible on the left, mid-way down. They are milder than the purple ones we discovered.  

I forgot to mention the amazing white eggplants we have had this summer, barely visible on the left, mid-way down. They are milder than the purple ones we discovered.

 

My grandmother introduced me the colorful colia plant.  I adore them for their color and hardiness.  I save one plant from each color variety to put in my greenhouse for the winter and start enough cuttings in the spring to fill the yard.  I simply root them in water and plant them in a small pot so they can develop a good root system.  Then I plant them in the garden.

My grandmother introduced me the colorful colia plant.  I adore them for their color and hardiness.  I save one plant from each color variety to put in my greenhouse for the winter and start enough cuttings in the spring to fill the yard.  I simply root them in water and plant them in a small pot so they can develop a good root system.  Then I plant them in the garden.

The cherry tomatoes have been prolific this year and have fed us and all my friends at school.  They are still going strong and make fabulous broschutto.  

The cherry tomatoes have been prolific this year and have fed us and all my friends at school.  They are still going strong and make fabulous broschutto.

 

Sedums are another hardy plant that I love year round...

Sedums are another hardy plant that I love year round...

Would you believe Roger built the greenhouse because the lime tree (a birthday present from his sister Linda) in the big pot, mid-right, grew too big to get in the house!   

Would you believe Roger built the greenhouse because the lime tree (a birthday present from his sister Linda) in the big pot, mid-right, grew too big to get in the house!