Art Class & NPM16: Haiku Day 13

Today I held my first private art lesson with the medium being collage. The students were two sisters, ages 11 and 10. We each had a great time! Neither of them had done much art with collage before so I created a project that I felt would be a nice introduction: creating collages inspired by "energetic" and "calm" scenes or elements from nature. It was certainly fun to watch the girls work on their projects and I couldn't be more pleased with their results!

The 11 year old created her "energetic" collage using the nature elements of shooting stars and stars, as seen on the left. The 10 year old created her "calm" collage with a tree, river and sunset!

Collage Class Finished Art 3-13-16

We didn't discuss how something "energetic"or "calm" are generally portrayed in art and design as I had initially intended to, but it didn't feel necessary when I presented the pile of decorative papers and various scissors (some had scalloped blades etc.). I was also just simply curious to see how they'd react to the first assignment altogether, without too much direction. And I feel they did a splendid job!

Studio Prep for Collage Class 3-13-16

The class was so much fun and wonderfully exciting that it inspired my National Poetry Writing Month haiku:

After learning more about the girls, I'm planning an assignment around one of their passions -- illustrating and writing comic strips.  Onto the next class!

Birthday Tribute Haiku: Dr. Jane Goodall

Today is Dr. Jane Goodall's 82nd birthday. She has inspired so many, including myself. I took a primate biology class my senior year of high school and remember being awe-struck by her fearlessness, observation, brilliance, passion and perseverance. She continues to speak and share her decades of experiences in the jungle, while calling upon each of us to own our individual responsibility in caring for and protecting our environment. For those with children and teens, I encourage you to read more about Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots community action programs. It's a wonderful way to inspire our youth and to keep Dr. Goodall's spirit prominent.

We owe so much to her grace and hard work bringing the world together in the name of Conservationism. I have taken a moment today to write a haiku in honor of Dr. Goodall. It's been combined with my very first collagraph, which was inspired by a riverbed. May each of us take a moment today to meditate upon her legacy and upon the importance of fighting for Mother Nature. 

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Happy National Poetry Month!

Happy National Poetry Month! Shortly after I started writing haiku and well before I wrote The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, I jumped into writing one haiku a day for all of National Poetry Month in 2013. I feel like challenging myself again so here we go! This particular haiku was greatly inspired by my daughter and is a bit unorthodox as there is a quote and a comma. ;) Day 1 NPM16

Piratess Tilly Nature Journal

I am busily working on a Piratess Tilly "Nature Journal." It will be made by hand and include 14-20 activities to encourage kids to explore as naturalists. The interior flap will have an envelope that stores the activity cards. I also plan on including a letter from Piratess Tilly on the first page of the journal! The cover is made from matboard and the interior paper is made of blank index cards. Here are a few pictures of the journals progress so far. Enjoy!

 

 

 

First Page Sample of Piratess Tilly

For our new followers here, on Facebook and on Twitter; I thought I'd share the very first page of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Piratess Tilly Page 1 Sample

 

 

Some favorite pages

I wanted to share some of my favorite pages from Tilly's expedition to the Galápagos Islands! Karen Watson's watercolor illustration of these whales is mesmerizing and stunning. And please don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

Piratess Tilly whale pages