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June 19, 2012

Think of it as Summer Camp with Wine. For the past several years I have taught Introduction to Oil Painting on Monday evenings. I love it. It’s always so much fun to watch students noodle through drawing the still life and then painting it, solving all sorts of problems of composition, color, value and texture along the way. But this summer I am taking a break for six... more

June 17, 2012

Part two of a two-part series investigating the role, purpose and benefits of social media to artists and art appreciators.

Social media in itself can also be an art form and facilitate collaboration and create new methods and modes of art. It can also affect the amount of people or amount of time those people engage in an artistic endeavor. The National... more

June 17, 2012

This is a two part series about art and social media. This first part offers practical advice while the second part challenges the idea of art and the role social media plays in creating/affecting art itself.

The term ‘social media’ is a broad one and can generally apply to any web-based application or website where a community of people generate their own... more

May 31, 2012

As the school year is drawing to a close- our Mosaic project at Brent Elementary is entering its final stages.  We had a change of plans in our construction method and, at the suggestion of a parent, used tile glue instead of cement to attach the pieces to the cement board.  The mural is large – all together there are six panels of interesting shapes and bright colors... more

May 21, 2012

We just want to bang on the drum all day!

It’s May and I’m counting down to my favorite time of year. In just a few weeks Summer Adventure Camp begins! Camp starts June 18, but our game faces went on way back in November as we sculpted and composed a creatively ideal summer.

We will uncover the... more

March 29, 2012

Last Fall kids in the CHAW after school Murals by Kids for Kids class painted a mural for the children in Nyumbani, an AIDS orpanage near Nairobi, Kenya.

The children from Nyumbani sent about 50 pictures they had made.

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March 29, 2012

Two months of brainstorming and planning are behind us and we’ve finally started working on our public art project: a found object mosaic mural in the Urban Canyon at Brent Elementary.  My team of 11 ambitious second and third graders has taken on the huge project of designing and constructing a 9×5 foot masterpiece that will celebrate the unique and diverse ecosystem... more

February 29, 2012

CHAW’s private music program is growing with even more talented teaching artists, more available lessons, and more instruments! Instruction is currently available in piano, drums, voice, guitar, cello, violin, viola, and flute. Students of all ages have the opportunity to participate in Repertoire Classes and Recitals each session.

CHAW welcomes the newest... more

February 16, 2012

The interactive installations Find a Name by Aleya Best and Hopscotch: Don’t step on the line by Antonina Wenzler were created in the YAP Installation Art=BIG class grades K-2 as part of a study of line in space and inspired by the work of artists Andy Goldsworthy and Tony Cragg. Installations by the Grades 3-6 class are also in the process of filling the walls of the... more

February 10, 2012

Last night concluded my three Midnight in Paris events in celebration of CHAW’s 40th anniversary. Many thanks to CHAW and to the folks who joined me in the festivities. It was so much fun to think and play outside my usual instructor box with these short classes. And it was so gratifying to see what folks created. It really affirms the CHAW mission of providing more... more

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