Glass Christmas Trees

Merry Christmas to all of you!  I hope you are enjoying this time with your families and friends.

Here is a look at our last project of the year.


We made  Glass-Fusion Christmas Tree Candle holders as our yearly Christmas presents.

The kids love making presents this time of the year.

They turned out just beautiful.


I loved this project so much, that my family made them as a special momentum from this Christmas.


Enjoy your time together. We will be back in classes on January 24th.

Much love,


Sumi-e Ink Paintings

For our last project of the year, the Wednesday night teen class created Sumi-e Ink Paintings.


Sumi-e is a Japanese word that literally means “Ink Picture.” “Sumi” is the ink.   Adding “e” makes it “ink picture.” The art of Sumi-e originated in China about 6000 years ago as Calligraphy. Calligraphy led to painting pictures.   

We added some wax resist into our project to make it more interesting.

The students really enjoyed this project.  Here is peak at some of their work:






Snowmen and Perspective – Part II

For our last class of the year, my Tuesday afternoon Elementary students drew Snowmen and learned about perspective.  These are my youngest students and this was totally new vocabulary for some of them.


They learned about one-point perspective and vanishing points:

  • A drawing uses a one-point perspective when it contains one vanishing point which is on the horizon line – at the artist eye level.
  • Vanishing point: the point at which something that has been growing smaller disappears altogether.

They did a great job and created some fun art for their families:







Crossing our fingers for some real snow for Christmas.



Take a Walk in the Woods – Favorite Mountains of Patagonia

I heard it was International Mountain Day – it doesn’t take much of a prompt for me to share some of my favorite mountains.


Actually these are just some of my favorite mountains from Patagonia – I might crash the web if I uploaded ALL of my favorite mountain photos.


Honestly this was one of the best weeks of my life – how lovely to spend an afternoon strolling in a valley and taking the time to appreciate all of the immense beauty of the world, and to capture it with my camera.




It reminds me of a favorite quote:

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” –Henry David Thoreau.

Skip the mall today, create a homemade gift and go for a walk. Everyone will be happier in the end.


And stay warm.




Have a great week!



Snowmen Perspective

The Christmas Lyrics “baby it’s cold outside” keep going through my head as I prepare this post.  Maybe that’s because we had our first real snow of the season last night and I spent the morning drinking coffee and watching the snow dissipate.


Perfect timing for our Perspective Snowmen lesson in the Wednesday Elementary Art Class.   We drew Funny Snowmen as part of the exercise.

What we learned

One-Point Perspective and Vanishing Points:

  • A drawing uses a one-point perspective when it contains one vanishing point which is on the horizon line – at the artist eye level.
  • Vanishing point: the point at which something that has been growing smaller disappears altogether.

Our Artwork







Success is in the Details

  1.  Create the HORIZON LINE by folding the paper in half horizontally.
  2.  Draw a line from the horizon line to the top right corner of the paper. Do the same below the horizon line
  3. Fold the right hand side of the paper over the drawing and draw a very light vertical line with the pencil through the middle of each snowman.
  4.  Starting on the right with the vertical lines as your center point, draw a large snowman placing the base as close to the bottom line as possible, adding the top of the snowman so it reaches the top angle line, and filing in the middle section last.
  5. Continue to make each snowman skinnier as you go.
  6.  The closer the object is to the viewer, the bigger the object will be in the drawing. Draw a large snowman in the foreground at the very bottom of the paper that reaches up to and over the horizon line.
  7.  Draw a snowy path below the lower angle line.
  8.  Trace the snowmen with medium black markers.
  9. Trace over the horizon line and draw mountains and a moon in the background. Erase other guidelines.
  10.  Finally add some personality and color to your snowmen.

The kids loved this project!  Maybe all of these snowmen convinced weather nature that our kids needs an actual snow day!  Enjoy your day off.