Slab Built Ceramic Heart Boxes

February’s theme was hearts and clay at PFA Studio.  The Wednesday Elementary Art class made slab built ceramic heart boxes. First we learned about clay and using the slab roller.  We used my Shimpo Slab Roller that I absolutely love! Then everyone rolled out their own slabs. Cut the top and bottoms of the ceramicsContinue reading “Slab Built Ceramic Heart Boxes”

Day 3 – Shooting on Manual

For our last day of photo camp, we put the concepts from the days before together and shot in Manual Mode.  All photos in this post are by students of the photo camp. We ventured out on this very cold today into the beautiful neighborhood of Hollywood Hill.   And visited the farm and floralContinue reading “Day 3 – Shooting on Manual”

Day Two – Photo Camp Shutter Speed

Today we braved the cold and ventured to Kenmore Air to practice Shutter Speed.  All photos in this post were taken today by students.   SHUTTER SPEED:  Controls how long your shutter stays open for, and so also controls how much light reaches the sensor. Leaving your shutter open a long time, smaller number, willContinue reading “Day Two – Photo Camp Shutter Speed”

Aperture – Day 1 Photo Camp

Today was the beginning of our three day mini photo 101 camp.  As we are learning to take our camera’s off auto, we focused on Aperture Today. The photos in this post were taken by students during the workshop today. APERTURE:  The aperture of a lens is how wide the lenses opens when you takeContinue reading “Aperture – Day 1 Photo Camp”

Olympic Tributes

The youngest elementary art students completed some mixed media tributes to the 2018 Olympics. The figures were designed after the Olympic Pictograms. They were harder to assemble than you might think – requiring measuring and placement of body parts. We also learned a little about the Olympics. And as always, had a lot of fun.

Teen Landscape Watercolors

The teens completed their landscape watercolor paintings. There were a lot of lessons wrapped up into this project. We started with an introduction to watercolor painting and all of the different types of marks you can make with watercolor. We learned about color mixing and painted our own colorwheels. We also had an in depthContinue reading “Teen Landscape Watercolors”

Acrylic Ice Cream Cone Paintings

I think my students are picking up on my love of colors. I may have said this once, or a hundred times, but most importantly I want my students to have fun and positive experiences while they explore art. But, I used to be a lawyer, and that Type A side of me is alwaysContinue reading “Acrylic Ice Cream Cone Paintings”

Strolling in Paris

Strolling in Paris 16 x 20, Oil on Panel $1200   New Series:  Walking Home I have been searching for a way to combine my love of photography, travel and painting. A couple of years ago, I was on a service trip in Nicaragua walking down what was honestly a filthy road filled with trash.Continue reading “Strolling in Paris”