I just cannot believe it has been a year of Covid-19 I must say it has drug on but also gone so fast. I have stayed busy learning and practicing polymer clay. This time has allowed me to take classes, experiment on my own and teach a variety of classes.
Zoom has given me a freedom to teach in my studio which has truly been wonderful but also a different feel in teaching. Sometimes while teaching I am just talking to myself and even answering myself. I found right quick you really need to be organized and have everything at your fingertips. Learning and teaching others polymer clay has made this stay-at-home time tolerable. If it were not for this and our vegetable garden, I do believe I might have gone bonkers.
Of course, getting "Red" our puppy has kept us busy. I had forgotten how much like a baby a puppy is, but he has been a pleasure and brought some joy and laughter in our household.
I taped a grouping of videos for Curious Mondo, and it is to go live during their Polymer Clay Symposium beginning February 5, 2021. This is a new experience for me for sure. You can register by clicking on the picture on the left.
This is such an exciting article I just had to share it with my everyone. I am honored and humbled by this lovely presentation. Thank you CALS (Central Arkansas Library System) and good luck with your reopening.
Well you can't say I lead a dull life....for an old woman I stay quite active!
My latest adventure is teaching Polymer Clay to beginners at the Artists' Workshop Gallery in Hot Springs, Arkansas once a month on Mondays due to the gallery being closed Monday-Wednesday during this COVID-19 Pandemic
We are social distancing and wearing masks which for the 3 hour session can be a bit of a challenge plus it is harder to talk with a mask on and the ole' glasses fog up. I limited the class tyo 5 so we could also social distance. I must say this has been a unique experience. The women taking the class have been wonderful and such good sports about the whole thing. We have moved fairly slow, slower than normal it seems like. Creating during this pandemic is a very strange indescribable situation. Seems you just can't be yourself and time is just so very different.
I did something new, started an Etsy Shop. I just had to try something different. Check it out at HERE
What do you do when you must stay home due to Covid-19. When confronted at first in March I worked out in the yard helping my husband repair and redo the patio, then put in raised garden areas, haul dirt for the garden, plan the garden, start seedlings and on and on...
I should really learn to create my own designs and make original cards on the Cricut machine.....still working on that off and on.......So then the Eureka Springs Art School and their local animal shelter had an online fund raiser which I participated in creating pet portraits and I thought it would be a good time to try that in Polymer Clay so I managed to do three for them
You know once I get the polymer clay out I just have to do more so I decided to see what kind of veneers I could create to make earrings and that lead me to writing a pdf tutorial and to create 2 videos which need some practice in order to get them to be better but I think there will still be time since we are almost into our third month! Note I posted one on my home page on my web site
I will have 75 earrings once they are completed with findings and all.
It just seems like all days run together and feels like I get nothing accomplished at all.....BUT writing this post has made me realize I really have accomplished quite a lot! Looking forward to the future most especially to hugging my grandchildren once again. Stay safe everyone.
Just spent a cold, rainy week in Texarkana but enjoyed every minute of it. For four days, four different classes I taught pastel and mixed media to some really great young adults at the Arkansas High School. The first day the students prepared paper with black acrylic and pumice for their support to paint the subject of outer space which I thought would be exciting to do. I really feel they got into it and did an excellent job.
The last two days were collaging on watercolor paper with different types of papers, (opaque colored papers, tissue, napkins and oriental papers) in a cruciform composition. The last day pastel was applied on the dry collage finishing up their compositions almost. Some outstanding pieces were accomplished. Here is a slide show of the happenings.
On Friday and Saturday I moved on into the adult side teaching for the Four State Regional Art Club. On Friday they learned the pastel mixed media like the high school and they did quite well also.Saturday was a little different working in Miniature Abstract mixed media in Watercolor. Guess I was just in a mixed media mood for that week. I was unsure how I would hold up teaching for 6 days and demonstrating one evening but I did it and felt like I accomplished a lot, along with teaching a variety of techniques and experiments to a great number of students. Here are a few pictures of the adults working hard.
I just posted a new workshop I will be teaching in Mt. View, Arkansas. Check it out Here
You know one thing I like more than teaching art is watching students create. I am just fascinated with their use of their hands in designing and putting together art pieces no matter what medium. I also like watching their faces as they think it through and study and even sometimes struggle. I suppose that is the reason I take a lot of photographs of students hands and faces while working. This week was no exception. The class was small but a mix of seasoned artist, watercolorist, and first timer in watercolor learning watercolor portraits from their photos. They were very busy since this was only a two day workshop at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View, Arkansas. What a relaxing setting at the school. Thanks for hosting the workshop and thanks to the students in attendance. Take a look at them in action.
It is really hot here making for a perfect weekend to create inside in the air conditioning. The Arkansas Arts Center in studio 6 had their air on high so we stayed nice and cool while working hard. This was a happy workshop but also a sad workshop since we were the last polymer clay class to be held in studio 6 in the "old" Arts Center School. The next classes will be located in the temporary school while the Arts Center is being re-designed. I really felt privileged to be one of the last workshops. Students created a stash of wonderful canes, made a small bowl with one of their canes and then combined several canes to make one larger cane. I felt they learned a great deal about caning they can take with them and practice. I did take some pictures during their progress which is in this slide show. Thank you Arkansas Arts Center for allowing me to teach this creative medium and spread the word about it. Thanks to a great group of women for taking the class. Yall were fun for sure!
Beautiful weather, good location and eager students all at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View, Arkansas. What more could I ask for when teaching. The workshop was March 15 & 16, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm but we actually worked a little longer. Everyone seemed to be in that creating and learning mode. I do hope I did not overwhelm them. If you know me then you know how excited I can get when I get my hands in polymer clay....excited, excited and more excited. I just want to let the world know how much fun it really is to create with this medium. I do hope the six students will find it really interesting and continue on with it. I took a few pictures so hope you will enjoy the slide show. Thanks Arkansas Craft School for inviting me once again to teach.
I am an artist who has been creating for many years in all types of media.