Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Art-ing at the Denver Botanic Gardens

 I can think of few things I'd rather be doing than exploring nature's artistry and beauty alongside children!  Today I visited the Denver Botanic Gardens with several of my young friends.  Together we oooh'ed and ahhhh'ed over flowers, art installations and more.  Here are a few pics from our day...
This blown glass sculpture by Chihuly inspired the children to practice some observational drawing. The piece was titled, "Colorado, 2014" and we thought the name a bit dry so the children suggested a few more descriptive titles, including: Spike, Porcupine, Porcupine on Fire and Sunbeam.
 These two artists were inspired by a gorgeous foxglove growing in one of the Asian gardens.
 After some discussion we decided to round out our trip with a visit to the Koi Pond.
 It was a wonderful day in the city!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


It’s the end of school and what better way to celebrate our final days than with a Mexican fiesta and a studio restaurant?  It was a fun, festive, fabulous day.

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Art of Mistake making

"I made a mistake." A child stands before me, shoulders stooped, eyes downcast and speaks these words in a defeated whisper. I know it's time to pull out a book.
Beautiful Oops, by Barney Saltzberg, is one of my favorites!  Together we read how artists might respond to mistakes, mishaps or flaws.
So, how does an artist respond to unplanned problems that arise in the creative process?...
Creatively!!!!  In fact MISTAKES are possibilities in disguise that exercise our creativity and resourcefulness!  By the end of our story time her shoulders are thrown back with determination and confidence, ready to begin.
Here is another wonderful book celebrating the creative art of mistakes.

A photo peek at our studio week

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Art of Playful Learning: This Year’s Art Show

Thank you to all the families who contributed to making this year's art show such a huge success!  Your help with matting work, hanging art and sharing delicious food for our celebration made it all happen.  I am so grateful to each of you.  The show will be on display for two more weeks, so if you weren't able to see it during the opening please swing by the school for a walk through.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Cultural Festival

A day of celebrating the biomes of this beautiful blue dot alongside young children is a day well spent!  We had a blast!!!
Thank you to all the families who participated.  You make every day better.  If you weren't able to join us, here are a few pictures to illustrate the day in the studio.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

ABC Italian Bistro

In the kitchen area of the studio the children have enjoyed playing with these Italian dining materials put together by a former student on a work day.  To further their exploration, BJ and I created a pop-up restaurant called the ABC Italian Bistro... A for Angelina, B for BJ and C for children.  The children helped us make and serve spaghetti with pasta sauce, grated parmesan and breadsticks served up with peas and carrots.
 The children LOOOOOOOVED it!

We practiced the manners we have been learning throughout the year, including napkins in lap, proper volume for polite conversation and...
 Effective clean up strategies.
It was a bellisima day!