A Bird’s Eye View of Art
Bird “Houses” ~ Bird Nests: The animal kingdom is very resourceful...a look at bird’s nests reveal an art form, endlessly interesting. Tiny tailor birds surprise us with their construction skills and art.
For this Saturday Art Adventure Class, we shall look at seven nests:
1. Tree Swallow, 2. Golden Masked, 3. Tanager, 4. Spotted Nightingale, 5. Thrush, 6. Caspian Tern, 7. Hoary Redpoll, 8. Swainson’s Thrush, & 9. Verdin
Sweet Pieces - sturdy for being such tender little things, catch our eyes. We shall attempt to reconstruct from photographs our favorite “art house”. The house finch is Miss Lani’s favorite - flashy and colorful. We as earth-bound humans have always been inspired by birds’ ability to fly, we will explore wonderful nests, books and hear tales told around the world that celebrate birds.
HUGE -- VIBRANT -- We love David Hockney’s canvases, art-making and color chords!
We will paint large-scale abstract art today. Hockney’s inventive paintings teach us to delve into our art making with deep brilliance of color chords! His line and texture dynamics are so rich that we shall want to continue the entire day and into the evening...Samie Dowd Warren loves this artist like none other. Our advanced student is thrilled to realize we shall, today, highlight his work and plan to along with her little sister, Nina, enjoy the artist and our class.
Hoola Coola Day
This is our annual day to “laugh at the cold” with a luau dance and art party highlighting a morning of FUN! Put away your winter parkas, unpack your summer swimsuits and flip flops, for it’s limbo time!! This adventure is always popular because it is fun to dream of being warm again. We reach for the SUNSHINE - paint it, create it and enjoy it today. Aloha! Sunglasses, a must!! A beach towel, if you would like. Hawaiian leis are going to swing around our necks...for it ‘tis a HOOLA COOLA DANCE and art party day!!
World Whale Day
Let us celebrate the majestic beauty of whales. A special day is set aside each year in Maui, Hawaii to honor the humpback whales there. Why not a Cape and Islands Day that we advocate? We are surrounded by these beautiful creatures and our whaling and maritime history on Martha’s Vineyard offers depth, reverence and layers upon layers of stories, songs and examples of bravery. Our year round artists have beautiful ancestors with whaling voyages chronicled by captains and multi-generational family traditions and legacies to share! Whaling created the path for America’s founding to subsist and remains vital to New England’s strength and balance.
Charles Darwin - a Children’s World Hero
An international celebration of science and humanity combine today to honor Darwin’s birthday, February 12. Science literacy...humanization of such and adventurous spirits will be the broad scale discussed with the children today. Internationally, scientific work by the Charles Darwin Research Stations in the Galapagos Islands will be shared. Remarkable and important - their studies of tortoises astonish children as to the amount of creative force these creatures on the small, barren and rocky Galapagos Islands exude. Miss Lani will offer photographs of her travels there, three years ago. Let us never forget that some things DO NOT need to justify their existence, because they are priceless. Too much in our world is measured by economical value - National Parks whether in the Galapagos Islands or in Yosemite are fighting for survival; as are Marine Reserves all over the world. May we be mindful...and CARE...care about animals, art and science.
Spring Spring Double Fun!
We plan to hold a spring fling! Wreath and garlands will be woven from flowers. Our children’s garden will be laid out - a sketch, a plan from each artist’s view will be created. Seeds will be planted in peat pots in order that we may observe the beauty of the sprouts and their reach to the sunshine. (Our indoor planting will be transferred to our children’s garden in early June.)
We will create wreaths for animals - woven with ethical food as well - and place these in the environ here for our animals to nibble on; for it is Be Kind to Animals Week. Our wild friends, as they flutter their wings and as they fling their hooves, claws and paws need sustenance at all times of the year. We shall surprise them, now and as they approach our “treats”, they will undoubtedly sense children are near. A walk on our Red Diamond Trail will round out our fun morning...do come...do join our beautiful spirit, here, for the animals need us.
The Dolphin Way
Of all animals, there may be none so creatively expressive as the dolphins, with their whistles, chirps and clicks. Remember the story of Winter, a true story of a dolphin given an artificial tail. Well, Miss Lani visited her in Clearwater Florida, 2 years ago, - and all is true about Winter’s amazing resiliency, zest and life. Pictures will be shared and portraits painted of this loveable species that children rank first; first in their hearts!
Here’s to Incredible Kids
April is the month of the young child. In order to promote awareness of the importance of children and their needs - we shall look at the International Year of the Child Bill of Rights, composed in 1979. In Salzburg, Austria, the World Health Organization, Canada and Austria hosted the conference known for drafting this document. Miss Lani was a delegate, as was her daughter who sat on a youth panel with 10 children from all over the world!!! Yes, to action - yes to support - yes to children! Advocacy for children is in our hearts and spirits here in the Children’s Studio and we plan to complement all families and children who make up our “art family” with nurturance and positiveness! Attaboys, attagirls - our kindnesses and manners transcend all relationships in emotionally literate ways. Yes, to children and their authenticity. Paintings of children from all over the world will be created! A mural for all to see - you got it!!
March 18 National Puppy Day Today we celebrate puppies for all the joy they bring to our lives. We hope to learn, as well, how to educate ourselves about the need for more Americans to adopt animals in need. Kittens are also going to be sketched and included, for the puppy’s barking, bounding and bellowing is often associated with meows – meows! Rascals – yes! Calder will inspire us to do some wire sculptures - similar to the Clarabelle piece done by Steve Lolhman. Animals in Art - we love the dynamics. Bring your hearts and stories about your puppies and kittens…and we shall listen.
The Power of His Nature -
Vincent Van Gogh’s Birthday
We shall celebrate this wonderful artist’s birthdate, March 30, 1853. Many of his famous paintings enshrined in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will be viewed by all of us on this day. We will be screening the rustic, panoramic landscapes of Auvers, deeply rooted in his “Wheatfield with Crows”, as an example. The power of nature had long sustained the artist...and many days that we paint together, are a result of our love of nature, as well. We will paint with brilliant colors today!
Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh!
We Love Books An Especial Author’s View
Celebrating International Children’s Book Day.
April 12 is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen and today we commemorate this great story teller and the international aspects of children’s literature. Illustrations will be viewed of this famous author/illustrator! While on sabbatical in Europe, Miss Lani visited the author’s home and village and enjoyed the Danish people’s love for this great man of literature. Miss Lani’s college roommate was from Skona, in southern Sweden. The love of the Scandinavian culture runs deep in her heart...some of which will be “given away” to you today. Every child will go home with a book today by Hans Christian Andersen.
Bark in the Park
A lovely actor and volunteer for our Island Animal Shelter will sketch and paint with us today. Diana Muldaur leads efforts to educate and nudge “action” to assist rescue animals. Our “s’more love” that cares for endangered species is in our hearts as we focus on our own Edgartown Shelter’s needs...and the pets who wish for loving homes. Seven years ago, our children painted wonderful outlines of dog’s faces and dog’s portraits for the Edgartown Center. “Moon Dogs”, we called each of them. We loved the experience. We will love the experience anew.
World Penguin Day
A day of awareness for these amazing creatures is celebrated by many conservation groups. Penguins spend 75 percent of their life at sea. They can dive to 1,850 feet. There are 17 species of these flightless birds. Annually on April 25, the Adelie penguins begin their northward migration in Antarctica. One of our own young artists, Broden, is our research expert on Penguins! We will ask his wise assistance and also enjoy the NEW Princeton Press book about Let’s create a family on canvas forever to cherish. “Way up north...in the ice and snow...”
Join Hands Day
A day to pledge “artful” kind of volunteering that brings youth and adults together to improve our Island community. Children are submitting their original ideas in January - we will cast a vote and determine the project “to be”. Stay in touch - an announcement will be made. We are gearing up our energies to do something “very cool” and purposeful in early May. Can’t wait for the all morning project that promotes “together we sure can” make a difference.
Painting with Mosaics
Mosaics are a free, expressive and forgiving medium. Using mosaic tesserae (glass, stone, pottery, found objects, mirror and china) we will create painterly compositions that children love.
Realistic or abstract - each child will imagine their design and enjoy their result. Self-expression at its best. Art is in our HeARTS!
National Day of Hope
We are going to link with David’s House at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center once again. We aim to commit to mobilize and assist children in need who are hospitalized in this medical center. Templates, sketches and a box of our favorite paintings that spell “HOPE” will be hand carried to the David’s House staff for distribution to young cancer patients that radiate much resilience in light of their serious prognoses. Children linking with children – we are only as strong as our links, intertwined. Surely, we desire to give more hope. No child should ever be alone or without art. Ya gotta have it and we’ll share it.
A Painter’s Paradise
Monet loved the hills and flowers that surrounded the Seine versus all the noises and lights of Paris. For Monet, urban life had lost its appeal...and Giverny became his paradise. Humble and private Monet never expected that many European and American artists would find inspiration at Giverny. The paths of the French Master and these artists did cross and surprising results ensued. He invited friends to make the trip, visit him and paint together. The artful beauty ~so abundant!
We will look at John Singer Sargent’s painting, Caillebotte, Cezanne and Renoir’s works of art. We, in our Children’s Studio, celebrate daily the sparkling freshness of color! As if in his garden, children will paint what “they see” from the gardens at Giverny that touch their hearts. The Beauty we will then view from these young artists’ works of art.
Think Flowers...Tulips...The Netherlands
O, the splendor of the colors, past and present!
Dutch virtues - simplicity, routine, the care of home and farmland.
Rembrandt’s contribution to this Golden Age of Art Making is also very significant.
Alexandre Dumas’ paintings of tulips showcase the colored flowers that span landscape after landscape today, when in the 1600’s it was considered a real challenge to grow just one tulip- a tan-colored tulip. Many artists have married Dutch art designs based on the painting and rich, deep color chords of Piet Mondrian; Yves Saint Laurent is an example of these inspirations.
We will embark on a journey of sorts and while painting, let us not only learn “how to do” Dutch masters - old and new, but let’s visit the “new” Rijksmuseum after its completion last year of a 500-million-dollar renovation. Miss Lani and many of our families have visited this magnificent museum and look forward to return to be enriched by this 10-year renovation of a treasure for all. We have families in our “art family” who live in the Netherlands and families here who visit their “homeland” regularly who presently have children enrolled with us. We honor their heritage. Paintings - in acrylic and oil will be mounted on our easels as we take to the joy of learning from Amsterdam’s masters. We are ready to be inspired, once again. Art fulfillment is our gain.
Color your World with Collage Robots
A recognizable shape - we will vary the size, shapes and colors, backgrounds and embellishments - however our robots will “rock”. Ten collages each will be created - children will delight in a series so original and colorful to enjoy and use to play.
Absorbed...happy...we may catch ourselves having way too much fun!
Beach houses, hearts are possibilities if we may find ourselves unable to stop the joy these variations propose for us. Spontaneous - intuitive - art making fills our hearts, tickles our hands!