Thursday, July 24, 2008

William's Pirate Ship

After William (age 7) finished his project for the day last week, he decided he wanted to make his own story book about an imaginary pirate ship. His three page book was so adorable that I felt it needed to be shared. I'm a big fan of his pirate characters - with stern expressions like that, you know they mean business.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Vineyard Gazette Story

Last week the Vineyard Gazette sent a writer and a photographer to sit in on my art class at the gallery for a newspaper story. It was the week that the kids were learning about art from around the world, and Friday was mask making day. I had brought in photo examples of masks from all different cultures around the world, as well as some examples of masks from pop culture (aka Batman, Zorro, Lion King on Broadway). The story came out yesterday, and they did a wonderful job. I'm very happy with it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dear Miss Jackie

I have some of the cutest kids ever in my class. This was from Jake. His last day of class was last Friday.

Monday, July 7, 2008

More Menemsha Watercolor

The stone jetties in Menemsha are a lot of fun to paint and draw. This is from my travel watercolor sketchbook.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Make Your Own Treasure Map Day

In today's class, the kids got to make their own treasure maps (the same project that was so popular last year). I showed them many examples of old maps, both real and fictional, and also some beautiful reproductions of different designs for compass roses. After they drew and painted their map, I helped them age the paper using coffee grounds. I snapped a few pictures of some of the maps while they were drying.

A simple island, but make sure that you keep an eye out for the ominously named "Blodsand beach".

Those who venture into "Unforgiveibiel bay" should keep an eye out for piratical ruffians.

Here we have the always popular island of "Never Land". However, it seems that poor Peter Pan has been ostracized and the island is now equally divided, split down the middle, between Tinkerbell and Hook.

As you can see, the line clearly defines where Tinkerbell's land ends and Hook's part of the land begins. Tinkerbell has also graciously allowed the "Magic School" to conduct classes on her property.

While he doesn't have a Magic School, Hook can offer visitors "Hooks Fighting Ally". Just keep an eye out for the ferocious sea monster. He might say "Grr!" at you!

Beware to all who enter "The Island of Danger"! Here we have a wide variety of danger for thrill seekers who dare to try their luck.

Keep an eye out for the spooky inhabitants of "The Gost Room". People can also stop by the "Treasher map making studio" to make their own souvenirs.

And I don't think I have to tell you to look out for "The spooky old man's home". Rumor has it that the spooky old man bears a striking resemblance, both in appearance and mannerisms, to Christopher Walken.

Don't forget to visit "Zombi cafe" for a nice local cup o' joe.

"Night Island" presents us with a unique geographic formation. Here you will find such landmarks as "The Gulf of Night", "Wolverine Woods", "Snake Lake", and "Dark Shark Ocean".

And what map island would be complete without a ship full of pirates looking for treasure? "Land ho!"