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Art Sale in the Garden...here we go again!

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Art Class in the Garden

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This last week I taught an art class in the garden every afternoon, with some kids in the neighborhood. One day I did a guided lesson in acrylics, to teach them a variety of techniques quickly. Here are their pear still lifes above, with an underlayer of red paint. Drawing on top of that in chalk is a great technique, as they can erase until they get something they are happy with.
 And finished paintings above. Pretty good for 5th-7th graders using acrylics for the first time, don't you think? I am not that experienced with acrylics myself. But the internet is an amazing resource. I found this tutorial very helpful. Pear Painting Tutorial
 On another day we worked in watercolor. I like to start off by  guiding students through a chart of different techniques. I think watercolor is the most frustrating media of all, it's so hard to plan ahead where to leave white space.
 Roo had a great time, soaking up all the attention.
When I wasn't teaching, I was either reading by our…

Astrid Lindgren Award: ISOL, and other summer stuff

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Take a look at this video about the 2013 Astrid Lindgren award winner... ISOL, from Argentina.
In case you don't know: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature, established in 2002, given by the Swedish Arts Council.
 Other art news: the Diebenkorn exhibit at the DeYoung is excellent, especially if followed by a picnic at Chrissy Field on a gorgeous summer day!
 I couldn't resist adding more wedding pics below...
 Beautiful bride...
 the perfect flowers for a wedding in 100+ degree heat...
Check out that Danish cake on the left, rings stacked up, like a crumbly cookie-full of marzipan. You take off one ring at a time and break it into pieces to eat.