Cats are smarter than dogs

This is Juju (short for Judah). Stunning, isn’t he? Juju loves art. I have a dog too…he has no interest in art. He likes to lie under his hanging leash, trying to guilt me into another walk. No matter how many times i’ve walked him. I can also find him chewing rocks in my backyard….

plant cuttings can be an art form

this is a cool shot glass i found & bought all they had. I do love smaller vases for flowers. vases too big can be clutter & expensive to fill. i posted, a couple a weeks ago, this plant in a mason jar. the jar was filled with rocks. well, like my mother, i love…

fail proof abstract painting for kids

Oil pastels base is oil, wax is the base of crayons. both refuse to accept water. the old oil & water don’t mix is proven in this wonderful fun art project. i begin the class with showing the children a cup with veggie oil & add water…kids love to watch them separate. i then explain…

Who is watching your front door?

i have an owl, whoooooooom i borrowed from my son. i found this wreath at a thrift store (thrift stores are a fantastic way to make art out of old), a few years ago, for $3. a great find, i cut the pealing red ‘berries’ off-some where showing their white undersides. i decided to make…

making my OWN dreidels

my dreidel isn’t finished yet…i might share how i made it later. but the coolest part? the ‘stand’ is a Christmas ornament holder-the shape is how we illustrate spinning. the stand gives us (sort of) an illusion of movement. this isn’t intended to be played with, just for pretty. you know…i had to send my…

I am changing how we celebrate Hanukkah.

Pretty audacious, right? well, i am tired of tiptoeing around what is right & wrong with how to celebrate Hanukkah. i grew up in Vermont with two parents, my father is Jewish & my mother converted. We grew up celebrating both Christmas & Hanukkah.¬†we got a Christmas tree. perhaps a day or two before Christmas….

fun magnet art project…gifts, for lockers, fridges

super easy project. you’ll need glass that is flat on one side, rounded on the other (found at craft stores or dollar tree), magazines, Mod Podge, scissors… if i wanted to do a kitchen theme for a cook, i would look for food pictures in magazines. i choose this one. Mod Podge the flat slide…

love you to the moon & back– an art project

love you to the moon & back…i found these words in a catalog, a photograph of a kids room, with the tiny painting of love you to the moon… this art project made me look at EVERYTHING in a whole new way. i save some cool catalogs, but i never thought, nor could i afford…

why i teach young children to draw aLiEns & MonSteRs

i teach art classes in my studio. the youngest is 18 months & the oldest…well, i’m not going to tell you my age. the toddlers & children teach me how to be fearless-when it comes to putting any media to paper. the children teach me how to find humor in almost anything (“how do you…

what boys say…

always¬†sometimes make me smile. My art class boys arrive at my studio before i do. The boys decide to play basketball while they wait. I park in the garage & go to the front door to let them in, as i do, i notice that i have a WHITE POPPY! “Oh, gosh boys, isn’t it…