It’s Hanukkah!

Hanukkah should be a big deal, if you have toddlers or young children. Why? Because we are all covered up in Christmas. The decorations are dazzling, the music is playing everywhere we go. It is everywhere. As a Jewish parent, Christmas was the worst time of the year because I had to explain why we…

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….

Wednesday Afternoon Art!

this class is so much fun because of the age differences–2nd-6th graders. this is the frog on bamboo art collage we’ve been working on for about three weeks. it is a mix of scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, watercolor & nail polish. we love to mix things up. today, we started making droids in honor of…

a fishtastic commission!

This is one of the best commissions I ever had. i love painting for grown ups, but…for children?! The very best jobs I’ve had–have been commissions for children. It is a time for me to play, to create things that children would point to & laugh at. Dr. Stephanie Steinmetz of Steinmetz Pediatric Dentistry & Dr….

teaching the artist to SEE…

this is my Monday, after school, art class…three 1st grade girls (my classes are no more then 3 children at a time, that i way, i get to create art with them)  i know these girls have been taught all day long, so i make my teaching very brief. At first, it is difficult to…

a museum in his pocket…

The title of this post was a story told to me by my father. Louis Rosenthal was walking around downtown Baltimore with his young son. A man stopped to greet Louis & said to Louis’s son, “Your father walks around with a museum in his pocket” I love that my own son has a drive…

art class decoupaged birdhouses

the boys that made these were 6 & 7 years old. Pick a theme, find illustrations/scrapbook paper, magazines, cut out, paint birdhouse close to theme color, let dry, then use Mod Podge on the back of image, apply to birdhouse, again apply Mod Podge on top…when all images are on, paint 2 coats of Mod…

my Bat Mitzvah speech to my daughter

  Most people fall into categories to define who they are. I believe it is my nature to try to simplify my life by putting labels on things and on people. I tried to do so with you. When you were 2, I once watched you stack your wooden blocks into towers, red up, animals…

art class creations

We worked on mosaics today, using paper squares. They tore up a race car like a puzzle & rebuilt in on top of the mosaic. The bottom three was a project about texture. The kids used a pallet knife to paint & then added bits of paper. They also pressed different textures into the wet…

ready for a good laugh? My art class

At the beginning of all my art classes, the children learn to draw something, some times we ink & color it.  The younger the child, the simpler the subject.  I usually chose animals.  Animals that can be  drawn by using basic shapes. Yesterday, I had three boys. The youngest is in kindergarten.  The oldest is…