Fun Projects

I get to make so many fun projects while I am teaching!  These were made during demonstrations with my class. We are doing a watercolor workshop now.  I do love teaching watercolor painting- it teaches patience, as you have to wait for layers to dry if you don't want your colors to bleed together; it teaches spontaneity as sometimes you have to literally go with the flow, and it teaches that sometimes mistakes can turn out to be good things.  My grandma Lois, who is a spectacular professional artist and my biggest artistic influence, used to play with watercolors and inks with me when I was little. We would throw down some paint, squish it by folding the paper, and look to see what it was, and then make it into an animal or creature.  This is a great activity for kids and adults to increase creative thinking and vision. 

I wish I was closer than four hours so my grandma and I could paint together more often!  Please visit her website here:

www.loiskirkwood.com

I made this cute platter and sent it home with my sweet sis-in-law who was visiting us from Italy.  I get to play with clay sometimes, and I love it, but I'm not as talented with clay as my colleague, Steve. 

Source: http://www.jordanswain.com