student work

Colleen & Michelle

I keep changing the publish date every time I update this collection of works. I don’t only teach kids. I have a couple of awesome students who come on Wednesday mornings.  Here are their first works.  You’ll enjoy seeing their

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Colleen & Michelle

I keep changing the publish date every time I update this collection of works. I don’t only teach kids. I have a couple of awesome students who come on Wednesday mornings.  Here are their first works.  You’ll enjoy seeing their

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Fauve, Baby

Kids made fauve pantings using gray scale reference. They had to match the values and choose whatever colors they liked.  Some kids just painted whatever they wanted for the second painting. Fun and loose.

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Fauve, Baby

Kids made fauve pantings using gray scale reference. They had to match the values and choose whatever colors they liked.  Some kids just painted whatever they wanted for the second painting. Fun and loose.

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Free Draw!

Kids worked so hard and learned so much with the self portraits, they get to have a few weeks of flexibility and freedom as far as subject matter goes, as we prepare for our show and auction on May 19.

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Free Draw!

Kids worked so hard and learned so much with the self portraits, they get to have a few weeks of flexibility and freedom as far as subject matter goes, as we prepare for our show and auction on May 19.

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Self Portraits

Once a year I do a unit on faces, expressions, and likenesses that culminates in the annual self portrait. These few weeks are when the kids work really hard and learn so much about everything: values and volume, lost and

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Self Portraits

Once a year I do a unit on faces, expressions, and likenesses that culminates in the annual self portrait. These few weeks are when the kids work really hard and learn so much about everything: values and volume, lost and

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Expression

We have a lot to learn when it comes to making expressions on faces. Kids started out making a dozen egg shapes and then drawing expressions on them. We talked about how the face communicates.  Then the kids learned about

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Expression

We have a lot to learn when it comes to making expressions on faces. Kids started out making a dozen egg shapes and then drawing expressions on them. We talked about how the face communicates.  Then the kids learned about

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Marching into Faces

For the next few weeks we’ll be working on faces: The differences between real faces and cartoon and anime faces; learning from the Masters, DaVinci and Vermeer; studying expressions, and for the grand finale – selfies. Here’s the work for

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Marching into Faces

For the next few weeks we’ll be working on faces: The differences between real faces and cartoon and anime faces; learning from the Masters, DaVinci and Vermeer; studying expressions, and for the grand finale – selfies. Here’s the work for

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Tropical Dreams

In the darkest month we go tropical. We listen to Calypso and Reggae music while we make some hot painting. We had a few new kids this week, so incorporated the good old Orange Lesson into the tropical theme. I

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Tropical Dreams

In the darkest month we go tropical. We listen to Calypso and Reggae music while we make some hot painting. We had a few new kids this week, so incorporated the good old Orange Lesson into the tropical theme. I

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Beautiful Birds

I love to teach the masters, as we have so much to learn from them.  Mike Beeman is one of my very favorite contemporary masters. With his impressive artistry and economy of stroke, he helps me so much in my teaching.  I can use

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Beautiful Birds

I love to teach the masters, as we have so much to learn from them.  Mike Beeman is one of my very favorite contemporary masters. With his impressive artistry and economy of stroke, he helps me so much in my teaching.  I can use

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Still Life

Drawing from life is the single most important thing for developing artistic skills. That’s why we do it all the time at the Top of the World. Here are this week’s gorgeous still life paintings.  

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Still Life

Drawing from life is the single most important thing for developing artistic skills. That’s why we do it all the time at the Top of the World. Here are this week’s gorgeous still life paintings.  

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