‘Tis the Season

Pondering what to give for this holiday season? Take a peek at my latest in jewelry and stationery! From left to right, clockwise: Mother and daughter bracelets, unisex lava rock and cork bracelets, freshwater pearl necklace, wooden bead and jade stone bracelets, “Merry” linocut print card (black), “Merry” linocut print card (red)  Available for purchase…

Can the Arts Enable Your Child to Become the Next Great Innovator?

Do you believe art and innovation go hand in hand? I certainly believe there is a correlation. My Mom has always valued the arts and strongly believed that exposing me and my sister at an early age would help us think more creatively and originally in all subject areas. We both learned how to play…

Make the Arts a Part of Your Life!

The Dance and the Circus, Marc Chagall   Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite quotes by Kurt Vonnegut. “Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your…

Watercolor Resist

One of my favorite things to teach my students is the concept of “watercolor resist”. Crayons, as it’s made from wax, will repel watercolor paint. Using white or lighter colored crayons first to draw, then painting over it with a darker shade using watercolors will really make the drawing pop! I always encourage mixing media;…

New Bracelet Styles are Here!

I’ve designed new earth-toned styles using genuine semiprecious stones (including tiger eye, quartz, turquoise, agate, onyx, freshwater pearls, lava rock). They’re available for sale at Leclair’s General Store, and come in both adult and kids’ sizes. They look awesome layered! Check them out and browse around while you sip on our delicious Hatchet Coffee (this…

Mix it Up!

Today I came across a GREAT book for kids that combines art and literacy. Using stimulating and simple visuals, the author makes it super easy for children to learn about mixing colors. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about this confusing concept that two colors can indeed, make another awesome color! After reading,…

Eco-Crayons

I got my son Jack these Eco-crayon sticks (by Eco-Kids) made out of natural beeswax, and he colors with them daily. These crayons glide on so smoothly and come in pastels as well as vibrant colors. 100% pure beeswax, 100% natural soywax, and completely non-toxic! I always try to find products that are better for…

What is Your Form of Expression?

I find Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II) by Wassily Kandinsky to be influential. His expression is so organic and free with bold colors and energetic lines in this painting. Kandinsky has written that music is the best teacher of all the arts, because it has “devoted itself not to the reproduction of natural phenomena, but…

Art Haiku

I’ve mentioned previously how much I love the integration of art and literacy. This is a fun, educational project for both children and adults. 1) First, create a haiku. What is a haiku? The haiku originated in Japan and is a verse written in three lines. The haiku does not rhyme. Instead, the haiku sets…

Sponge Printmaking

After viewing Claude Monet’s beautiful French Impressionist paintings, I decided to create a lesson inspired by him. This week, my students will be using sponges to create their own landscape prints. Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet As you can see, Monet’s paintings are very textured. My students will create the…