Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

This is the first time I've interviewed a child artist. But I thought it was appropriate, as I am featuring her beautiful work for Father's Day. Meet Hannah:

How old are you? 
7 years old

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A Teacher

What is your favorite subject in school? 
Reading, Math and Art

What do you do for fun? 
Art and swimming

What do you like to draw the most? 
Nature and snow fall

What medium do you prefer to work in (painting, markers, crayons)?
I like painting the best

Why did you draw a bird for Father's Day? 
I just had the idea in my head to draw a bird. I was going to draw a shark with 2 baby sharks, but instead I thought of a bird, and that's what came out!

When do you like to draw (morning, night)?
In the morning.

Where do you like to draw? 
Outside. I like feeling the fresh air and it helps me to think of ideas.

Anything else you'd like to share?
I love you Daddy! Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


My daughter's class learns about different character traits by drawing pictures and writing about each one. You can imagine how happy I was when she came home with her "Grateful" page that had a picture of her holding the hand of a taller woman. Naturally, I thought it was me. Turns out, it was her teacher. I am grateful for her teacher as well. Ms. Hondropoulos is great. And I still loved the picture so much, that I decided to make it into one of Ms. H's end-of-the-year gifts. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I Heart Art

Today was the last day of the Under the Influence of Art class this semester—and this year. In the past we have decorated cookies on the last day, with each cookie being influenced by a different artist. A star is Van Gogh. A flower is O'Keeffe. People for get the idea. 
This time, my daughter had the idea of spelling out ART with the cookies. So, I baked a bunch of As, Rs and Ts. Then I added Is and hearts for "I love art."  The kids could decorate the I and the heart however they liked. They also got a flower-shaped cookie to decorate and eat during class. Each letter in "art" represents a different artist. Can you guess which is Picasso, Seurat and Monet?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Under the Influence of Art-William Wegman

Although next week is officially the last week of class, I usually make that class more of a celebration by decorating cookies (artfully of course) with the kids. So, this week we learned about our final artist of the session. To end things on a light and fun note, I chose William Wegman. We looked at two books he created and then went on tor create our own dog pictures. Since this was somewhat of a short project, when they were all done, the children took turns standing infront of the class to explain their artwork and answer questions. It was fun to see all of the things their dogs could do, from eating at restaruants to gardening and scuba diving. 


We love our pediatric dentist. Dr. Grace Yum practices in Chicago on Lincoln Ave. My daughter Samantha LOVES going to "Yummy Dental" because of her. The office is set up as if you are going on  a fun trip. Each time we go in, Sam gets a boarding pass (to Hawaii or Disney Land or some other fun place). She is called when it is time to board. While getting her work done, she watches the inflight movie of her choice. You even get a picture to take home at the end of your "trip." (When we got home, Sam hung it on our fridge....using our Yummy Dental magnet of course.) Can you imagine having so much fun at the dentist?

Dr. Yum bought a few pieces of mine that were being sold at the coffee shop down the street from her office. Here, I have taken her logo and made it into an 8x10 piece for her as well. Though we don't have an appointment for awhile, I'm hoping to drop it off soon.