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May, almost June, in my garden....

The sugar snap peas are coming in and lettuce is turning bitter....  Pole beans will come next followed by tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplant..... Almost forgot that the blueberries are just starting to get blue.  Hope we get more blueberries than the birds and chipmunks!  They should be ready for picking when the grandkids arrive....

Gardening and working in my studio seem to be a symbiotic relationship....The balance of these 2 passions bring me tranquility and joy...They also make me slow down and take time to look inward, all the while being a close observer of nature. My breath slows and I feel connected with the universe..... Everything else is put on hold as time stands still.  I am in another world, at least for a while....

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I cannot end my school year without sharing my favorite project of the year, PERSONAL DRAGONS!!!

When SHREK JUNIOR was chosen for the Middle School play, I decided it would be fun for my 5th graders to create personal dragons in clay for a show in the lobby.  The only thing I knew was that there was a dragon in the play and that I love making dragons with my students...

The 5th graders were asked to create their own personal dragon by naming it, describing it visually (age, gender, size, color,etc) giving it a personality, drawing it, writing about it in writing class as part of an adjective unit and then making it in clay. You will see that each is as unique as each child is unique.  

What amazed and amused me after seeing the play, which was nothing less than extraordinary, was that this project really reflected the message of the play perfectly!  We need to appreciate and love each other for what we have in common but it is our differences and uniqueness that makes our world a rich and fascinating place to live.

Congratulations to ALL of my 5th graders for doing an AWESOME job with every aspect of this project. Each of you has shared the artist within you with the artist in me through your own PERSONAL DRAGON and other art work this year... Thank you for this wonderful experience...

Let me also congratulate all who participated in the creation of SHREK JUNIOR. This was a monumental task by the way with a hundred or so children, not to mention staff and parents. I love to see the arts come together like this...

I hope you will enjoy these marvelous unique creations as they are sure to put a smile on your face...

Last but not least, a special thank you to Bruce Halverson, Marilyn Mullinax, Diane Talbert and Heike Leitner for their help and support.

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April in my garden...

I wanted to take a moment to share the joy I feel each morning when when I venture into my garden to see what's new.  At this time of year the colors appearing in my garden are a new discovery every day! Most  amazing, however, are all those shades of GREEN!!!   

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Meet Kep, the newest member of our family!

Roger, Jaz, Rosie and I are thrilled to add Glory Day Loflin's richly colored and deliciously painted portrait of Kep to our family and to our art collection.  We adore, admire and appreciate Glory as an outstanding emerging artist arriving on the current art scene with a burst of creativity that is astounding and awe inspiring! We will enjoy this energy and colors and patterns of this painting every day as we pass through the house where it hangs at the center of our home....

Thank you Glory for sharing yourself with us in such a special and creative way... 

 

 

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A busy and fun weekend with the grandkids!!!!

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute with Lily and Charlie!  I am always amazed at what we fit into a short visit. We started with worm collecting in the garden, feeding the school of baby gold fish, cleaning and preparing the garden for spring planting, working in clay, more work in clay, Charlie finally takes a nap and Lily and I have fun drawing while he is sleeping, a good healthy breakfast and a Sunday morning walk at Furman. Let me add to that a visit to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe for scones and home in time for mom and dad to arrive from a lovely weekend in Asheville.  

Then, it was a Sunday 2 hour nap for Roger, me, Jaz and Rosie......

Did I mention it was like spring and everything is blooming early?  Can't wait to do it all over again!

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Today was the day young women, old women, little girls, teens, families, women supporters like boy friends, husbands, fathers, grandparents, transgenders, gays, lespians came together and MARCHED!!!!

Today I joined the Women's March in Falls Park, Greenville, SC in the pouring down rain!  My daughter Jen and granddaughter Lily marched in Charlotte, NC while many friends were marching on the Mall in out Nation's capitol.  Add to that women and women supporters in cities across the world that united today to make a statement that together we can make a difference... I believe that today the earth has taken on a soft pink glow!  Now, we have to make sure the glow remains, a kind of feminine ozone layer.... 

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Today was the day the GLITTER BOMB hit the art room!!!!!!

Today I made a great discovery teaching 5th grade art... I will always have a "Glitter Day" the last day before the students get out for the holidays!!!  I really don't know when I have had more fun and I have our Lower School Art Teacher, Marilyn Mullinax to thank.  Marilyn  provided the extra glitter needed to put the 5th grade "Glitter Machine" into full swing!

There was no doubt about what was happening in the art room because all the trails of glitter throughout the Middle School lead to the room where I teach 5th grade art!

 

 Today was glitter magic thanks to my 5th grade students, along with others who showed up the art room because they followed the trails of glitter.  Today was the day there was a shiny glitter explosion of Middle School creativity!

 Hmmmmmm, tonight Roger said I still have some glitter in my hair.... Can you imagine?

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A surprise visit with the grandkids!!!!!

Lucky us!  Roger and I got to take Lily and Charlie to see the award winning CCES Middle School Tree at the Hyatt House, part of the Annual Festival of Trees event. The CCES Middle School tree was inspired by THE LION KING JR and honored Maggie's School in Africa. It was decorated with awesome clay african animal ornaments created by the 5th grade in our art class.  The MS Arts Guild then wove their special magic into the tree by adding some of the costuming from THE LION KING JR. To say that the tree is amazing is an understatement!!!!

Gathering 100's of acorns and painting with watercolors in my studio were the other highlights. Charlie also did a drawing of our family holding hands.  It is delightful!  Do you recognize me on the far left????  

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THANKSGIVING 2016 at our house!!!

Thanksgiving at our house this year included drawing, of course, making things in clay and wood, cleaning the pond (again), turning my greenhouse into a playhouse and a fabulous meal together as our family gave THANKS for each other and for the day. This was celebrated with a toast of Champagne and mimosas for the kids, completed by clinking of glasses! 

The sun was out and the light was streaming through yellow maple leaves still hanging on to the trees, our stomachs were full, the dogs were having a blast welcoming the new puppy Enzo into the family.  Most of all, we were all together...  It was a perfect moment in time and I am truly THANKFUL....

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Part II - 5th grade Leaf Project

The students chose leaves of different types, looking carefully to see if the leaf they chose "had character", in other words any distinguishing characteristics such as a tear or a bug bite.  In order to give the leaves the random appearance of being blown in the wind, I suggested they drop their leaves onto the paper and then draw them.  They could do some tracing but ultimately would have to move their leaf aside to finish their drawing.  One leaf had to be drawn larger than life size and some overlapping for the appearance of space had to be incorporated.

Students used leaves, pencils and heavy watercolor paper for this part of their leaf project.

I think the results so far are quite impressive! This is my biased and my unbiased opinion!

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