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The new year started with me teaching again at Harbor UCLA for Elizabeth’s Canvas. I am still teaching Artist Trading Cards, but modified for out-patients while they are waiting to be called in to see doctors. It is a lot of fun. I never know who is going to be there and meet new children and parents each week. The age ranges so far have been from 1 1/2 to 24 years old. There is quite a variety of topics and work being created. I also keep branching out on materials. Last week we used stamps for the first time and they were a big hit. Good to know for the future. Here are some images from last week.

Table of art suppliesBright suppliesSmileModified smileBoysLots of stampsStamping funPlaid paperVolcano makingYay2nd volcano Action CrayonsMore crayons

Foam Cube Friends

Started the new year with an easy project that was more exciting then I knew. All I took to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market were foam cubes donated to reDiscover Center and sharpies. I knew the permanent markers would be exciting. Many children are not allowed to use them at home because they are not easy to clean up. But in an outdoor environment with an exciting target no one seemed to draw on anything but their cubes. And the cubes! The children drew everything from faces to animals and outdoor scenes to Minecraft characters.

Richard Heaven making his foam friendSetting up the cubesRichard's foam friendFoam Friends PyramidListening to instructions  First of the foam friends Foam drawing Foam Queen Double friends The boys loved the foam too The beginning Lots of concentration Richard helping out Foam princesses MineCraft corner Cube games  Even little ones got into it Serious study Great friendsOwls and fruit Owl Non-stop fun MineCraft! Foam world

Pipe Cleaner Market

What do you need to entertain children for a couple of hours? Pipe cleaners and scissors. That is all I brought to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market to use for craft making at the reDiscover Center‘s booth in December. That and my fantastic assistant Richard Heaven. The both of us entertained and encouraged children of all ages to create their own holiday decorations out of pipe cleaners.

Here are some fun images from the day.

Candy Canes Pipe Cleaner Bracelets Bracelet making Pipe Cleaner Hat Decoration making Snowman making Instruction Pipe Cleaner Glasses Pipe Cleaner Fun

Yarn-O-Polis

Yarn-O-Polis is on view now at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles until mid January 2015. Eight columns were covered by several yards of yarn. Two of which are artistic doilies created by me. So stop by for some food (fantastic tacos, burritos, oysters, beverages, pizza, everything you can think of plus a great outdoor seating Texas BBQ bar next door) and view the great Yarn-O-Polis by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.

doilies doilies and i

After several weeks of clearance I was finally able to began teaching my first class as an Art Therapist for Elizabeth’s Canvas at Harbor UCLA in Torrance, CA on October 30, 2014. I work in the children’s playroom for out-patient children. I have them create their own Artist Trading Card(s). Here are images from my first three classes. It was loads of fun and I look forward to working more with the children there.

EC18 EC17 EC16 EC15 EC14 EC13 EC12 EC11 EC10 EC9 EC8 EC7 EC6 EC5 EC4 EC3 EC2 EC1

Paper Covered Containers

Luckily it was not a blustery day on the first Sunday of November. I brought many scraps of tissue and wrapping paper, empty containers, glue sticks, scissors and markers to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market for my arts & crafts booth for reDiscover Center. I was a bit late that day because I had been asked to be in a video about being an artist and reDiscover Center. It is a short three minute video for Santa Monica local television. An honor to be asked. I love talking about art and reuse. Although I may have been nervous and flubbed what I said, however they edit it down it will be fun… or funny…. or both. ha ha

So when I got to the market there were all sorts of activities in progress. Two parades, one for Day of the Dead and one Native American inspired. The second group danced in front of my booth which brought even more people over. Lots of containers were turned into baskets.

Music & MarkersCuttingPlacing the handleMore GluingGluingDone with snowflakesGreen containerCreatingPurple containerMakingCarolyn helpingPink & Green container Dinosaur container More cuttingGreen container

Pumpkin Decorating

For the month of October I worked one extra Sunday at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market. The two weeks before I worked at creating tiny witch hats out of felt and hot glue. Many finger burns later (luckily hot glue doesn’t burn just the surprise of touching the hot part of the glue gun hurts for a second) there were about 50 hats created. Thank you Mary Beth, Director at reDiscover Center  for helping cut some out! Needless to say with 250 pumpkins 50 hats were used up quickly leaving others to create their own versions. It was impressive what the children came up with. Thanks to my friend Carolyn for volunteering her time and helping at the tables. Many many thanks to Richard Heaven for being my awesome assistant for the day and taking most of the pictures!

Pumpkin Decorating CousinsDecorator princesses Smiles Crowd Action Lots of Pumpkins! Ideas Artist Done Perfect  Pumpkin ears Maker fun Scary! Perfecting Decorated Amy & Carolyn Richard and Amy

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