Posts Tagged ‘art’

Serendipity Paint

April 17, 2014

Serendipity Paint

Are you an art teacher? Does it pain you to throw away the paper plates of expensive paint after a lesson? Make serendipity paints. The three above came from one large classroom’s leftovers! Three spice jars, one each for reds/blues/golds, scoop and scrape your paints into the jars to filled, cap tightly. These are great prizes for young artists, or gifts for fellow art educators–practically free, and they’re keeping some paint out of the trash.

Trash for Teaching in Gardena

February 29, 2012
Trash for Teaching in Gardena 2, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

I checked out Trash for Teaching, a warehouse of mostly post-industrial stuff that can easily become supplies for art projects, models and dioramas, displays, crafting… you get the idea. The image above shows four of the bins. The image below, about half of the bins. There are a lot of bins.

Bins, Trash for Teaching in Gardena

Bins, Trash for Teaching in Gardena

I got a materials membership, so I’ll be back a lot… stay tuned. If you want to come with me sometime, they’re open on Wednesdays in the daytime, and one Saturday a month.

Don’t tempt me

April 6, 2009

No really…. even if you send me something as small as a button–if it’s a cool Polka Dot Creations button–I’m going to have to make a purse based on it.  The brown purse is from a thriftshop, great leather, clean inside (except there was a sample vial of perfume in one of the pockets). Before:

Brown purse, BEFORE

Brown purse, BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

The button is attached with thread, after I got Peter to drill holes in the leather.  There’s a lot of gesso, acrylic paints, sharpies, modpodge, krylon.  (See my altered purse tutorial here.) And that button.

DETAIL

DETAIL

Unique hazard of art education in Los Angeles

October 8, 2008

So, we need scrap paper, a lot of it, in the art room at Lincoln.  Friday at the docent workshop we used pages from discarded TV and movie scripts, because the supply chair’s husband had a pile of them.  Perfect, right?  Or not so perfect.  We discovered that we need be careful about that source, because at least one page had a big ole F-bomb right in the middle of it.  Guaranteed a kid would find that.  Another docent volunteered some scrap paper tonight–old movie scripts.  I told her to screen them for language, and bring them in.

Better bring some of my own scrap paper for the pile.  Old drafts of my journal articles and conference talks are guaranteed 100% f-bomb-free.  The only possible risk is that they’d bore a kid to tears.

Marimekko and IMDb

October 4, 2008

Yesterday was the first docent training workshop for this year’s Hands on Art program–the volunteer-led art education program in Redondo schools.  It was great fun–we made foam stamps and printed on canvas and talked about Finnish fabric design in the 1960s.  I’ll attach a photo of some of the docents’ works when I get the latest pics off my camera.

We’re mostly moms and grandmas (there are a very few dad volunteers).  We don’t live in a glamorous suburb of Los Angeles–no big-name sports legends at the PTA fundraisers (that’s Manhattan Beach, next door).  At the Lincoln School tables, we just have the usual Redondo mix of engineers and writers and former teachers and accountants and… movie actresses.

No, Angelina Jolie isn’t getting covered in tempera paint at Hands on Art (we could probably sell tickets to that).  People Magazine can send its paparazzi elsewhere.  But  Joanna‘s the bartender in “Dude Where’s My Car?”  Cat played a football player’s wife in “Any Given Sunday.”  When you see a movie, notice the people in those smaller roles.   Chances are, they go home and feed the cat, they have to find the kids’ backpacks and sign the teachers’ notes, and maybe, just maybe, they’re getting painty and teaching art to Kindergarteners.   Just because they’re cool like that.

(I’m just realizing the Angelina Jolie-tempera paint sentence may bring eager visitors here through the magic of Google.  Sorry to disappoint.)

1st Place, Family Division!

August 24, 2008

“Frida Underwater” Chalk Art , originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

Nell and I were part of a Chalk Art Festival at Redondo Pier today–and we won 1st Place in the Family Division! About $100 in gift cards from restaurants, and a whale-watching trip for two (to be used in the winter). Our 6×6 square was titled “Frida Underwater,” and I have to say it was a big crowd favorite. I think we must be in a hundred families’ vacation photos after today. We heard oohs and aahs in various languages; it was especially nice to hear parents take the opportunity to tell their kids about Frida Kahlo being a famous artist from Mexico.

But now I’m a little sunburnt, and my left pinkie is on strike. Still, very fun day. We’ll definitely do it again next year.

UPDATE:  Here we are in the Beach Reporter; here I am in the Daily Breeze, also here.

More art in the park today

August 16, 2008

If you’re local to me, stop by Anderson Park between 10-2 (or afterwards, I guess, for the chalk art aftermath)–I’ll be doing some chalk art and face painting for Lincoln’s Kindergarten Picnic, where new K families get to join the PTA and meet each other while visiting with some of the activities chairs (I’m representing Hands on Art). The kids are so cute, and the parents are fun to talk with. And it means the first day of school really is just around the corner….well, two and a half weeks around the corner, but who’s counting the days…. hours…. minutes….

Featured!

July 25, 2008

Welcome visitors from the inaugural Carnival of Green Crafts!  Pennamite was linked for the “Street Flotsam Collage Pages” posted last month.    There are some amazing links in the carnival, especially the loveseat slipcover and pillows made from twelve pairs of past-their-day jeans… The post at Crafting a Green World about natural dyes reminded me of the time I colored a bunch of crumbled cardstock with turmeric–all you need is a ziplock bag, a couple spoonfuls of turmeric and enough water to make it soupy… here are the results:

buff cardstock, before and after

buff cardstock, before and after

Doppelganger alert, #5

July 19, 2008

I am also not the New Zealand artist named Penny Richards. She used to work as a zoological illustrator–that sounds pretty cool. Her diary at the site linked includes such sage wisdom as “big paintings are cool–but don’t make them so big that they don’t fit in the car.” From the samples of her work, it looks like New Zealand is an excellent place to find landscapes and seascapes worth painting.

Me, doing chalk art

July 19, 2008

In April, I enjoyed participating in “Chalk It Up,” a day of chalk art to benefit the South Bay Hands on Art programs in the Redondo Beach Schools. A Scottish man was taking video, and I knew it would eventually turn up online–and it has! Here’s me, towards the end of my work on a 5×5 recreation of a Frida Kahlo self-portrait. I’m the first interview on the video–Nell’s the pink t-shirt in the background.


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