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Christmas commissions!

Now that Christmas is over I can safely share some of the commissions I’ve been working on the past few months! I enjoy getting to create these pieces that are often made in memory of a special pet or given as a personalized, memorable, gift!

Pastel 9″x12″
Pastel 8″x10″

Pastel 11″x14″

For the most part I start any commission from a clients photo, sometimes more than one photo – especially with multiple subjects or for correct coloration. The better quality photos I have to work from, the more details I am able to add in! However, I do like the occasional challenge of working from an old photo!

Pastel 9″x12″
Pastel 9″x12″

Pastel 9″x12″

While pastels are one of my favorite mediums (you can read more about what pastels I like to use here), I’m always thankful for those commissions that bring a different medium to the table and break up the pastel work!

Watercolor & Pen 10″x16″

Acrylic on canvas 8″x8″
Acrylic on canvas 8″x8″

Once I begin a piece, I send in progress photos to the client for their approval of the work at different stages – I like to work with them to make any needed adjustments so the piece represents their subject and personal taste best! When the final drawing is complete and approved it’s signed and packaged before being delivered, shipped, or picked up!

Charcoal 8″x10″
Watercolor & pen, 14″x16″

Some pieces take longer than others (depending on subject, size, medium, & adjustments needed), accumulatively, the completed pieces this season took between 80 & 120 hours to complete.

Handmade & painted pig crossing sign
Painted Mailbox
Digital Logo Commission

I’m grateful to receive commission requests and be able to do what I love! Thank you for all your support this season (and all year long)!

A few pictures of the commissions in progress!

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Student Spotlight! (December 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work! Check out all student spotlights here!

Our January spotlight is on:

Delaney Earp

I am Delaney. I am a freshman in high school and I am 14 years old. I enjoy art, playing the trumpet, and baking.

Medium: watercolor
Title: Swimming Turtle
Description: This is a watercolor painting of a turtle swimming in the ocean:

How long have you been taking art lessons?
“I have been taking art lessons since 2017.”

Why did you begin to take art lessons/how did you become interested in art? “I began taking art lessons because I wanted to become better at what I loved to do. I became interested in art when I was little and I have been drawing for a very long time.”

Medium: Acrylic 
Title: Blossoming rose
Description: This is an acrylic painting of a rose. I painted it on a small cardboard sign. The painting was then rubbed with dirt to make it look older.

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “I create my artwork based off what I see around me. When I see something outside that I love like a pretty scene, I want to paint it.”


What are your favorite mediums and/or subjects for your artwork? “One of my favorite mediums is watercolor because it is easy to work with. When ever I make mistakes using watercolor, they can be easily hidden. Watercolor is also very beautiful and it blends so well together.”

Medium: Marker
Title: A closer look
Description: This is a drawing of an orb looking shape on a checkerboard surface. The orb is magnifying the checkerboard.


Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “One other thing I’d like you to know is that I don’t plan on stopping art lessons anytime soon.”

What is your favorite thing about art? “My favorite thing about art is when I make it for other people. I love to see people’s reactions when I give them something I made.”


How long does it take you to complete your artwork? “It takes me about 2 days to complete my artwork. It really depends on what I am working on. For example, something like an acrylic piece takes me longer than a watercolor piece.”

Medium: Acrylic 
Title: Late night bike rides
Description: This is an acrylic painting except my canvas was a leaf. There is a man riding is bike with the sunset by his side. 

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become an artist or improve their skills? “One piece of advice I have for someone who wants to become an artist or improve their skills is that you need to have patience. You need to take your time when working on a piece. The longer it takes, the better it will come out in the end. If you rush to finish something, it’s not going to look as nice.”


Do you have a favorite color? “Yes, my favorite color is green.”


How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “My artwork has gotten better overtime because I always look for ways to improve my artwork. I always want to look to see what I can do differently to make sure I create something even better than before.”

Delaney takes her time and puts her best effort into her pieces of art. She’s always working to improve her skills and continues on a piece until she’s happy with it. Her persistence and outlook on learning from her own art are two things, without a doubt, that will help her continue to grow as an artist!

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Student Spotlight! (November 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our May spotlight is on:

Sonny St.Pierre

My name is Sonny St. Pierre and I am 15. I am going into 11th grade. I have been enthralled with all things paleontology and marine biology since I can remember. I love to write, and I am currently working on my second revision of my first novel. Art has been an outward form of expressing my inner self since I lost my first goldfish at 5 years old. When I’m not exploring Biology or writing, I enjoy bodysurfing, hunting and fossil collecting.

How long have you been taking art lessons and why did you begin taking art lessons or become interested in art? “I have been taking art lessons for 9-10 years. I love art and I’m glad my mom signed me up when I was so little.”

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “I am inspired by Biology and my imagination. I often use my imagination to tweak what would typically be found in nature into something new.”

What are your favorite mediums and/ or subjects for your artwork? “My favorite medium is pen or pencil. I love to draw dinosaurs and beasts.”

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “I have a snowflake moray eel named Edgar. I enjoy keeping my saltwater tank and plan to get an octopus someday.”

When you’re making your art do like to listen to music or watch tv for inspiration (if so what)? “I enjoy listening to music when I draw. It helps me focus, but I can’t really say it’s for inspiration.”

What is your favorite color? “Blue- it’s been my favorite my whole life.”

How has your artwork improved/what have you done to keep improving as an artist? “My drawing has improved as I practice it in my downtime. I keep a notebook and draw in it often.”

Do you plan to have a career in the arts? “I do. I am interested in architecture and graphic design.”

Is there a certain style, or type, of art that you’d like to someday try? “I’d like to try 3-D modeling and sculpting.”

“Dunkleosteus”, Charcoal

“Crypoclidus”, Charcoal

“Prehistoric Monster of the Cretaceous Deep”, Acrylic paint & resin

“This piece is my favorite I have ever made. I made it when I was much younger. It is an aquatic reptilian tetrapod of Phylum Chordata, Class Reptila, Order Squmata, Family Mosasauridea, Tribe Mosasaurini, and Genus Mosasaurus. In short, it was a prehistoric marine reptile. I entered it into an art show and won second. I brought it home and hung it in my room. Three years ago, we had a house fire and I feared this piece was ruined by the smoke. After a lot of care, treatment and fresh air, it hangs, once again in my room.”

Sonny is always creative in his artwork and brings a bit of science to his pieces! He has a lot of passion for the elements & subjects of his work – it’s inspiring! He’s not afraid to try new mediums, techniques, or add his own twist, making his work unique and one of a kind. Keep on creating and bringing those ideas to life!

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What’s up in the Art Room? (November)

Check out some of our current projects happening in the art room and how they’re made!

Painted Panels! Students work on collaboratively painting panels which will be displayed at the Tyaskin Wharf. Finished panels that have been displayed are donated/auctioned off to raise money for the wharf! Over the past few years students have created more than 20 painted panels!

Alcohol Ink & Line Drawing! Students used alcohol inks on polypropylene to create the colorful & beautiful abstract “blooms” and used white chalk markers to create line drawings on top!

Ceramic Letters & Numbers! Students are in the process of creating a wall hanging with ceramic lettering and numbers! Pieces are in the process of being glazed & fired before being attached to wooden boards for a finished hanging piece!

What’s in Your Cup? Students have been working on drawing and shading cylinders, turning them into a custom designed cup of their favorite drink! We used mixed media for these awesome pieces!

Art, Art activities, Drawing, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

What’s up in the Art Room? (October)

Check out some of our current projects happening in the art room and how they’re made!

Check out lasts months post for more info on some of the projects below!

Radial Mandala designs on glass! Students finished up working on their radial mandala designs – so many cool pieces! Check out last months post for more info on this project and keep an eye out for a DIY on this project to be posted soon!

What’s in your cup? Students worked on how to draw cylinders and shade them in. Next they will create a drawing of their cup, decorating it with patterns and designs, filling it with a favorite drink! This project will be created with mixed media!

Impossible Shapes! Impossible shapes are a type of optical illusion – they can be drawn, however, could never exist in 3D form. Students practiced drawing an impossible Penrose triangle, and impossible square, before choosing which one they would like to paint. They also completed a color wheel and choose a color harmony to utilize in their painting.

Acrylic Pumpkin Paintings! Students worked on drawing spheres and turning them into pumpkins. They included light and shadow, completing value scales and working on shading. They drew their pumpkins and mixed their own colors to create shades of orange for their final pumpkin paintings!

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (October 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our October spotlight is on:

Matt St.Pierre

My name is Matthew St. Pierre and I am 13 years old. I am going into 8th grade. I enjoy playing fortnite, taking care of my backyard chickens, flying drones, and collecting coins. I also enjoy swimming in the ocean and on swim team, fencing and playing with my golden retriever, Molly.

How long have you been taking art lessons and why did you begin taking art lessons or become interested in art? “I started taking art lessons for school and enjoyed going with my brother and friends. I have been taking art lessons for about 8 years.”

What or who inspires you to create your artwork? “I usually draw from things I have seen. My own experiences and memories inspire me.”

What are your favorite mediums and/ or subjects for your artwork? “My favorite medium is pencil, but I really don’t have a favorite subject. I just like to create whatever comes to mind.”

Is there anything else about you that you’d like us to know? “I have a freshwater tank with a goldfish named Doofus. I am looking forward to adding a freshwater puffer fish who will be named Poofles.”

What is your favorite thing about art? “I like how pretty art is.”

Do you plan to have a career in the arts? “I don’t plan to have a career in the arts, but I know it will always be a hobby.”

How long does it take you to complete your artwork? “It typically takes me about 8 hours to complete a project from start to finish.”

What is your favorite color? “My favorite color is green. When I was a little kid, all I ever wanted for Christmas and by birthday was green things! Lime green has been my favorite shade for a while now.”

Besides visual arts are you into any other art forms? “I like music a lot. I like listening to music based on video games and movie scores. I’ve played violin for a long time and also enjoy classical music. I also kind of like some rap and country music.”

Godzilla, not Sponsored. Acrylic

“I painted this the same day that I watched Godzilla, King of the Monsters for this first time. I painted this on one of the canvases I got after completing a year of lessons “In the Art Room.”

Windmill Street, Acrylic on a leaf

I chose windmills because I think they are pretty. I saw fields of windmills like this on a cross country road trip and they came to mind when I was painting this. Painting on a leaf was somewhat challenging because I didn’t want to rip it.

Sunflower, Acrylic

I painted the sunflower like this because it reminded me of sunflowers we had in a field in our yard one year.

Matthew is always very creative in his work and brings his unique style to each piece he creates! He’s never afraid to try out new mediums or styles of art and has fun working on all his pieces – which shows through!! Keep on creating and having fun!

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What’s up in the Art Room? (September)

Check out some of our current projects happening in the art room and how they’re made!

We were finally able to start back with some classes in September!! Check out our first month of class projects! We are still in the midst of finishing up a few of the projects but be on the lookout for instructions to create some of the projects at home!

Radial Mandala designs! Students created a four fold radial design of their choosing by designing 1/4 of their design and then repeating it to complete their full radial designs. They outlined their designs on glass with Gallery Glass black out-liner and are working on adding colored glass paints!

Abstract Wall Hangings! Students created non objective abstract art on 3 fabric panels with Pantel fabric crayons, Tee Juice fabric markers, and Sharpies. They then sewed their fabric together to create one large panel. Our next step is to add a dowel to hang their panel from and adorn them with a few finishing details!

Ceramic Letters & Numbers! Students are in the process of creating a wall hanging with ceramic lettering and numbers! We’ll be glazing and attaching them to wooden boards to hang and display their works!

Embossed Metal Zentangles! Students learned about Zentangles and how to create their own inspired versions. They then created a Zentangle on foil by embossing their design into the surface! They used Sharpies to color their metal and then glued them to a piece of poster board! Check out instructions for creating your own inspired Zentangle here!

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Student Spotlight! (September 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our September spotlight is on:

Liam St.Pierre

My name is Liam St. Pierre and I will be 11 in September. I am homeschooled and am entering 6th grade. I live in the woods with my 2 golden retrievers, my sister’s cat, and our chickens and ducks. I love living in the woods, because there is just my family and me and we can go exploring. I enjoy swimming, fencing, art, playing video games, going to the beach and swimming in the ocean with my friends and eating tacos and burgers

Five Keys

Pastels

“I started taking art lessons with Miss Jenell about 6 years ago, because my big brothers were already taking lessons and I thought it was interesting. I remember one of my earliest art projects was making origami frogs that actually hopped! When I get an assignment, I use my imagination and a picture of what I want to make just pops into my mind! Then, I just start creating it.”

The “L” Bot

Acrylic

“This is probably one of the pieces I like the most. I like it because it looks like the robot is actually standing up.”

“My favorite mediums are colored pencils and pens, but I also like acrylic paint, and pastels. I have entered quite a few art shows with Miss Jenell’s help and it’s always fun to go and see my work on the wall! It usually takes about 8-10 hours to complete my projects.”

Sunset Leaf

Paints on an actual leaf

“This one was hard. I drew inspiration from magazine pictures and added the sunset and boat from my imagination. Painting on a dry leaf is very hard because it is so fragile.”

“I like a lot of forms of art, but I don’t really like abstract art because if I look at it, I always try to find something in the picture. I feel mad at myself if I can’t find something realistic!”

A Different Galaxy

Paper, paints, pastels, pencils

“It’s hard to see in the picture, but this piece is made of layers and layers of frames so that you can reach your hand into the middle of the galaxy. It’s a 3D final product that I really think is cool.”

“My favorite color is blue- green… kind of like a mix of aqua and teal… more blue then green…. I’ll call it telaqua! In addition to visual art, I also have been playing the piano for about 4-5 years.”

Liam is imaginative and positive with his artwork and creations! He is always able to take an idea or project and add his own creative and unique twist to it. Putting forth his best efforts into his artwork, while still having fun, he creates happy pieces of art for viewers to enjoy! Nice job Liam! 🙂

Art, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, student artwork

Student Spotlight! (August 2020)

Each month I will be spotlighting one of my students – past or present, and their artistic ventures! I work with students of all ages and abilities and you’ll get to learn a little bit about these amazing artists and their work!

Our August spotlight is on:

Ella St. Pierre

My name is Ella St. Pierre. I am 8 and a half years old and I’m going into 4th grade. I like to paint on the easel in my room, talk to my friends, go to the beach, swim, and jump on my trampoline. I also like to play board games including chess and Connect 4 and I love to play with my cat. Besides, visual arts, I like to sing and dance… and sing while dancing! I also like culinary arts. When I grow up, I want to be a surf instructor and a YouTuber.



“Party of two”, Acrylic Paint

The robot was having a party at night and no one came. He got sad, but remembered that God was at the party. This is a reminder that you can have fun even by yourself. Sometimes I look at this photo and think about the fact your never alone but with God.

How long have you been taking art lessons?
“I have been taking lessons for 4 or 5 years. I started taking art lessons because my mom signed me up! But I am really glad she did. It’s really fun.”

Who or what inspires you to make your artwork?
“I look around and get inspired by things I see or things that pop into my head.”

“Meteor Shower”, Remnant of my old lipstick

What are your favorite mediums or subjects for your artwork? “Pencil…. not colored pencils, but pencils, are my favorite medium. I also like puffy paint and I like to draw or paint with unusual items, like old lipstick or makeup.”

Is there a certain style, or type, of art that you’d like to someday try?
“Someday, I’d like to try sculpting with clay or throwing pottery.”

“Night Sky’s”, Paint

What is your favorite color?
“My favorite color is pastel yellow and pastel green.”

Is there an aspect of art you don’t like and why?
“I don’t like pastels because my pastel projects end up messy. I also don’t like colored pencil because of its texture and the detail.”

“Ocean Waters”, Stamp-making

Why do you think art is important? – Why is it important for you?
“The arts are fun! They are fun to learn and when I mess up, I laugh at it.”

Ella is creative and imaginative in her artwork! I’m always excited to see what she comes up with next – whether it’s her unique use of mediums, or the originality of the scenes, characters and subjects she creates within her artwork! Keep up with all the awesome artwork Ella! 🙂

Art, Art activities, Craft, decorating, DIY, Happenings, Make, Create, & Share!, Painting

Painted Stepping Stones

Brighten your garden with a colorful hand painted paver! Paint just one or paint many and create a fun path through your garden!

What you need:

  • Cement Paver – The ones I’m using are 12″x12″
  • Outdoor primer
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint – I used Apple Barrel Craft paints in Bright Blue, Bright Yellow, Bright Red, Black, & White. You can also use Patio Paints for longer lasting results!
  • Krylon indoor/outdoor, gloss sealer

Step one: Prime you paver – I used an outdoor primer, brushed it on & let it dry.

Step two: Draw your design onto your paver (you can also use stencils or templates).

Step three: Begin to paint your design! I like to start with my background and work forwards.

You may need to apply more than one layer of paint with certain colors – if this is the case let layers dry between new coats!

If you want to blend colors it’s easiest to do so while the paints are still wet – brush back and forth to help blend colors!

Create effects with your paint – like splatters for stars or texture by “flicking” your paint!

Fill in your foreground with base colors…

Add your details! Leave your stepping stone as is or add in some whimsy with additional lines, colors, & patterns!

Step four: Finish your stepping stone by sealing your paint with krylon indoor/outdoor gloss sealer!

Check out the video below for more ideas or join us for a stepping stone class to create your own!

Be sure to send along a picture of your finished stepping stone! 🙂