Monday, January 22, 2007

Small Art Workshop Pics

These pics were taken by my friend Raymond F. Gould, a very talented Photographer and artist!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Photo Album

I'm testing this link to my Small Art photo album in

The collage posted here is called "Button, Button, Whos' Got the...Oh, I do!"

Saturday Small Art Workshop

Saturday I held a free workshop at the Putnam, CT Public Library on Small Art. This pic is the group of kids from the morning session with their finished projects! They had a good time and made some wonderful things.

We did some collages, ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and several of them started Altered Books--taking some old books form the library(with permission!) and tearing pages, painting and glueing papers and yarns, sparkly things and stickers on them to begin a theme that they can finish later, a form of Art Journaling.

It thrilled me no end to hear several of them ask when the next class was going to be! I'm inspired by their creativity and energy to do it again!

In the afternoon I worked with a similarly enthusiastic group of adults and teens, and a good time was had by all. I have some pictures coming from a couple of people who were there--I was a little busy! I'll post them later.

There was a surprising amount of interest in this type of art, and I think we'll be starting a club soon to further explore!

Monday, January 15, 2007

10 ATC template

Here is a template for cutting 10 ATCs out of one 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock. I also use them when printing digital backgrounds for ATCs or photo ATCs--but you need a borderless printing printer to get it to cover the whole page.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Small Art Workshop

I'm doing a free workshop for the Putnam Public Library in Putnam, CT on Jan 20. Two workshops really, one in the morning for kids from 11-1, then another for adults from 2-5.
While not my first teaching experience by any stretch, I'm a little anxious about this gig because it's different from the other classes I've taught--most of which involved baking, stewing, roasting, boiling or any number of other cooking techniques. I did teach several weekend workshops in ceramics for kids at QVCC a few years ago, and I really have no doubt that this will go well, because, most of all, they want to be there!
It all started with my display of Small ART at the Library. I put into a nice glass case a number of Artist Trading Cards, Postcard sized digital photos, collages and altered book tip-ins. It was a really nice display with sheets of descriptive material positioned here and there, pleasant and easy on the eye, if I do say so myself--funny that-I went back to the Library a month later to retrieve my art, and was surprised myself by my first sight of the case after all that time. It looked Great! I was a little embarasses by my own reaction, but then I just giggled and enjoyed it!

Now there's this ad in the local classified paper--my name there with the title "Artist"
Way cool.
I'm bringing a box full of materials: cardstock, magazines to clip objects from, some stickers, fancy yarns and bits of fabric, glue and some paint and crayons, colored pencils, scissors and tape. I'll cut out a bunch of ATC sized pieces from some of my painted paper stock and plain cardstock, and some postcard sized pieces from plain cardstock. I'll bring the samples that were in the display, plus some printouts of the photos of all my recent stuff done for swaps and trades online. I've been going a little crazy with Swap-bot lately!

So, we will see ow it goes! If nothing else, it should be fun.