"Every Child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Pablo Picasso

Thursday, October 27, 2011



Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months)

Cecil College Drawing Class

DRAWING CLASS - Taking a Closer Look

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Painting to Music

Check out this fantastic introduction: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/video/2009/sep/19/guide-drawing-painting?fb=native

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Painting with Light

Here's a project I will be doing with a couple of my B&G Clubs sites

Sketchbook-Not your ordinary Book Club

Here are some photos from Sketchbook-Not your ordinary Book Club, an adult class I am teaching at the Newark Arts Alliance. We will make our own stamps, make collages, do monoprints, transfer photocopies, and experiment with mixed media in order to explore ideas regarding ourselves as artists and otherwise.

photocopy transfer onto polymer clay



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Star Hill - project 1

Collaged Monster Magnets! The Star Hill Group is large in numbers(20-30)as is the age range(6-12yrs). For the first project, I decided to go with a fun project that would work well with all age groups. All the kids really enjoyed using the different papers and funky pipe cleaners while they practed their cutting and pasting skills and stretched their imagination to make these out of this world creations.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Third Graders Discover the Beauty of Dispersion through the Various States of H2O

DCCA's Contemporary Connections with Bancroft Elementary

Smyrna B&G Club - Week 1: Intro to Contemporary Street Art

I created this video for my teen and pre-teen students in Smyrna as an Introduction to Contemporary Street Art. After an engaging discussion, I gave each group the opportunity to design their very own curriculum based on the techniques they found most interesting. They are very excited, and so am I!

The Artistic Rebuttal Book Project: My Rebuttals

One of my pieces made the cover!

Merging Art with Advocacy: The Artistic Rebuttal Book Project (via ARTSblog)

(via artisticrebuttal.tumblr.com)

"On Sunday, January 30th, I was horribly disturbed by a conversation between TOTALLY smart and better-than-everyone-undergraduates that I overheard in the subway on the way to work. Here is the conversation….before I exited the subway car before my head exploded:

'Art is, like, the most worthless degree anyone can get. Like, haha, they have a degree in making shit with pop sicle sticks.'

Now I’m not na├»ve, I realize that this really is what some people think about art who don’t live artistic lives, but people this young? I thought the youth of this country were more appreciative of art as a lifestyle and a valid career choice. Their sentiments enraged me (and what I have realized about myself is that it usually takes a bout of anger to get me moving), so, in artistic fashion, I want to make a book full of rebuttals to the “art is worthless” debate. That is to say, a book full of “Oh yeah! Art is worthless? Take this!” But with a bit more research and validity, of course :)

Art is too important to let conversations like this one be ignored. I don’t want the people running this country when i’m old and feeble to not appreciate what I dedicated my entire life to, you know? I would feel like I hadn’t accomplished anything.

Let’s do this thing!"

-Amy Scheidegger

Where to Buy the Book?

In an email I received today, Amy says:

THERE WILL BE a 2012 VERSION of the book! The project is still building up steam in many parts of the world, so we can't stop now :) The calls for artists/arts advocates will go out in early February 2012, so start brainstorming a rebuttal!
Check it out at: http://artisticrebuttal.tumblr.com
or on facebook at: Artistic Rebuttal Book Project