22 DEC 13
Thanks to the Bonifas and those in the watercolor class who mentioned an interest in it, I’ll be teaching a pipestone (Catlinite) pendant carving class in March. The dates are 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, and 4/26. Watch for the announcement from the Bonifas – minimum is six students. It should be a fun class so stay tuned!
November – 2013
Eight students completed a four session basic watercolor class I taught at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center. Students enjoyed learning about various watercolor techniques. I was sad to see the class end as we could all see each others skills improve. It’s not just about art, but about having fun with a group of people who like to paint!
Spring & Fall 2013 – Clear Lake Camp Students
I have been working with Mimi Klotz, Director and Program Manager at Clear Lake Education Center instructing 4-8th graders in the “Art of Nature Journaling.” Some 400 students have attended these 1.5 hour classes in 2013 with some really cool results.
Clear Lake is on the Munising District of the Hiawatha National Forest and is a collaboration between the Forest and the Delta-Schoolcraft Independent School District and Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency. It’s been tremendously fun to share the history of scientific journaling and field sketching with students.
During the class we look at samples of journals from Paleolithic caves in France, North American pictographs, Leonardo DaVinci, Christopher Columbus, Native Americans, Lewis & Clark, Thomas Edison, and others. Below are some of the students at work and their drawings.
September – 2013
Escanaba Students Through the Bonifas
In September, I was honored to be an instructor for the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba, leading nature journaling classes for some 160 4th grade students from the Upper Elementary school in Escanaba. Images below are from these four days in September at Portage Point on Lake Michigan.
Other segments of the classes, facilitated by volunteers Gayle Bradley and Nick Moreno, included writing about nature and nature observation. Thanks to these folks and several other volunteers who assisted! The Center hopes to provide this programming next fall and expand it to other schools in the area.