<![CDATA[Harmony Schoolhouse - Expression's Blog]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:28:03 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[I've Been Away, and Have Returned Refreshed!]]>Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:43:06 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/ive-been-away-and-have-returned-refreshedAnother chunk of time has passed. This time it didn't pass unnoticed. I had a wonderful summer and I’m sorry to see it end. 
The highlight of the season was the wonderful visit I had with my daughter Shannon. We traveled to Florida to help her celebrate her 39th birthday, and what a celebration it was!I had the best time just being me. There was several times throughout the day that I found myself having little kid fun.  I swam in the lake, soaked in the sun out on the floating dock, jumped and dove into the water, laughed, sang and loved. It was a glorious day. 
I also had the chance to hang out with a very dear friend. It was a special day, Shannon’s birthday, so it was appropriate that the friend who delivered her with me should be in attendance. It was great to celebrate with Amber, and even better, we spent several evenings together catching up on memories, and making new ones.
Another highlight of the trip was the week we spent on Cumberland Island. It is the most fantastic place. It's practically in its natural state. There are only a handful of homes, and one main sand road that goes right down the center of the island. Wild horses roam freely and the sound of nature’s music fills the air. Oh what an enchanted island.
Jacksonville is a beautiful place too. I enjoyed my daily walks around the familiar neighborhood. I lived I Jax for many years just around the corner from where Shannon lives. It is lush and green unlike the brown hills of CA in the summertime. 
I also had the honor of attending a wedding. It was held on the beach and was a beautiful occasion. The bride was exuberant!
There are so many memories of the trip, too many to tell in this venue. All I can say is that we live in a beautiful country, filled with wonderful people, and there are none so special as family and friends.

So I begin the fall relaxed and ready to get back to work. Speaking of that, how do you like the new website? I invite you to look around and see what else is going on in my life!
<![CDATA[Look What's Up in Class!]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:13:51 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/look-whats-up-in-classIt's been a long time since I have shared our class work with you. You should see what we have done. Click here and check out the links to each class. I happy to report that we have added two more weeks to our schedule. I hope you'll check in again and see our completed class projects. ]]><![CDATA[Mixed Media Monday Classes are Sailing Along]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2012 03:42:14 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/mixed-media-monday-classes-are-sailing-alongI just want to share a quick note with you and invite you to check out the progress we are making in our Monday classes. Click here to see more glazing and finished colleges. Click here to find out how the image transfers worked out. Click here to see our most recent class when we worked strictly with newspaper. If you are in the area and want to join in the fun, click here to find out the details

Please leave us a comment about our classes. I'll pass the good word on to the ladies. ]]>
<![CDATA[I Take So Much for Granted]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:13:30 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/i-take-so-much-for-grantedI have a soft pillow on which to lay my head every night. My home is filled with treasures and memories. My cabinets and freezer are stacked with food. I have the love and support of my family. I have trustworthy  friends. I have my health. There is so much abundance in my life, and much of the time it slips right by.

The other morning around 6:00AM, I was walking my dogs and I realized I felt completely satisfied and blissful.  It was at that moment I realized quite clearly the gifts I've been given.
I thought about the many people on this beautiful earth that would give their right arm to enjoy a tenth of what I have. Funny thing is, many of these live here in the United States. How many people go to bed hungry and cold? How many of us don't, but never give it a second thought?
I look closer and there are those who live right around me that are suffering from homelessness. Here in San Luis Obispo, there are plenty of people who need a hand up, not a hand out. But the hand-up begins with a hand-out.

I have the privilege of serving a monthly meal at the homeless shelter. I have never done this type of service before. I attend the Johnson Ave. Church of Christ and it with their homeless ministry that I enjoy the pleasure of service.
The church puts together a meal of a delicious stew, fruit salad, buttered rolls and cupcakes. In fact my sweet mother and sister-in-law have a cupcake party once a month and meet to bake and frost 4 dozen treats.
While this is happening up in Cambria, there is another group that is patiently slicing fruit, even the grapes. And still another that uses a common recipe to blend the stew. It requires many hands and faithful commitment to create this meal.
I am always reminded of the love of Christ when I see the beautiful faces and warm smiles of those who pass through the serving line. From the outside, it may seem like it is a wonderful opportunity for those less fortunate to have a substantial meal, and be shown Christian love. The truth is, it is the love of Christ that I receive from them. Every time I get into my car after serving, drive to my home, and pull into the driveway, I realize those who I want to help, have given to me through a "hand-out" of love, to feel and understand more clearly God's saving grace. 

It is my prayer that we all band together to help those who do not have a place to call home, and that they are selflessly supported by us who do.
<![CDATA[Glazing Class was Such Fun!]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:35:45 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/glazing-class-was-such-funYesterday was the first of six meeting of the Mixed Media Monday class. To see our progress, click here. If you live in the San Luis Obispo area and you're interested in joining us, send me an email and I'll get the information to you. Hope to see you there! ]]><![CDATA[Today is the First Mixed Media Monday]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:50:03 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/today-is-the-first-mixed-media-mondayToday at 4:00 I start a series of six mixed media classes. I can't wait! To find out more, click the link! Mixed Media Mondays ]]><![CDATA[Here's the Finished Product]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2012 23:52:22 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/heres-the-finished-productSo here are the three most recent sets of prayer bowls. I think they turned out great!
Not to take away from the bowls, but the beauty in the picture is my mom when she was 18. Wow!
So, there you have it. If you are interested knowing more about the prayer bowls, just click on a picture and it will take you to the Prayer Bowl Project. You can also purchase them from my ETSY shop.
<![CDATA[Prayer Bowls in Progress]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:45:02 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/prayer-bowls-in-progressNow that the school year is over, I am finding time to create prayer bowls again. It has been such a long time; since January, I think. 
I'm happy to say that I have not forgotten how to make them. I was a bit rusty though and had to work at it. I was able to complete three full sets before I ran out of clay. I still have to varnish them, and I hope to do that tomorrow. I'll post the finished product 
<![CDATA[Sixth Grade Final Project]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:11:01 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/sixth-grade-final-projectWell, It's the end of the school year. What a fantastic time I have had working with the Children's Creative Project. I received so much from this experience. God truly blessed me though it. The kids were a blast and filled to the brim with creative energy.

I am really thrilled with the results of the sixth grade project. I followed the state standards for visual arts and focused on positive and negative space, reflections, line of symmetry and radial symmetry. 

We began with a study of lettering. The students were shown how to create block and bubble letters and the first assignment was to produce an alphabet. (I regret that I don't have any pictures to share.)

Next we looked at the negative space around the letters.
This was an interesting experience. Working as a whole group we walked through the example here for the name Darcy. We used our visualization to "see" the right-side of the letters and the left-side. The student drew the shapes between the letters rather than the letters them selves. Finally they colored in the shapes or did some type of Zin Tangle design.
Next we looked at reflection over a line of symmetry to show positive and negative space. 
This wasn't as easy as it looked for some studnets. Some struggled with the flip of the piece over the line of symmetry and added a rotation to the piece. Others couldn't maintain the line of symmetry itself.

Our final project brought all the lessons together. We created a mandala using negative space and reflective symmetry. the results were fantastic. I have posted a slide below. As you look at each piece, try to find the hidden word. Here's a hint: the letters are white. It is the negative space that's filled.
Last but not least, to fill time for those who finished their mandala early, we used a simple process of straight and curved lines to give the illusion of volume.
 The negative space is filled with straight lines and the positive with curved. the results are stunning. 

Like I said, The experience of working with these kids was fantastic! They were so full of imagination. I loved every minute of it!! 
<![CDATA[First Grade final Project]]>Wed, 30 May 2012 00:14:00 GMThttp://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog/first-grade-final-projectAs you know, my first graders have been adding texture to their art projects. Here's a quick review of what we've ben up to. We started out studying Gustav Klimt and his use of color, line and shape to fill his work with texture. We created a piece using "The Kiss" as our inspiration.
Next, we learned texture vocabulary and used a viewfinder to locate shapes and lines that reminded us of a particular texture.
Finally, we recorded our lines and shapes in a texture sketchbook. 
We continued with texture by reading "Where the Wild Things Are," by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. We studied his illustrations to see how he used line and shape to develop texture.
Then we drew monsters and included the lines and shapes from our sketchbooks to show texture.
Next, we painted them with watercolors. As you can see, the results are fantastic!
The teachers now have a great writing prompt. It just so happens that they are working on the use of adjectives. Perfect!