Recently my Intermediate 2-D kids were heading into a new assignment where they had to be able to draw quickly with pen in a loose style. So I asked them to choose 3 resource pix from magazines and gave them a class period to draw and be inspired by the pix. These are what they came up with. Each is so playful and fun with a very spontaneous feeling. I really like what they did.
I just said good-bye to these two masks up at The Trinket Trader in Crestline. This top one was one of my favs. that I made recently and demonstrated with for my students, and wasn't sure if I should let it go, but I've got to pay the rent, right? I wanted to show the kids what all the oxides looked like stained onto the clay body, and I really liked the effect.
The one below was done several years ago for my students and it's fun to compare the two and see that my style is evolving, getting more textural and colorful. We'll see what I do this year for them, the demo is tomorrow. :)
This year I left out the tye-dye buckets for the whole first quarter and the kids went CRAZY, dyeing their brains out making gifts for themselves, their friends and teammates. So our clothesline outside my room was filled on a daily basis.
The kids also got into eco-dyeing their tennis shoes with flowers from around the school.
We are learning and having so much fun in the process here at Whitney High School in Cerritos!
Have I told you lately HOW MUCH I LOVE MY JOB!!!!!!!! :)
Here are juniors Laarnie Barcelon and Reis Masaka proudly displaying their hand-dyed, hand-knit scarfs, having made them with their homemade knitting needles that were featured earlier in the year.
Knitting was fairly new to both kids, Laarnie having experimented a bit on her own. But in this unit, they not only learn to knit and purl but also how to do at least different patterns that they have to stitch together into a long scarf.
Reis took to it like a duck to water. Laarnie struggled a bit to keep her tension even and the same number of stitches throughout her pattern, but i really liked and was inspired by her finished product.
The uneven tension and added sttiches creates waves and movement so that next year I might have the kids incorporate that into their designs. Laarniw aslo has a sense of whimsy that she brings to all her work. Here and below you can see her added felt butterflies, flowers and buttons, another great idea for next year!
In both scarfs you can see how lovely their hand-dyed yarns look. We used food color to dye with to keep the kids safe.
Thinking a lot today about my mom on her birthday, and sharing a little of her and her life with my students. She was born Rose Patricia Geraci in Cleveland , Ohio on December 5, 1916, the same year as the infamous crooner, Frank Sinatar. She went to work in the Garment Industry with her mother, Anna, in downtown Cleveland right out of high school to help support her eldest sister Josephine who was attending college to become a teacher.
My grandpa Benny moved the entire family (all five siblings) out to California, a few at a time, so that by 1944 they were all here and settled in South Gate. Both my grandmother and my mom took jobs in the Los Angeles Garment District, my grandmother a pattern maker and my mother (because of her beautiful sewing skills) was hired to sew the samples that went out with the salesmen, while her middle sister, my Aunt Elena and grandfather ran a vegetable and fruit stand in two local grocery stores. My grandfather went on to purchase a liquor store in Watts and a bar that my mother's brother Johnny ran.
My mother was widowed 3 times in her life, and was only able to conceive one child after several failed attempts and much sadness. She told me many times in my life that I was a gift to her at age 40 when she finally had me. I was 39 when I had my daughter.
When Rose got to California she started using her middle name and called herself Patty. She lived with my father, Donald Edward Price, her 2nd husband in Alhambra., but shortly after I was born he passed away and we went to live with my grandfather and Aunt in South Gate.
At age 5 my mother and Aunt Elena bought a brand new home in the new and growing community of La Mirada. In five years my auntie moved on to her own little place back in South Gate, and my mother married for her 3rd and final time to my step-father, Webster Foote. So now she was R. Patricia Foote. She went on to outlive yet another husband when he passed in 1980, and she stayed in that home until after my son was born in 1988, when she moved to Yorba Linda to be closer to us, and made a tidy little profit on her home of 30 years.
My mother was smart with money and property investments. She owned a 4 plex apartment building in Anaheim, a beach house in Dana Point and a home on a golf course in Palm Desert. She also worked part time at Emery Elementary School in Buena Park as it's Librarian.
After her retirement she was very active in the senior community centers around town, in her church group and she loved to travel. Her favorite trip was going back to her roots in Italy and visiting her cousins in both Naples and Palermo, Sicily.
My mother was my daycare for both my son and daughter until the age of 82 when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She lived with that for 10 more years before I lost her at 92. She would have been 97 today.
Happy Birthday Mom, you were and are the most amazing woman I've ever known and a wonderful example for me everyday of your life. You gave and taught me unconditional love, and a love of reading, nature, and animals. You surrounded me with love and beauty. You were also my best friend and there isn't a day that I don't think of you and miss you.
Nicole, Zach's sweetheart of a girlfriend, managed to thoroughly surprise my son Zach for his 25th birthday at my Ex, Inars' home in Yorba Linda a couple weeks ago.
Zach had absolutely no idea that Nicole planned this whole thing with Inars. Jim and I were instrumental in the deception of getting him to the party on time and unawares. Nicole spent weeks pulling all his boyhood friends together and prepping for the occasion. One of them actually came all the way down from Sacramento to join us.
There was lots of great food, and yes, I''m afraid, drinking too, but responsibly, right :)
Zach blew out the candles on his deliciously, healthy carrot cupcakes that Nicole's mom, Mary made.
And luckily we had Boogie Agrums there for clean up duty atop the bar-b-que when no one was looking LOL
Artist Illustrator Carla Sonheim inspires me on a daily basis to keep my assignments fresh and current for my 2-D students. Based on a class I took with her this last summer this was a warm up exercise that I recently did with my Intermediate 2-D kids before they worked on their actual assignment.
Senior Jasmine Zhao's turned out so well that I had to post it...
So junior Nick Tudor walked into my room on Halloween Day and I asked him why he had on a suit with a horse head on his shoulder. He said it was an ass's head and that he was supposed to be a politician.
I guess these kids know a bit more about our government then we give them credit for! LOL
Jim and his band "The Rockits" played last night at Java Joe's in Yorba Linda. The High Lites from Vegas weren't able to join them, but it was still a great time.
We've got a couple new band members so the song list has changed up with many great new tunes from the 70's like "Groovin" and "Tracks of my Tears".
Deke from "Deke and The Blazers" is our new lead singer, and he rocked the house. He also plays Vegas for the duo, Dick and Dee Dee. And of course Dan was superb on his sax, and Pat played his piano like there was no tomorrow. Gary is our new drummer, and is responsible for many of the new song choices the boys are playing. He comes to us from his own band, Acoustic Conversation.
I'll try to keep you all posted when their next gig is so you can join us.