Saturday, April 22, 2006

Crystal Srings Elementary-Medieval Art Festival! -4/21/06

Outreach Assigment: Crystal Springs Elementary

1200 Hammond Blvd
Jax, Fl

Contact Person: Art Teacher, Sandi Coffey
School #: 693-7645
Session 1: 10 am -11:15
Session 2: 12:10-1:45

This event was a parade not our typical classroom workshop setup. Every though there was a lot of kids parading past my table asking questions and watching me paint, the experience was fun! Check out the photos. It was also enjoyable spending time with the art teacher Sandi Coffey and her associates. Spending time with them helped to reinforce why this outreach program is so important a service to the greater community.

Lots of Interested Kids At Crystal Springs Art Parade!- 4/21/06

Crystal Springs Kids Watching Art Demo On Yupo Paper!-4/21/06

What is Yupo paper? It's an awesome synthetic (plastic) paper that you really can't mess up. The kids and teachers were fascinated by the paper and how easy it was to keep the "white" of the paper and making corrections.

The Art Demo on Yupo at Crystal Springs Elementary-4/21/06!

Since the theme of the Art Festival/Parade was "medieval", I thought I'd bring some fencing images and work on something related to swordplay. The kids seemed to enjoy it. Our conversation throughout the day fluctuated between painting and fencing. That was great because they are two of my passions!

It's a saber fencer. The painting is a work in progress but I started the image at the beginning of the parade and just kept working on it while the kids asked questions. I actually started from a reference photo I took at the the 2005 Summer Nationals Fencing Championship in Sacramento, California for a personal client.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Preparation for Stonewall Jackson Elementary-4/19/06 & 4/26/06

I'm posting this so that future teachers and JWS instructors can use it as a guide as to what they can expect when conducting a watercolor workshop.

First after introducing myself or being introduced by the art teacher, I give a mini lecture using visual aids. Before hand, I ask the art teacher about any themes or projects the kids are presently working on and then I try to find visual aids that fit. The Cummer Museum is an excellent resource for educational materials to be used in the classroom. The contact person there is Fran Phelps.

The lecture will be on Winslow Homer and Vincent Van Gohn and there differences in there watercolor technique and application. Some of the questions I asked the children:

1. What objects or shapes do you see when you look at the painting A and painting B?

2. What colors were used?

3. What feelings do those particular colors they make you happy or sad ?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Great Fun at Stonewall Jackson Elementary!

Today, April 19, 2006 , Princess Rashid represented the Jacksonville Watercolor Society by conducting two watercolor workshops at Stonewall Jackson Elementary. She worked closely with the art teacher there named Patricia Sadler. The watercolor workshops taught were for her 4th and 5th graders.

The first batch of kids of 4th graders arrived promptly at 8:50 am. The session lasted about 50 min. Then the next class of 5th graders came around 9:50 am.

Everyone is having so much fun that even the art teacher, Ms. Sadler, tries her hand at watercolor!

4th grade students with their work-4/19/06

These are two young artists from Ms. Sadler's 4th grade at Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

4th grade work at Stonewall Jackson Elementary-4/19/06

This beautiful work was done in Ms. Patricia Sadler's class in just one 50 min session by her one of her fourth grade classes. the theme for todays project was seascapes. I gave them two examples; one from Winslow Homer and another from Van Gogh. We discussed the wet on wet and dry brush techniques. The children were given choices in what technique to apply. I was really impressed with how fast many of them caught on! Good jobs kids!!!! Thank you Ms. Sadler!!!

5th grade students with their work-4/19/06

This class was pretty serious. Most of them were very concerned with having a successful painting. It was a little difficult at first for them to loosen up but I think for the most part they got it at the end. These paintings were also done in a 50 min period.

5th grade artwork at Stonewall Jackson -4/19/06

Check out this nice work done by my second session which was Ms. Sadler's 5th grade class.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Outreach Opportunity-Stonewall Jackson Elementary -April 2006

Hey Team,

I was contacted today by Patricia Sadler of Stonewall Jackson Elementary. She has several oppprtunities for us to conduct watercolor workshops for her 4th and 5th graders in April 2006.

Location: Stonewall Jackson Elementary School

6127 Cedar Hills Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210

School Phone #: 904 573-1020
Date: April 19th & April 26th

Two JWS Outreach Instructors Needed for the following classes :

8:50 am -9:40 am - 4th grade
9:50 am -10:40 am -5th grade
10:45am -11:30 am- 4th grade
12:25 pm -1:45 pm - 5th grade

Please post comment on this blog in response or send email to me at or 904 745-0956.