March 22, 2017

Painting cabbage in watercolor - I have always wanted to teach my students how to paint cabbage. Cabbage is very challenging because it requires knowledge of values. Values are the darks and lights which form the object the artist wishes to paint. If the values on the cabbage are executed properly, the artist will not need to rely on line to define this lovely vegetable. Since this particular watercolor class is called “Loose and Free",  I had the students spray their paper with water first and then paint.  Below is the reaction of one of my students after I gave the instruction to wet the paper first. 

 Student Work

March 15, 2017

Make Horse Sculptures from Wire - We are having an exhibit at the Vero Beach Museum of Art on Deborah Butterfield. It is a fantastic display of horses, larger than life made with metal scrap pieces and some bronze that resembles found wood pieces. The students were amazed at the way she assembled these pieces to make such beautiful sculptures.


  • Aluminum Wire

  • Needle Nose Pliers with Cutter

  • Horse Skeleton Template

  • Block of wood 10" x 4"

  • Wood Stain

  • Sander

  • Drill


  1. Cut 3 lengths of wire 24" long

  2. Place one of the wires over the skeleton of the horse and form the head. 

  3. Twist wire to close head

  4. Form torso and bend tail

  5. Bend second wire in half and attach to torso where back legs attach

  6. Make a loop at each joint in horse leg (refer often to template)You should have two legs using the one wire.

  7. Attach third wire to front of torso where front legs begin on template.

  8. Loop at each joint. (the legs should be s...

March 8, 2017

Magritte inspired art project.


Magritte was a surrealist who was best known for his witty and thought-provoking images and his use of simple graphics and everyday imagery.This project is perfect for kids and teens. It did not go well with people with Alzheimer's, I think they are kind of living in a surreal world and this confusing to them.  I used the artist Magritte as my muse. His paintings are very intriguing and spark some interesting discussion. I got this lesson off of Pinterest. This is a great site for ideas. 


  • 2 Sheets of watercolor paper on the vertical

  • brushes

  • watercolors

  • tempura paint (white sky blue, black)

  • wet paper towel roll for clouds (Viva Towels are the best).

  • water container

  • tape

  • scissors

  • glue

  • marker

  • bird template

  • Magritte art samples

  • Magritte bio


On one sheet of watercolor paper, trace a bird with black marker.

Sign name on same side as tracing

Flip over

Paint whole sheet in...

March 6, 2017

Calligraphy Lesson for All Ages 

My good friend Carla came to my Intergenerational class to teach the art of Calligraphy. The seniors and teens loved it and did such a fantastic job. I decided to post this lesson so that I wouldn't forget how it was done.

Calligraphy Lesson


Two pencils taped together


Black fine permanent marker

Black Medium nib permanent marker


Colored Pencils

Bristol paper

Colored paper

glue sticks

Template of letters

Examples of Calligraphy


Practice copying a letter with the pencils

Keep the heel of your hand on the table at all times while resting the pencil in the cradle of your hand between your thumb and index finger.

Once you are confident, make a bigger letter of your choosing. 

Make a border on your bristol paper with tape.

Draw letter inside border.

Design the letter making improvements and decorative flourishes.

Color and mount on colored paper.


 Student Work

March 5, 2017

Rainbow Graphic Art Project for Kids 

I love this project. This is a fun colorful project to do at the beginning of spring.It is a great one to do with people that have limited mobility or Alzheimer's. Color has a miraculous cheering ability. Dick Blick's Liquid watercolors are so bright and pretty, a joy to work with. Be prepared for a lot of ooooh's, and ahhhhh's. .


  • Watercolor paper

  • Brushes #12

  • Liquid watercolors (Dick Blick)

  • Red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple

  • Water container

  • Black construction paper larger than the watercolor paper

  • Scissors

  • Black Marker

  • Glue Sticks


  1. One watercolor paper draw a pattern across the paper vertically

  2. Put name on paper

  3. Flip over the paper and turn it horizontal.

  4. Make colored stripes in the order of the rainbow about 1 1/2 " thick.

  5. Set aside to dry

  6. Clean table

  7. Have students finish the sentence "Rainbows ......"

  8. Write their quotes and sign their name o...

March 1, 2017

Andy Warhol Hand Prints

Art Project-

Andy Warhol was a pop artist. He came up with the concept of using mass-produced commercial goods in his art. He called it Pop Art. Pop art is art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values.He would use commercial images and reproduce them over and over. One early example of this was a series on Campbell's Soup cans. In one painting he had two hundred Campbell's soup cans repeated over and over. Andy often used silkscreen and lithography to create his pictures.

Famous People Andy also used pictures of famous people. He would repeat the same portrait over and over, but use different colors and effects in each picture. Some of the celebrities he had as subjects include Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. 

Andy soon became a very famous celebrity himself. He opened a new studio called "The Factory". He not only worked on his art there, but had large parties with wealt...

February 24, 2017

Upside Down Drawing Lesson-

When I teach drawing, I like to take a close up of a photo with lights and darks, turn it upside down and have the students draw what they see. This is always a successful lesson. The results are shockingly good.


Photo for copying

black paper the same size and shape as photo

white, black, orange, yellow, blue pastels


glue stick

colored paper for mounting


Cut black paper to same size as photo

Fold photo in half vertically and horizontally to get middle. Trace over folds with white chalk.

On black paper use ruler to find middle and mark with white chalk.

Have students turn photo upside down

Have students look at the negative space (the spaces that are not the animal, ie. background) and copy that shape onto the paper first.

Have them measure where the features are and color in.

Don't turn paper until finished.

Results of Upside Down Drawings (Done by 8 year old children)

Result of Upside Down Drawings (done by teens and seniors) 


  • The st...

February 16, 2017

make figures out of tin foil

February 15, 2017

Make Ballerinas inspired by Edgar Degas-

 This art activity is perfect for kids and seniors with alzheimer's disease. I wanted to find a figure activity and thought that Edgar Degas would be the perfect artist to showcase while making movable ballerinas. 


  • History on Degas to share with group

  • Template of ballerina on card stock

  • Scissors

  • Markers or colored pencil

  • Small 1/2" brads

  • Hole punch

  • Tacky Glue

  • Tissue paper


  1. Show photos of ballerinas observing the poses and colors.    

  2. Talk about Degas and his life 

  3. Pass out template of ballerina

  4. Have the students cut out ballerina body parts

  5. Punch holes through the black dots on template with hole punch.

  6. Place brads through holes to secure legs and arms

  7. Color  and decorate ballerina

  8. Add tissue paper tutu and head piece by pinching tissue on one end creating a fan shape. Glue right at skinny part at the waist.

  9. Talk about Degas' life wh...

February 14, 2017

 Make watercolor hearts fun and easy. I used coffee filters and watercolor pour paints to facilitate this exciting project. It is the perfect activity for people with alzheimer's disease. This project took about 1 1/2 hours including clean up.


  • Scissors

  • coffee filters (5) per person

  • Black Marker

  • Tacky glue

  • Pink and mint green construction paper ( the mint green contrast well with the pink hearts and is light enough to not over shadow the see through coffee filters). Make sure the green paper is slightly smaller than the pink so their is a nice pink border.

  • Copy Paper to put under hearts while painting

  • Liquid Watercolors

  • Paint brushes (size med/small to make sure they dont go too fast).

  • Plastic condiment cups with lids

  • Water marked H20 in cups not resembling drinking cups. One per person.


  1. Put 5 coffee filter together, fold in half and make a black line with permanent marker (photo a). Make sure you chang...

January 25, 2017

Marc Chagall Stained Glass Project - This week I went to SRA, the Senior Resource Assoc. in Vero Beach. SRA provides services designed to promote an active, healthy, independent lifestyle for older adults. One a week I provide a fun art project for them to do.  This week was Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Marc Chagall was a Russian jew, who used memories from his childhood for imagery in his paintings. Much of his inspiration was from his religious upbringing. His stained glass windows are displayed all over the world. 

For me a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world. Stained glass has to be serious and passionate. It is something elevating and exhilarating. It has to live through the perception of light. To read the Bible is to perceive a certain light, and the window has to make this obvious through its simplicity and grace... The thoughts have nested in me for many years, since the time when my feet walked on the Holy Lan...

January 11, 2017

Teach the Zentangle Method to teens.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.


8" x 8" white card stock


super fine black sharpie

good music for focus (classical Spanish guitar)



10" x 10" black card stock for mounting (optional)

glue stick

clip board, paper and pencil


  1. A small lesson on pattern before starting is good.

  2. Very lightly with a pencil, draw a ¼ border around the white card stock.

  3. Very Lightly draw a haphazard line starting from one end inside the border across the paper to the other end. Do not exceed the border.

  4. Uncap your sharpie and start making patterns and shapes. Remember to fill in black in some spots for contrast.

  5. Work for 40 minutes then take a break.

  6. Take...

January 11, 2017

 I made these lanterns at the request of Mary from the Senior Resource Association in Vero Beach, Florida. It is the new year after all and it motivated me to research how the Chinese celebrate their New Years Lantern Festival.  I was surprised to see that they have some curious traditions. They are a superstitious people and believe the color red means good luck. Needless to say, a lot of red underwear is sold during the New Years Lantern Festival.

Here is a list of supplies and instruction on how to make these beautiful lanterns.


  • 1 - 8 ½” x 11” White Card Stock per person

  • 1 - 8 ½” x 11” Red Tissue paper per person

  • 1 Glue stick per person

  • 1 tacky glue per table

  • 1 Scissor per person

  • 1 Stapler per table

  • 1 Stamp & ink pad per person

  • 1 Glitter glue pen per person

  • 1 Instruction sheet per table

  • 1 Sheet of riddles per table

  • special design making scissors ( 2 per table)

  • 4 black marker per table

  • heavy string for hanging...

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