Saturday, September 12, 2015

If Picasso Went to the Zoo Is Available!

Why am I so excited that a book by Eric Gibbons is available? Because it isn't just by him, not really. He invited lots of fellow art teacher to contribute illustrations and I was one of those lucky ones to be included. This is the first time an artwork of mine has been used as an illustration and it is in such a terrific book.

The premise of If Picasso Went to the Zoo is that many famous artists see animals at the zoo and depict them in their known style. Well, in this case the artists are actually a group of art teachers emulating the styles of different artists. My artist was realist Gustave Courbet and my animal was a chimpanzee. Gotta love the alliteration (Courbet's Chimpanzee).

Courbet's Chimpanzee 14 x 14 Oil on Panel Copyright Margaurita Spear 2015

Truly I have been sitting on this secret project for so long because the book was not yet published, but since it became available last month I can share.

The book is available at select retailers, as well as Amazon at this link: If Picasso Went to the Zoo - Buy on Amazon

Each animal is accompanied by a poem (tie in to literacy) and includes leaves to represent its status (endangered, etc.).

This is the second book in the series. The first was If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree. And there are more in the works, but that's still hush hush.

If you get the book be sure to share a rave review.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Online Booking Now Available Through Wyzant

You can now book lessons with me in drawing or painting, as well as tutoring in art history.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Partnership with Holten Street Creative Spaces

I am excited to be partnering with Holten Street Creative Spaces to offer some imaginative and fun art classes for kids, teens and adults. We are starting with a great selection of summer offerings and hope to offer more in the fall. See the poster below or visit the website at: Holten Street Classes

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Little Painted Birds

Some more little Artist Trading Card sized paintings... this time its all gone to the birds.


February Vacation Week Art Making

Over February vacation week, about a month ago ( I know shame on me for not posting sooner) I taught a selection of art lessons to fifth grade students. These students were attending math camp all morning and spent the afternoon in enrichment classes, like mine.

Here is just some of the art making fun we had...

We made ribbon bound books on the first day. These are artist trading card size when they are closed up accordion style. Normally we would have added something to the pages, but for this class the kids got to bring them home right away.

On the second day we made faces inspired by the graphic images of Alexander Calder. There was a Calder exhibit last summer at the local museum and I was so thrilled to hear how many students remembered attending it!

On the third day we made initial collages with fabric. For many students this project lasted into the fourth day so they could finish it up. In a regular classroom setting we would have worked much larger and outlined the letters with black paint so they would stand out more. But we did not have the time or space for that.

And on the fourth and final day I set up "art centers". One was for those students who needed to finish the initial project from the day before. Another was an art game called "Exquisite Corpse". And the third was one that required a little demo on how to make 3D lettering (as seen in these student examples).