I did it. I set up shop last night and hung out with my palette knife. We are best buds. Completed in the AM today, this dahlia inspired floral portrait is dressed in various green hues with hints of warm and cool patches, just like the ocean’s current.My painting session consisted of Gerry Rafferty Radio on Pandora, delicious colors that felt like butter while mixing and an ice cold martini. Thanks, Nicky.
Gotta love Gamblin’s Transparent Orange. I use it as an intense under painting color and it stuns the eye in details. Here is my floral work in progress. By mid session it reminded me of Blanche’s bedspread in Golden Girls. No Joke. Not good. Had to work on my palette choices. Can you sense the GG’s? or Miami Beach? Well, it is what it is.
Have you painted lately? What colors live on your palette these days?
Thank you for being a friend. -MJ
markers organized by hue and temperature
The local thrift store in my neighborhood organizes their articles of clothing by type and by COLOR. This method of categorization is what excites my senses and motivates me to search, touch and discover great finds. But this is not the first time I have seen this done, for it is an imperative attribute of the display of materials at the infant and toddler schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. I had the opportunity to experience being in their classrooms and have learned that the Reggio approach believes that the learning environment is the third teacher and the organization of materials plays a crucial part in engaging students in art making. To learn more about the Reggio approach to teaching, click here.
beautifully organized wooden materials at Beginnings Nursery
To promote self-service, the materials in my art studio are always available to students and on display on the counter tops. Markers, colored pencils, oil pastels and water color pencils are organized by hue and temperature. Students use trays to collect their color choices as well as scissors and glue at their leisure when they need them. We take the time to discuss how materials can be used mindfully and respectfully and how we can practice responsibility during clean up by placing every tool back in their “home base”.
oil pastels organized by temperature
The material display is eye-catching and inspiring. When objects are organized by color, I can’t help but want to TOUCH! Promoting student engagement and a desire to explore is my goal as an art teacher and maintaining a welcoming work environment will help achieve that goal. When a space is cluttered, our minds can easily become cluttered. Children will feel safe and eager to explore in a planned, clean space.
bins labeled by hue and temperature through text and color swatches
Using text and visuals together in a label or message display helps children to make connections between words and images. Every picture tells a story, don’t it?
Do you enjoy organizing? What have been some successful and/or aesthetically pleasing ways you have designed a space?
a selection of eye candy that tickles my fancy and may do the same jazz for you.
i. love. colors. what makes you smile?
description of images from top to bottom: 1. box o’ colored pencils 2. hand painted table 3. collaged star made from hand painted tissue papers 4. patrick’s birthday card 5. watercolor fun with shannon timoney photography 6. collaged squares from blueschool.org 7. hand painted plates for john and eleana 8. new years postcards 9. refurbished oil pastel bits 9. the joy of painting 10. texture relief prints 11. crayon love 12. more new years postcards 13. oil painting feels like spreading pigmented butter. yum.
thanks for viewing. have a colorful day. -MJ