Recent Tales of a Teaching Artist

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When she’s not sorting colored pencils, Erin is mostly likely sorting through something else–usually a reusable scrap material and finding a new unique project for it or helping others with a creative process.

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Right now we are busy with Art FORM activities including planning for summer workshops. Each year its so fun to design new summer themes or reinvent long time favorites. Erin has been teaching art in the studio for 8 summers now–check out this summer’s workshop series with Art FORM below.

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Workshops Hours: 10am-3pm

June

22, 23, 24: Forest Fairies and Magical Dwellings

27, 28, 29, 30: Japanese Aesthetics and Art Making

July

11, 12, 13, 14: Vincent Van Gogh: Color Comes Alive

18, 19, 20: Drawing A-Z

25, 26, 27: Extraordinary Creatures

August

8, 9, 10, 11: Art Trailblazers—The Art of Alternative Map Making

22, 23: Mini-Rooms and Sustainable Landscape Design

25: Bring a Book to Life! Teacher Workshop

For more information or to obtain a registration form for summer workshops email:

erin@artformsandiego.org

What’s Happening at Rare Hare Studio…

Rare Hare Studio’s website is under construction right now.  Stay tuned as we put our new look and offerings into place!

Since January 2008 The Rare Hare Studio has been offering art classes to children ages preschool through 8th grade, introducing a wide variety of materials and techniques.  Students are encouraged to explore supplies and tools freely, as well as to participate in guided lessons. Basic artistic elements such as line, shape, color, texture, form, space, and value, as well as design concepts, are discussed and practiced at appropriate grade levels. Study of these elements is further enhanced by an emphasis upon the use of patterns and rhythm in art. Taking note of patterns in the environment around us and how they can be interrelated is an integral part of this process.

We offer a truly unique mix of classes where participants can discover new things and yet build on what skills they may already have. Some students can draw very well, others may prefer to make sculpture or weave.  At Rare Hare Studio, many of our projects used mixed media, so participants are exposed to a wide range of materials and applications. We offer opportunities to develop existing skills, and introduce new skills in a comfortable, relaxed environment.  

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There is no shortage of inspiring projects,materials, and creative atmosphere during longer workshop days. Sign up today to reserve your slot.  Space is limited in these one-of-a-kind workshops!

Class Visits to Build Ancient Civilizations

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This class of 3rd-5th graders visits the studio to explore ancient civilizations.  We discovered that Rome was not built in a day.

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This student loved the PVC scraps for columns.  This piece of Roman architecture also has a marble floor.

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In a 2nd session, the same student wanted to show how the Romans invented the wheel.  Using scrap wood and odds and ends, this student problemed solved how to make the Roman cart actually move with turning wheels.

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Project, pride and smile say it all.

Summer Camps in Action

The camp day allows for more time to work on projects; we discover that each small step is part of the bigger process.
The camp day allows for more time to work on projects; we discover that each small step is part of the bigger process.
This 4th grade artist works on the small details of a water color painting during Mini Masters Camp
This 4th grade artist works on the small details of a water color painting during Mini Masters Camp
Figuring out where each piece goes is fun, kind of like a puzzle, but with no perfect end result.  Individual artists create it as THEY SEE it,  helping us to appreciate how everyone's work is unique.
Figuring out where each piece goes is fun, kind of like a puzzle, but with no perfect end result. Individual artists create it as THEY SEE it, helping us to appreciate how everyone’s work is unique.
After creating art all morning, we enjoy lunch and hanging out with friends.  After lunch, we take a neighborhood walk including a treat from Viva Pops or Mariposa Ice Cream--feeling refreshed we return for more art!
After creating art all morning, we enjoy lunch and hanging out with friends. After lunch, we take a neighborhood walk including a treat from Viva Pops or Mariposa Ice Cream–feeling refreshed we return for more art!

Camps, Classes, Parties and Special Projects

 

Where else could you say, "I'm proud of my 3-eyed bottle-cap Snake"?

The studio was very busy this summer with full camps each week, thriving artists and projects galore!  We are transistioning from our summer programs into our fall schedule of classes and events.  In addition to Rare Hare’s acitivities we are also excited about progress with Art FORM (Found Objects Recycled Materials) a nonprofit, 501c3 which currently shares space with Rare Hare.  Art FORM offers workshops for students and teachers in creative re-use, and hopes to relocate to another building nearby soon.  Stay tuned as we post more classes and events this fall.  We are also booking private events, such as birthday parties for children or adults or other special group events for the 2012-2013 season.  We recommend booking your event far in advance to secure the date and time that’s best for you.

 

Elvis IS in the building

Some people rescue animals; we rescued these Elvis heads. A local organization was going to throw them in the dumpster, but they found their way to us, and we gave them a new life, and in some cases a new personality.
During this summer's teen camp, students started with a plain, plaster Elvis head and then transformed it into "Elvis As..." We liked the contrast of Lady Gaga next to Kermit the Frog.
Elvis as Paul McCartney from Sgt. Pepper...getting by with a little help from his friends, Ghandi, Beauty, and Harry Potter

Day of the Dead Elvis, Hippie Elvis, and Fire Chief Elvis…all help to make this collection very unique.  The Elvis Head were on display for the Adams Avenue Street Fair and public’s reation was fun to watch.  More people recognized Lady Gaga then Ghandi, which was kind of funny.

Glam-Stache Elvis was attractive enough, even without the mood lighting.
Elvis in action; this 10th grade student creates a cool, abstract painting on the rescued Elvis head.
These teens hold their creations; John Lennon and Ghandi; you know they would have been friends.