Recent Tales of a Teaching Artist and Summer Workshops

Rare Hare Studio began in 2008….and here we are 9 years later, and Art FORM is in full bloom.

In addition to teaching, Erin Pennell spends many hours supporting Art FORM’s mission, seeking and processing donations, grant writing, and fostering partnerships with local museums, nonprofits, and other civic agencies. When she’s not sorting reuse and diverting materials from the landfill, Erin is likely to be sorting through some other aspect or challenge of the creative reuse nonprofit journey.  Transforming a reusable scrap material, finding a unique project for it or helping others with a creative, sustainable process is thrilling for Erin, as she is committed to arts education with creative reuse.

Currently Erin is 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 9 summers now–check out this summer’s workshop series with Art FORM below.

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Workshops Hours: 10am-3pm

June 19 – 22 4-Day 1st– 6th Musical Instruments & Mask Making
June 26 – 29 4-Day 1st – 7th Birds Eye View—Drawing & Flying
July 10-12 3-Day 1st – 7th Mini-Masters and Paint Lab
July 17-19 3-Day K – 7th Grand Castles, Rogue Hideaways and Accessories
July 24 -26 3-Day 1st-7th Fabric-ca-dab-ra!
July 31 – Aug 4 4-Day Teens Creative Reuse Fashion, Sound Suits and Community Service
Aug 7-10 4-Day K-5th It’s A Jungle Out There-Animals, Insects and Wild Complexities
Aug 14-16 3-Day 1st -7th Mini-Rooms, Mazes, and Maps
Aug 23-25 12-5pm Teachers Art FORM Store— Back to School Bonanza!

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

erin@artformsandiego.org

Full schedule and more information about Art FORM

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.

Recent projects, camps and classes

The varied patterns and colors on our windsocks brightened up the patio this past summer in Asian Art Camp
The varied patterns and colors we made on our windsocks brightened up the patio this past summer during Asian Art Camp.
This 5th grade student explores watercolors and value, discovering how her application or light or dark colors creates a pattern in her painting. (Asian Art Camp)
This 5th grade student explores watercolors and value, discovering how her application or light or dark colors creates a pattern in her painting. (Asian Art Camp)
Ah, matey, Pirate Camp was full of adventure as Pirate Teams had to navigate through a challenging game discovering the fun of history, combined with the "art" of being a pirate.
Ah, matey, Pirate Camp was full of adventure as Pirate Teams had to navigate through a challenging game discovering the fun of history, combined with the "art" of being a pirate.
This pirate really got into her treasure map, along with the pirate fashion.  In summer camps, the structure allows us several days to work and complete projects, enjoying the process, along with being playful with the theme.
This pirate really got into her treasure map, along with the pirate fashion. In summer camps, the structure allows us several days to work and complete projects, enjoying the process, along with being playful with the theme.
This Fairy Artist makes the adjustment she needs to make her fairy crown fit just right. (Fairies and Woodland Creatures Camp)
This Fairy Artist makes the adjustment she needs to make her fairy crown fit just right. (Fairies and Woodland Creatures Camp)
These two pre-K artists enjoy making friends and having fun during our lunch break. (Jackson Pollock Jr. Summer Camp)
These two pre-K artists enjoy making friends and having fun during our lunch break. (Jackson Pollock Jr. Summer Camp)