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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!

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)

Highlights from Fall and Winter

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We were crazy for owls this past fall.  These were made using upholstery fabric scraps.  Both kids and adults created these unique pieces.

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Making these owls was a hoot.  One young lady decided to have her birthday party at the studio, with the theme of…you guessed it, OWLS.  She and her friends each made their own distinct owl.

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This upholstery fabric looks so much better as an owl, then on a sofa; check out the button eyes and reclaimed cork board nose.

Recent Projects and Summer Highlights!

 In the summer camp Old Fashioned Crafts, we made pantins, a French paper doll similar to a jacking jack.  Digging through the big bin of recycled papers to choose our designs in half the fun!

In the summer camp Old Fashioned Crafts, we made pantins, a French paper doll similar to a jacking jack. Digging through the big bin of recycled papers to choose our designs in half the fun!

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Borrowing from an “old fashioned” type of game, we played Pin the Ear On Van Gogh on the patio during our break.  It didn’t matter where the ear ended up, we were all in stitches!

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These gentlemen are sporting their King Tut hats, made from recycled grocery sacks in Egyptian Camp.

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In addition to creating lots of art with Egyptian themes, another hightlight was excavating hidden treasures from ancient rocks.

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This camper leaves Egyptian Summer Camp with enough projects to fill a pyramid including a treasure map, a scarab necklace, a mummy and more!

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In Asian Art, we studied what one student called the “calm nature” of the art and images.  We used water colors to make beautiful paper kimonos.

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We often noticed that the colors in our kimonos were the same colors we were wearing in our clothes!

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In Found Objects camp we used fallen palm fronds to create animal faces; the shape lends itself to an awesome elephant, but we had a few giraffes and one rhino to boot!  The garden patio provides a nice alternative to inside; we stay cool and the paint dries fast!

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Another studio favorite is the postage stamp art; using cancelled postage stamps as the muse, students create a scene based on the image.  In this case, this second grade student used a 1970’s stamp of the moon landing  and shuttle lauch to create a space scene.

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Found Objects camp included these odd birds made from recycled plastic bottles.

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In Intermediate Art Skills, students in grades 5th-7th worked on the elements of art and design by drawing from a still life.  It’s hard to tell the difference between the real objects and this student’s amazing rendering.  I think Cezanne would approve.

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Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s take on the forest, Intermediate Art Skills students did their own versions, choosing which season and corresponding colors was best for them.  We also chose from faux wood paneling scraps to make our trees; notice one student’s idea of placing a Klimt figure in their spring forest (below).

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For our middle school camp we took students to San Francisco for 5 days.  On day one we took in the amazing murals of the Mission District; this student is looking at a mural of an alley of murals while standing in an actual alley of murals….upon our return we created murals and many other aspects of our trip to San Francisco.  After the one week trip we spent a week creating the Living Map of San Francisco in the studio showing the different neighborhoods and points of interest.

 

Family Nature and Creativity

This amazing creation was made by a 6th grade student.
This amazing creation was made by a 6th grade student.

This family class provided a chance for everyone to explore materials from nature. There were Mom and Dads and kids of all ages using bark, shells, beach glass, seed pods, branches, pine cones and more to create mini environments, mobiles, and sculptures, such as this face and bird.

One Dad used drift wood, bark, and sand dollars to make this face.
One Dad used drift wood, bark, and sand dollars to make this face.

 

This piece of drift wood said "beak" to a partipating Mom, and thus, the bird was born!
This piece of drift wood said "beak" to a partipating Mom, and thus, the bird was born!

Scrumptious Sculpture!

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Eye candy like you never seen it before!  This class was a big hit; we couldn’t stop making them, eating real cupcakes as we worked on the sculpture.

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Each cupcake was highly specialized, made with sweet, artful ingredients.  We were in awe of one, then someone else would finish, and we then be in awe of the next one!

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Fun to make, and great as gifts for Valentine’s Day, and Birthdays.  The Moms are coming back for a Mom’s Night Out with Cupcake Art!  Cupcakes are so tempting, you want to eat more than one; with Cupcake Sculpture, zero calories; 100% fun.

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Day of the Dead Altar Making

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Contructed from recycled wood scraps, families assembled their table/altar and began the process of creating mini-offerings like fruits and vegetables, cakes and pies, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), flowers, and other details.  Using skulls and skeletons to enhance the altar, families explored many different combinations, making each altar so unique.

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These sisters worked side by side making great pieces; notice the mini-papel picado hanging under the left altar, requiring patience and skill with scissors.

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Using wood scraps, thread spools, and other recycled and reclaimed materials, the altars came alive…and the skeletons were dancing!

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These mother-daughter altar pieces were award winning!  Can you see the wine bottle, newspaper, and the bounty of fruits and vegetables?  These are no ready-made Costco deli platters!