Tennessee Arts Academy 2015
Just another day in Paradise!
Where do I start? What an AMAZING week of Professional Development and
Inspirational Theatrical and Instrumental Musings
presented at the beautiful campus of
Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Luckily, I was offered a faculty position to teach a workshop for the 2015 Tennessee Arts Academy. The workshop session I created involved teaching elementary and middle school art teachers the process of painting with children.
So I packed my bags and paint brushes and headed south.
After the first 10 minutes of teaching, I knew I was where I was supposed to be. These were my folks, more like family!
We did not waste a minute! The studio was a buzz with laughter, fun and lots of painted paper!
…and of course
The first project was to create a mixed media still life art piece inspired by Claude Monet’s
We used Model Magic air dry clay to create our beautiful flowers. They were then dried on a piece of 5″ x 5″ cardboard.
On the second day of the workshop the participants painted their flowers with tempera paint. They then created a painted paper arrangement and glued them with tacky glue on to the painted paper background.
These were so beautiful when completed.
Here are just a few……
The next project was to create painted paper.
We painted paper. Lots of paper
with lots of fun materials.
After the painted paper session was completed we started on various painting projects based on the artist Paul Gauguin.
Tahitian landscapes, tiki heads and
tropical flowers to name a few.
Tahitian Landscapes & Tiki Heads lessons can be found at the shop
Just look at these awesome students creating projects bursting with colors! My heart was just filled with delight.
Symmetrical tiki heads
created with painted paper.
We also created large tropical flowers with tempera paint.
you can download the Painted Flower lesson plan here
We also had time to do
Reflections of a Day with Claude Monet!
If you ever have the chance to visit
Tennessee Arts Academy
it is a must!
The folks in Nashville are lovely and will treat you wonderfully!
Love to all my new friends in Tennessee!
Keep on creating!