Tropical Landscapes and Tennessee Arts Academy

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……
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 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.
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       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.
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**Freebie alert**
 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! 



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  • Reply
    July 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Oh, my goodness! Love these, all of them. I had planned a scratch art tiki face for next year…I may have to borrow this! Looks like you had loads of fun.

  • Reply
    July 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Αll of them were excellent! Congratulations!!!!!!

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    Katarzyna Wójcik- Respendowicz
    February 4, 2016 at 5:34 am

    I'm under impression.Good job:)

  • Reply
    Tami Smith
    November 23, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Are you going to present at any upcoming conventions or Tennessee again
    I live in Seattle and would love to attend one of your workshops.
    Thanks. Tami s.

    • Reply
      November 25, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Aww Thank you! Don’t have anything planned for this year. We have some big projects in the works! So stay tuned. 🙂

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