Monthly archives for April, 2015

I’m a Little Teapot…(a work in progress)

Pinch Pot Teapots

I had my ceramics class last night, which I am treating myself to as a way to experiment, play, and learn new things about my art making practice (I am more of a 2D artist). Class is so fun too– it is awesome to be able to socialize with a great group of people. This […]

Collagraph Printmaking for All Ages

Collagraph Printmaking for All Ages!

What is a collagraph you say? It’s a very fun and simple method of printmaking that involves adhering materials to a plate (board) to build up a surface that will then be rolled with ink and printed. Collagraphy is accessible to everyone and doesn’t involve using dangerous or sharp carving tools like many other printmaking […]

Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream!

Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream!

Shaving cream paper marbling has been an art project circulating the web for awhile now, and rightfully so…it is super fun! Kids “ooh and ahh” at the incredibly beautiful results they achieve. The project is easy enough for children to do almost entirely on their own, it is tactile, creative, and messy in a really […]

Get Your Hands Dirty! (building a terrarium)

final plants_April 13, 2015

It’s my favorite time of year! This past weekend the entire downtown or our cute little city was transformed into a garden extravaganza! Vendors from all over the state come annually for this huge flower and garden festival and I just get so excited! I go up and down the streets looking at all the […]

Practice Makes Perf-…You Better.

after blending the two slabs together, i took a cutting tool and trimmed the bowl so that it was flush with the inside edge of the mold. i used a hand held cheese cutting wire (looks like a handle in the shape of a goal post with a wire across), but a sharp fettling knife or tool would work too.

“Hello, my name is Trish O’Donnell, and I am a recovering perfectionist.” Step one is admitting to the problem. I say “recovering” because I will never stop being a perfectionist. I have obsessed with doing everything as perfectly as possible for as long as my memory goes back. It has been something I have prided […]

Old School vs. New School

Old School vs New School

Everything has a beginning. Most everyone agrees that visual art plays an important role in human development, but how and when did art education become a part of compulsory education? There have been a multitude of social, cultural, and historical events that have shaped art education throughout the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries into what […]

Springtime Spray Paint Garden Silhouettes

Springtime Spray Paint Garden Silhouettes

Spring is in the air! The bees are buzzing, the butterflies are fluttering, and flowers are blossoming! Today’s project get us outside enjoying nature and inspiring our art. I’ll take you step-by-step how to make a beautiful layered painting using liquid watercolors as spray paint. For a more in depth description, visit here to see […]