I had my last day teaching at the Family Art Studio at Glen Echo this past Saturday. It was an amazing final day. My youngest brothers even came to visit me! I will miss working at Glen Echo, but I cannot sustain a 6-7 day work week forever, so I decided to ask if I... Continue Reading →
This year I decided to amp up the one point perspective room drawing and add another level of design. While reflecting on last year's "dream bedrooms" I realized that there was a lot of untapped potential in the assignment. I hadn't thought about what a real interior designer might bring to a pitch in order... Continue Reading →
Working Weekends: My Second (Third and Fourth) Job(s)
If you've known me for a while then you know I've worked at Glen Echo Park in Maryland for eight of the past nine summers now, and about nine weeks each summer. I took off one summer to travel to Salamanca Spain, where my father re-married and I studied Spanish at the Universidad de Salamanca.... Continue Reading →
First Day Back- Clay Attack!
Today was my first day back at Glen Echo, a national park and partnership for the arts that hosts a variety of children's and adult's classes in the arts. Today I focused on sculptures and preparation for our color wheels. How amazing are these sculptures that we made by a few of the young 6-8... Continue Reading →
It is getting close to summertime and I am experiencing nostalgia. I have now worked for 8 years as a summer art teacher at one of the most beautiful national park cites in the US, Glen Echo Park in Maryland. Here are a few gems from last year.
Every summer now for 7 years straight I have worked at Glen Echo Park Partnership for the arts. About 5 years ago I became the lead teacher and it has been the most wonderful experience. See previous posts for more information: https://emmastevenson.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/one-of-the-amazing-things-we-do/ or https://emmastevenson.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/camp-has-started/ So this past summer it was once again time to head down to... Continue Reading →
Little girls just love sunglasses. Here are a few of my fans rockin' my shades.
On Monday in the afternoon my Decorative Fine Arts Campers create decorative tiles, that become mini relief sculptures. They also create sculptures using the pinching and pulling technique. When it comes time to paint the finished, fired pieces I only do a brief demonstration and then let my students help themselves to paint (at this... Continue Reading →
The Wonder of Fossils
On Thursday afternoons at the Decorative Fine Arts camp, we gather rocks and leaves and bits of plants to bring back into the classroom. Then, with all the lights dimmed, I tell my students the story of how I found my first fossil while canoing down the Shenandoah River. It goes something like, "we all... Continue Reading →
The beginning of the Carousel of Animals
This past week was a break from my 9 weeks of elementary aged campers and instead it was a week of large scale sculpture classes with 12-16 year old artists. This camp was called Carousel of Animals. I had 17 students ranging in age from eleven and a half to sixteen going on seventeen. They... Continue Reading →