Hello my friends. If you are a Florida native you know that surviving hurricanes gracefully involves more then just being prepared for physical catastrophes. Our mental game as mammas can suffer some serious blows and challenges. I decided (in part for my own sanity) to create a list of some suggestions for best hurricane preparedness:
If the power goes out to keep your kids busy:
To keep your own fuse from getting too short:
Look at the calendar and schedule some fun things to look forward to. Some ideas include going out to dinner as a family to their favorite restaurant, a service project, a movie night, letting them plan their favorite day, or signing them up for an art class. ; )
Whatever you do, give yourself and your people grace these next few days. While there will certainly be challenging and ugly moments for all of us, I hope your time together as a family is overall a blessing.
Creativity boosting kid's art classes are ready for you. They will be held at the residence of Caryn Dahm in the downtown Oviedo area.
8 weeks of classes
Ages 7 through 12
Monday afternoons from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
September 16th through November 4th
Cost: $150 - All supplies included
Classes will include drawing and painting as well as 3-D sculpture. Art theory will be taught touching on subjects such as light, shade, shadow, collage, color, landscapes and still life.
We will use mediums such as drawing pencils, colored pencils, modeling clay, felt and torn paper, watercolors and acrylics.
Please feel free to e-mail Caryn with any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are ready, you can register your child/children for their art class here. Please register by September 9th so that supplies can be purchased.
Caryn's weekly classes are now offered in 2-hour blocks on Wednesdays. Unlike previous years, the classes are now longer and focussed around subject themes in convenient 8-week sessions. Students can choose between daytime or evening classes.
Daytime class: Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:00pm
Evening class: Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30pm
If you love watercolor art, you can begin creating it! Learn in a fun, supportive and relaxing environment. Caryn's classes are a mixture of in-class activity and instruction. Students will learn foundational art theory as well as further explore how to compose their paintings, best use watercolors and make decisions about the placement of objects.
Each week, there will have a small amount of homework. It will generally be to complete the assignments that we started in class. Students will bring their completed pieces back to share and discuss the following week.
Having a regular class to attend keeps artists learning, gaining skills, and provides a creative community. Watercolors are a wonderful and extremely rewarding hobby. Hope you decide to explore the joy of art together with us!
All skill levels welcome - both the daytime and evening class times will cover the same content.
Classes are held at the home of Caryn Dahm in Oviedo
$200 per 8-week session
Quarter 1: Color theory
August 26th through October 14th
Learn all about the power of color and how to best utilize it in your paintings.
Topics include: Creating textures, color charts, washes of color, glazing, color wheel theory, mood and emotions of color, creating focal points, painting cool temperatures, painting warm temperatures, and expressing moods with color.
Quarter 2: Light, Shade and Shadow
October 21st through Dec. 9th (Break during Thanksgiving week)
Gain understanding into lighting, shadows and shading to make your scenes look realistic.
Topics include: Underpaintings, drybrush technique, highlights, lifting, masking , layering (overpainting), hard and soft edges, Surface shapes, painting things at different times of day, cast shadows versus shading, and values.
Quarter 3: Landscapes
January 13th through March 3rd
Begin painting the scenes around you from your favorite travel spots to right outside your front door.
Topics include: Skys (stormy and sunny), trees and foliage, light, water, rocky scene, urban landscape, atmospheric perspective, adding figures to your landscape, placing things in perspective, plein-air, creating focal point, using a view finder, painting the same scene in different lighting (morning, mid-day and early evening)
Quarter 4: Still Life
March 24th through May 12th
Turn everyday objects into art!
Topics include: Drawing edges, surface shapes, Composition of objects, setting up a still life (what to consider) balancing related colors, adding textures, florals, lighting and painting backgrounds,
Payment for the 8-week quarter is due at the first day of class.
* You are welcome to bring refreshments, drinks or lunch to nibble on in class if you choose. Hot coffee, cold water and a selection of hot teas will be provided.
Register for the classes here
Have a look at the supply list
June 7th is our last day of taking art camp registrations. Reserve your child or your grandchild's spot for this summer's Camp Create now! Held in Winter Springs at The Foundry Center June 24th through the 28th. 9am to noon. Cost is $150 and includes all supplies. Sibling discounts apply!
Learn more and get registered here
Oysters are beautiful, graceful, and smooth on the inside. Their exteriors, of course, are another story. Full of barnacles and crustiness, they look like a concrete job gone wrong. When my brothers and our families took my Mom to Destin this January to celebrate her 70th birthday, my little brother suggested that we throw some oysters on the grill. The Lomonacos are all about our seafood! My mom confessed that she had never tried an oyster because of their perceived sliminess. We convinced her to give it a try. After all, we reasoned, it couldn't be much worse than her beloved calamari, could it?
Her response, "Not that bad!" The weekend was so special that I decided to scrub out all of the oyster shells and save them to make something. Oh, my poor husband : )
All of those cleaned up shells sitting around were begging to be painted. I've seen some wonderful oyster art at shows and online, so I felt compelled to try creating some of my own to commemorate the vacation.
A lot of what I paint are commissioned projects, but this one was a special memory with my mom and brothers that I had to make time for. I selfishly turned it into a project for my advanced art class. They are good sports and are used to me using our wonderful group for learning and experimentation. We joke about my inclination to work painting food into our lessons whenever I can! We studied and painted oyster shells that week. Some of the artists painted one loan oyster, while others painted a pile of them. All of us were so impressed with how colorful and reflective they actually are on the inside. We also discussed the wonderful story of how the pearl is created and the life lessons that can be gleaned from it. You can read a short poem about the pearl here.
We experimented with paint colors and discussed what we found. There were surprisingly many warm browns and yellow tones, as well as cool purples, grays and blues!
We used our fabulous mix charts to match the purples and even pulled out some iridescent watercolors that I have to imitate the pearly quality of the shells.
Nothing I could paint could capture their true beauty and intricacies, but I loved trying. I know there will be more up on my desk at some point soon!
A close up to see the details ...
Creating art from travel or fun experiences is so very satisfying! Such a great way to document life's special moments for family and friends. If you like to draw or paint, remember it doesn't have to be a masterpiece, just have fun playing and experimenting with the colors and shapes. If you'd rather hire someone to do it for you, then I'm your girl : )
For the oyster lovers among you, this print is available now on my etsy store here: Caryn's etsy shop
Whether I am working with a client on their brand identity, teaching students or creating a custom watercolor piece, I hope to refresh and inspire others with my work. Read more ...