What is Creative Elements?

Creative Elements offers quality art instruction in a variety of ways-- parent/child classes for preschoolers, summer and after school classes for children, private lessons, classes for adults, Art centered birthday parties, customized art classes in your neighborhood, and more!!!

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Color Comentary

Art is in everything. Like when you hear good music it is like a beautiful picture. --Jared

Art is like an old fashion movie because if you make a lot of pictures and flip them really fast then it would look like a movie. --Camden

Art helps me become more creative every time I make a picture. --Jake

Sometimes when I see a blank paper, I just look at it and then I see something else so then I make it. --Michelle

I look at a blank paper and then just start doodling. Then it becomes a story only just with pictures and as I draw it the story changes. --Annika

Art is color. No one can control your art except for you. -- Sam

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Look At This

In Drawing and Design today we talked about the importance of observation. As the students came in they were given a small object and asked to look at it and then cover it with a tissue. They could all tell me what they saw, but not with too many details.
Then they looked at it quietly for a couple minutes. At the end of the time, they could tell me many little details about their object. One of the biggest obstacles of drawing well is getting past the "clip art" image in our head and really drawing what we see. Today was mostly exercises helping us to do that. We did blind contour drawings and then worked on sketching the same object. As we progress through the next couple of days we will focus on value and shading techniques.

Our quotes for the day were:

Talent is the ability to persist until you get it right.

Creativity is looking at the same thing as everyone else and seeing something different.

The first mark you make on a page is actually the fifth mark. (You'll have to ask your kiddos for an explanation on that one.)

Please feel free to leave a comment or question. :) Watch tomorrow for pictures to be added to the gallery!

There is a Goise in Boise

Our first day of Step into a Book was lots of fun. We started out by reading "Is There Really a Human Race?" in which a child questions his mother about the "human race" that we are in. He wonders if he is racing his sister, if Dad is on his team, and what would happen if he didn't get ahead, and many other concerns. Then his mother tells him that there are beautiful things to be seen when your last. She tells him to appreciate the beauty around him, help others, "bring art to this place and make the world better for the whole human race." We talked about how art is not a competition. Everyone comes in a unique package and we don't all express ourselves the same way. We also talked about how we need to step out of the "race" to open our minds to creativity.

Our featured book was "There's a Wocket in my Pocket". We read the book with our Golden Question in mind: "What if . . . ?" What if these crazy creatures came to Boise? What would we find? What if that creature was purple, or green, or furry, or feathery, or tiny, or angry. . . . "What if?" helps us to consider many options and not just to settle for the first idea that pops into our minds. You can see what creatures you might find lurking around Boise in our Gallery.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

World Tour and Art with a Buddy Still Available

I am still accepting registrations for the "World Tour" class that begins on August 3. I'm still finalizing some of the projects, but the tentative "flight" plan may include a stop in Japan to study how the Japanese used printmaking as an art form as well as some Japanese calligraphy, then off to Rome to create some relief sculptures. Another possible stop may include France to study the art movement of Impressionism. Hurry and book your tour today! :) The deadline for "World Tour" will be Monday July 26th.

Since the "Art With a Buddy" class is once a week through out July, I am extending registration for those classes. I will accept registrations up through the Friday prior to the class you wish to take. OR sign up for all four classes and save money on each class.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Registration Deadline

Our first set of classes is coming up soon and it's about time for me to go buy all the supplies and get ready for the fun stuff! If you would like to register for Art with a Buddy, Step into a Book, or Drawing and Design Session I the deadline is Monday, June 21. If you are planning on one of those classes, but have not sent off a registration form yet, please email me right away and let me know you are going to register and then drop the form in the mail ASAP. I'm getting so excited to get to the fun part. It is so magical watching the creative wheels turn in a child's mind.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Congratulations to our "Fabuless" Scholarship Giveaway Winner!!!

You may have heard that Creative Elements and Fabulessly Frugal teamed up to offer a $55 Scholarship to one of their readers. Well, the results are in!!

Congratulations Michelle Pearson!!! I look forward to meeting you and your little ones!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Doesn't Quite Fit?

If you have other events scheduled during the class you want your children to take, you should consider Hosting an Event. This allows you to customize a class to fit your needs, budget, and schedule.