Saturday, November 08, 2014

Small Works Art Exhibit - Lunenburg Public Library

I have several watercolors hanging at the Small Works Art Exhibit in Lunenburg MA.  The opening reception is tonight at the Lunenburg Public Library.  The show will be up until December 13th.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Watercolor Autumn Leaves Craft Project

  • Watercolor paints (non-toxic if children are involved)
  • Paint Brush
  • Cup of water
  • 8 1/2"x11" Sheet of watercolor paper (found at most arts and crafts departments)
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil
  • Leaf Templates PDF (printed on stiff paper or card stock and cut out)

How to:

Dip the paint brush in water and wet the paper by "painting" it with clean water.
Then (this is the fun part!) dip your brush in the watercolors and cover your paper with paint.  Let the colors drip and swirl together.  The object is to cover the entire paper with paint.
Let the paper dry completely.

When the watercolor paper is completely dry, cut it in half the long way.  

Fold each long rectangle in half.

Lay the leaf template on the watercolor paper, lining up the folded edge with the straight edge of the template.  You should have room for 2 leaves on each rectangle of paper.Trace around the templates using a pencil.

Cut out the leaves.

Ideas for Your Leaves:
  • Make a tree trunk out of brown construction paper and have the kids tape their leaves to the tree.
  • Write a family member's name on each leaf and use them as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Attach them with yarn to a hanger to make a falling leaves mobile.
  • Or tie them to a piece of yarn and make a pretty autumn garland.

Nice Review for Steve and Wessley in School Library Journal

Here is a nice review that was posted on Barnes and Noble website for Steve and Wessley and the Sea Monster.  Thank you Gloria Koster for the nice review and for noting that Steve is an opossum.  The poor guy gets called a rat all the time.

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A fun and engaging easy reader. When pals Steve, an opossum, and Wessley, a rabbit, disagree about a mysterious object afloat in the pond, readers assume that Wessley is right and that it is just a stick. Steve is convinced it's a sea monster. It's only when the very rational rabbit convinces his friend that sea monsters live in the sea and not in a pond that they are able to agree and move on. Children will get a kick out of the surprise ending. Spare, easy-to-read text delivered exclusively through speech bubbles accompanies the cartoon illustrations that are sweet, engaging, and full of humor.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT