Monday, November 1, 2010

Exciting Times: the Accidental Art Class

This week is a very exciting week for our family.

Our family is taking a 3 day art class taught by Barry Stebbing of How Great Thou Art. Even the Gman has joined us for this adventure. This morning, Little Guy, in the middle of the class said "I love this class!" At bedtime he explained to me that he didn't need to go to bed early because art class will help him wake up early. Excitement.

Tonight, I am enjoying reading Mr. Stebbing's personal art journal. It's a cross between blogging, artwork, scrapbooking and a diary. He would be an excellent blogger, but he would have to create his own handwriting font. He details his travels, his lessons and personal experiences along the way.

I hope to mooch some great pictures from my dear friend Lizzie from a Work in Progress. Cyber hint! If not, I will be posting an update of our class, with my own pictures. Cyber warning!

If you are not familiar with Barry Stebbing stop by his website and see some of the wonderful home school art curriculum he has created.

A few weeks ago, I posted on Wordless Wednesday a few shots of the kids learning about frustration as an artist. The curriculum, God and the History of Art is very teacher friendly. I am only in the first few lessons, so I will have to share some of my favorite lessons with you in the future.

Why did I call it the Accidental Art Class? I was at a home school conference seminar and my a.d.d. kicked in. So I left. I stopped into one of Mr. Stebbing's workshops. I ended up sitting in a few more and became hooked.  I signed up for the fall art tour, in hopes he would come to our area.  Thanks to my BFF, Shirley, our class came together. 

I promise to post more about it, but a fine artist needs her sleep. Good night!

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Aimee said...

Sounds like a great class!!

ssmurray5 said...

When we got home from this art class my daughter and her friend were eager to go to the cranberry bog in our neighborhood and do some sketching. Then the next day my kids got together with some others who had attended the 3 days of Mr. Stebbings classes and they spent their time drawing each others' portraits!! These classes, Mr. Stebbing and his books have definitely inspired my children and given them a new interest in art.