Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mrs. Horner teaches a class

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I had the privilege this past weekend of teaching a fine art studio class to art teachers from around Tennessee at their annual TAEA conference at Arrowmont School for Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tn. Thats right. I taught teachers. I know. Who would think they would need me for that. Well, my own former h.s. art teacher roped me in to be an instructor for the second year, and it was again, so, so enjoyable. I couldn't have had a more eager group of smart and fun people to work with, eager most likely bc they seldom have the chance to make their own art and naturally they seemed at ease to not be in charge of a bunch of kids for a change. Somehow, I could relate.

The basis for my two-day class was "reinventing textiles" through painting, drawing, and collage as shown in my piece above entitled "remedy". I got to share my fabric scraps (which they devoured like a bunch of students) and then got to watch lots of interesting things happen.

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The studio was huge, well lit and made me a bit nostalgic for the good ole art school days. Arrowmont is an amazing, beautiful facility and if you ever get the chance to go and do one of the zillions of workshops they offer every year, you should jump on it. Below are just a few examples of my teachers' ...erhh... students' works in progress.

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Joining me in the studio both days (along with Roman in tow) was Juliana, who is never afraid to do her own thing alongside people doing completely different things. I certainly didn't think she would "take" my class, but stealing my chalk!? Come on.

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Okay, honestly, most of class time she was working on a graphite self-portrait based on some photographs we did together. She is hammering away at a batch of college applications and portfolios to submit, so she kind of used her time wisely.

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Except when distracted by chalk.

The rest of the brood, as led by Jeff, had loads of fun hiking on dangerous trails where signs posted read "falling deaths have occurred", playing arcades, eating corn dogs, going on chair lifts, eating pancakes, dangling from precipices, eating taffy, swimming in mountain lodge indoor pools and all other sorts of things they never would have done had I been in charge.

I think they were so completely glad that I wasn't in charge and I am so completely glad that they all survived. Just barely survived, I am sure to emphasize to Mr. Horner continually.

More on our Gatlinburg shopping next! xo,Anna

69 comments:

  1. That artwork is amazing! What a fun class that would have been. And Juliana's art is insanely good.
    If you can't tell, I love it all :)

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  2. We were in the Smoky Mountains last week! We also hiked the trails with the death warnings. I was a nervous wreck that one of my kids would trip and take a plummet. As it turns out, my husband was the one who tripped but thankfully did not plummet. It was beautiful, and we had such a good time.

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  3. Wow! Juliana's self portrait is amazing! You've definitely passed on your artistic talents.

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  4. Awesome! I've heard great things about Arrowmont. Looks like it was a really fun class...

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  5. Ooooh, the artwork the teachers (and Juliana) created is stunning and inspiring. And yes, your photos of the classroom/studio are making me nostalgic for my drawing and printmaking classes. Can't believe it's been almost 10 years. *sniff*

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  6. Um...wow! Any of that artwork for sale?? Etsy?!

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  7. Wow! Amazing all around.

    How did Juliana/you get the word "chalk" so perfect? Was there a stencil or is that just another amazing talent!!?? :-)

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  8. Amazing portrait! And the class looks very fun as well. I should look for art classes in my local area.

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  9. Wow, you must be proud of your students and your star pupil there!

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  10. Until I got to the end of the post, I read your class as being in Gallatin, TN. I thought, 'what a strange city to have such a cool art place.' Ha

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  11. Beautiful art work by all, so glad the kiddo's had a great experience with out falling!!!

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  12. What a great experience. I'd love to take a class like that again.

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  13. That bird is stunning! I mean the peacock on canvas, not the chickadee on blackboard (although she's beautiful too). Makes me want to break out the paints - I've long been inspired by your green pear on (Chocolate Lollipop perhaps?) fabric artwork. I used to be an art major - too many moons ago. Now I just draw in my dreams. Must change that.

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  14. The artwork is beautiful! Juliana's self-portrait is amazing! It all takes me back to high school...

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  15. Jules D5:11 PM

    Wow. I'm an art teacher and our workshops are all extremely boring and never apply to me. How wonderful for art teachers to be given the opportunity to do something so wonderful ( and not just treated like "fluff" teachers). TN Rocks! I'm terribly jealous, and incredibly impressed with your daughter's work. Gifted, indeed.

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  16. too cool. what kind of paint were you using over the fabrics? the colours are so transparent and vivid and lovely...

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  17. Wow - everyone's artwork is amazing and Juliana just has so much talent - definitely an inherited trait :-)

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  18. Does your daughter realize that she has the coolest artsy mom ever and how lucky she is that she gets to tag along to cool art workshops with her? No fair. My mom subbed for my history teacher once. Not quite the same thing.

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  19. I just so love reading your blog. It is always so inspiring. I love Juliana's beautiful self-portrait - it is bound to impress the 'powers that be'.

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  20. I don't know who I envy more; you or Juliana. You for your cooler than cool life, or Juliana for having such a great mom and amazing experiences at such a young age.

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  21. That graphite self-portrait is amazing! The painting look so fun, and they are all very inspiring!

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  22. oh how i wish i were one of those teachers, er... students!

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  23. Wow, those paintings are terrific and Julianna's painting is unbelievable. She is very talented just like her mother. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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  24. what a great way to use the fabrics and to have a fresh new look at them....love it!

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  25. Dear Anna,

    Will you, please share with me the lesson plan, or instructions for this lesson so that I may share it with my middle schoolers?

    I would be ever so thankful.
    Carolina Elizabeth

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  26. The artwork is beautiful. I like that you used your fabrics as a background, the colors are amazing!
    That self portrait of Juliana's is fantastic. WOW!
    I'm a little jealous that I can't draw/paint/be artistic like all these people.
    Oh well, I do other things fairly well!
    Thanks for showing us your class!

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  27. Wow, Anna. I'm really in awe by your talent, and am smitten with every fabric collection, but I can't only wonder when we'll be seeing Juliana's commercial lines and what a proud mommy you'll be when she becomes the family artist!

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  28. That one piece with the rooster (or is it a chicken?) is amazing! And how about your daughter's graphite drawing?! What amazing talent you have in your family!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  29. My daughter is working on her portfolio for art applications, too. She just came into my studio and looked over my shoulder at Juliana's selfportrait. "Oh, $#%. I better get to work."
    RISD,Pratt, Calarts, CCA (where my husband and I met). Maybe our girls will end up in the same school...

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  30. The student art work looks beyond impressive!!

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  31. what a great class! i have never been an artist, but am suddenly really interested in creating. what a great idea to use fabric!!!

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  32. Sounds like a fun weekend for the Horner clan. The art work is fabulous...that peacock! WoW. And Juliana's portrait is fantastic... the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

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  33. Ohh I love all this work!! I wish I can be your student :DDD
    Beautiful colours, patterns everything....

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  34. The art work looks great. I am sure the kids had a great day. Dads are more fun than mums. My kids loved rock climbing at our local beach when they were little.They liked to go with dad only and not their worrying mum

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  35. Oh, I wish I lived in TN!! I am an art teacher here in Texas and go the TAEA conference (in TX) every year...but to be in Gatlingburg (my favorite family vacay destination) AND get to attend a workshop hosted by YOU!?! And yes, we love to get the goodies used by the presenters in their workshops--but to get your fabric scraps would be like a begger getting a 100 bucks! ;o)

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  36. And I would be glad that I didn't have to witness them near the precipice. I don't have a fear of heights, just one of edges. That are high. And have my children near them.

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  37. Wow! A flood of sunny goodness of inspiration on a November day! Pure joy! Celebrating all of the giftedness shining so brightly! :)

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  38. I'm amazed at all the beautiful artwork! You mean your daughter is both incredibly beautiful AND talented. I guess I should have known that would be the case. Love her font on the chalkboard.

    What kind of paint were you using over the top of the fabric? What beautiful work!

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  39. Sounds like a blast. I love Gatlinburg. I'll have to try re-inventing some textiles with my girls. I know they would love it. They're always begging to paint.

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  40. I just love reading your blog posts. You are a gifted writer, as if you needed even MORE talent in addition to your artistic talents. Beautiful. Inspiring. Thanks.

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  41. I really love the bird. Who painted that?!

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  42. The yellow/purple flowers made me gasp out loud. Gorgeous!!!

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  43. Wow! I was a Pi Beta Phi in college, and we always supported Arrowmont (as it was started by the PiPhi's way back when...). So it is exciting to see you, one of my favorite designers, teaching at a school that holds a special place in my heart! How exciting! Keep up the great work!

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  44. That must have been so much fun to see what your teachers/students came up with! Love the peacock one!! Sounds like everyone in the family had a good time, it would have been a toss up which group to hang out with :)

    And the back of the neck new banner....so sweet!

    Can't wait for my Dobby Dots and Little Folks....

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  45. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Love the self-portrait! Your daughter is very talented. Waiting for your new dress pattern!

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  46. Those are amazing!

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  48. Oh.my.goodness. I am so envious, not that i am an art teacher but the work is all so wonderful. How about a tutorial or lesson plan for readers? I might have a chance to play along and love the ideas I find here.
    Glad everyone survived the hike!

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  49. calbrecan12:00 PM

    Wow, I am in awe of such talent....especially your daughter's.

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  50. fantastic art! that peacock picture is INCREDIBLE!! and i love julianas drawing...beautiful work!

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  53. There is nothing more beautiful on learning how to paint by using watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and oil on art class. It gives motivation and inspiration for many art lovers to make a beautiful piece of art paintings.

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  54. UNREAL talent you both have...that chalk is not a stencil and I'm going to sit down and cry.
    We won't mention the self-portrait even...

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  55. WOW! What a great idea. I wish I could paint.

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