ART AT HOME: HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Celebrate the Earth, get inspired and make some art! Download our instruction sheet for this project (here!)

The first Earth Day took place on March 21, 1970 after John McConnell, a man who worked hard for the world to have peace, proposed that there should be a day to honor the Earth. Every year people from all over the world gather on Earth Day to celebrate nature and find ways to preserve our world—some communities even celebrate Earth Week!

 
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MATERIALS:

  • paint brushes/ paint
  • palette (or place to mix your paints)
  • cup of water to clean brushes
  • newspaper or paper bags to cover surface before you paint
  • camera (or phone!)

SEE:

Observe the world around you—Is the ground wet? Is the sun shining through the leaves? Is moss growing on the trunks of trees? Are there birds singing? What do you see in nature that inspires you?

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THINK:

What do you love most about nature? What is your favorite outdoor memory? Are there any colors that remind you of these thoughts and feelings?

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DO:

Gather some natural objects from the ground such as rocks or pebbles and fallen branches, leaves, or pine cones. Paint these objects in colors that represent how you feel when you spend time in nature.

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INSPIRE:

Take your painted objects back outside and snap a few photos of your painted objects that capture how you feel about the Earth. Share with friends and family, encouraging them to enjoy the outdoors, too! 

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SHOW US YOUR WORK!

Send us your artwork or tag it with #thesproutingimage  - we can't wait to see what you create!

PHOTO CLASS FUN - STUDENT WORK

One of my photo students and I went on a fun photo walk recently, and it was lovely! I introduced some new concepts and ideas for her to test out now that she's shooting manually and telling the camera exactly what she wants it to do. Since she's doing so well, I've added a lot more to her future lessons and I am very excited to see what she comes up with next.

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SOME OF HER RECENT WORK:

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PHOTO CLASS FUN!

Yesterday's photo class was so fantastic, I'm happy dancing at my desk as I write this.
This smarty pants was shooting manually within no time, with such a clear understanding of the concepts we covered. While adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO as needed while shooting various subjects and lighting situations, she took some fascinating and beautiful photographs. She totally loved being in total control of the camera and had no idea she could see something in her mind and make the camera replicate it. I'm feeling proud as all hell over here, and am cooking up some fun projects for her next few classes!

CARRYING MY CAMERA EVERY DAY

When I was an art student, I practiced every day and had at least one camera with me at all times. That daily photo shoot inspired me to pull myself momentarily out of my anxious-about-everything brain and meet people all over San Diego. 

Once when my friends were playing a big show at an excellent music venue, the NBC photographer who was covering the event didn't show up. I had my equipment with me, so I took photos and submitted them to his editor. After that, I was shooting music weekly for them until I moved to LA. Even though I was getting paid a tiny amount for that work, I was so excited to see my name credited and spelled correctly under every shoot I turned in. Also, I got to be around so much incredible music and met so many creative minds through that adventure of a job. 

After working for almost five years at a corporate photo/video job in the video game industry, I had almost lost that camera carrying habit and only used my cameras when I had a family session, headshots, or for the day job. I am very proud of things I made there; it just wasn't ever really MY work.

Now that I'm out of the corporate world, I've been carrying cameras with me again and am pushing myself to do that regularly because bright ideas pop into my mind every time I leave the house with my tools. 

Through this, I've also prepped a fun lesson for a new art student and turned this theme of keeping creativity an option into some of the work she's going to practice!

 

ART CLASSES FOR KIDS - LOS ANGELES

Cameras and feathers and art supplies, oh my! Fun prep for an awesome 12-year-old's lesson! She learned how to shoot manually and picked it up SO quickly. It's so much fun to see how easy learning is for kids, especially when it's fun!