Back to Teaching!

You guys! I am super excited to be offering classes at Grow, the family boutique, at their new location in downtown Cary. If you have been in their old store you might be like, what, where, how? Well…their new location is going to be boutique in the front, classroom/community space in the back. Much larger than before. Part of their goal with the larger space is to create a full calendar of events and a real sense of community among local families.

So about the classes…

I will be teaching a toddler+caregiver class (think “Music Together” style, but with paint) the first weekend of the month. Woot!  And I will be teaching an art workshop for parents + Parents-To-Be the last Friday each month. (Check back later for a post all about that one!)

“Fine Art Tots” is the art classes for kids. I’ll be working the unschooling mom, art teacher thing to create an engaging, process driven experience for little one’s. There will be paint, and messes, and lots of color mixing. (But the mess is not in your house! ) And I’ll be working the artist, home decor thing to make sure that each project I facilitate for these classes is a beautiful,  frame – worthy, abstract masterpiece made by your little love. 

My first class is scheduled for August, 6, and I am pumped. The focus will be on watercolor resist and analogous color schemes. Pre-registration is highly recommended (though walk-ins are welcome!), as class size is capped at 10 children. The cost is $20, all supplies are included. This class is recommended for children of any skill set from 12 months old thru 5 years old. There should be no more than two children per caregiver. 

I look forward to helping your little one (or ones) create a masterpiece for your home!

A watercolor resist painting by Abe at 15 months

Circular canvasses by Abe at age two

Collaborative Mom + tot statement piece by Abe at age 2.5
Oil pastel + watercolor art by four year old Ike
Tape resists

Unschooling Life

Special announcement: I’m starting a new blog series on unschooling. 💃😄

Investigating a moth in the backyard

So, I get a lot of questions about unschooling, and I thought I would start sharing some of our unschooled life here, on the blog. Now, there are a great many beautifully written blogs and books on unschooling theory, so I won’t delve into that. (But if you’re interested, I would highly recommend Free To Learn by Peter Gray, and the blog, Happiness is Here by Australian unschooling mom, Sara.) The question I get most often is, “But what to you *do* everyday?” That, my friends, is what I will be sharing here. It is such a huge part of what I do, and how I work. Unschooling happens all day, everyday. We unschool in the studio, kitchen + backyard. We learn at parks, museums, beaches + campgrounds.  When I was teaching, we talked about how kids learn through play, but you know, everyone does. I do it everyday in my art studio, or at the beach. Learning does not have to exist only in books and classrooms and quizzes. Humans are just naturally curious. The key to unschooling is to allow curiousity to take the lead. Whoops. I said I wasn’t going to talk theory. 


Looking for marine arthropods in tide pools

Today, our unschoolhouse is the local children’s museum, Marbles.

My scientist playing in the submarine

We are super lucky to have the most amazing children’s museum in our city. Its two stories, has nearly a dozen different giant interactive spaces indoors, plus two splash areas, a garden, a cafe, and an IMax. In the mornings it is overrun with toddlers and field trips. This place is super popular. In the afternoons, it’s pretty much just us. The people that work there are amazing. They are so good at interacting with my kids. My six year old is outgoing and energetic and they greet him with matching energy. My four year old is extremely shy and scares easily when approached by strangers (or most anyone, really). Never once has he been scared at the children’s museum. My two year old is nicknamed “danger baby,” and this place allows him to practice death defying stunts in a wonderfully child-proofed arena. 

I could wax poetic about the museum for hours, but suffice it to say, its mommy heaven. My kids are happy, I am relaxed, and they are playing and learning. Its my go-to activity on days when I am tired, burnt out, happy, its raining, most days. The museum is totally our “unschoolhouse.” What’s your go-to activity with the kiddos? Do you go out or stay in?

Welcome!


Hi! I am a mixed media artist who finds inspiration in nature. I love exploring color theory and working with metallic accents. I enjoy exploring both form and feeling through modern abstract expressionism with occasional nods to pop art and fauvism.

Once upon a time, I graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in Visual Arts Applications. I taught art at a k-8 charter school in Durham for five years before deciding to stay home with my kids. Over the years I have shown my work at a variety of fairs and festivals, including ArtCon in Dallas, TX, the Fun Fourth Festival in Greensboro, NC, and the Autumn Arts Festival in Wake Forest, NC.

I am currently a member of VAE. I now spend my days unschooling our three sons and working in my home studio. I also teach toddler and kid classes at Grow, in Cary. My pet project, #freeartfridayrdu, is one way that I try to make the world a little more joyful, one free artwork at a time. 

My art is available locally, in Raleigh at several shops and on request.

“Cedar Splash. 1-9”

Mixed media on 140lb, cold pressed watercolor paper

Watercolor, acrylic, india ink

8×10 – $100

5×7 – $45

Ships free.

Contact to purchase.