Friday, December 28, 2007

Tree of Life

Since there was no class on Tuesday, I invited the Tuesday kids to join us on Thursday for class. We had 11 kids. We did one of my favorite lessons, inspired by Klimt, that I call the Tree of Life. I showed the kids images of Klimt's work, talked about patterns and color, and asked them to draw a tree, and fill it with pattern. We worked with oil pastels and watercolor.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Thursday's class

Just 7 kids today, the others must be busy with holiday stuff. We made gift boxes and ornaments today.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday's kids! VIDEO!!

Eight kids today. The group broke out in spontaneous song! While we made boxes from paper and then collaged and decorated the outsides of the boxes. I encouraged the kids to make a gift certificate for some chore, or kindness, to gift as a gift to their parents and place inside the box.

Hear me on the Radio!

Please go to and then to December 4, segment 2 to listen the part of the radio program that features an interview with yours truly about Mundo Lindo. Katie Ragazzi, Econdido Children's Museum Executive Director and I were interviewed by the Union Tribune internet radio station, Sign On Radio.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas Party

On Dec 15, we had a party for Mundo Lindo kids and their families. We gave raffle tickets to each child and they got to pick an art supply gift from under the tree. Fun time!

Friday, December 14, 2007


Fifteen kids in class today and we drew poinsettias that I brought in, then watercolor. They came out great, but I'm especially fond of this one. This Saturday, 12/15 is our Mundo Lindo Christmas Party. ALL the kids that have attended Mundo Lindo since it started in June are invited! 11am-1pm.


The artist

thursday poinsettias

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday class

Eight kids today. We used the collage paper that we created last week to weave into covers for these blank journals.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tuesday class

Eight kids in class today. We did a crayon texture resist, then watercolor. We made our own stamps too. Next week we'll use these papers to create book cover and note cards. I was out of town last week, so Sarah and Trisha did the classes and they kids made woven baskets from yarn, ribbon and yogurt containers.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tuesday Self-Portrait Weavings

Eight kids in class today. First, everyone made a list of at least 16 things they liked. Some items on the list were: sleep, art, family, ice cream, animals, earth. Then I gave them strip of paper to illustrate each one of their likes a a strip of paper, to create 16 strips. At the end, they wove them together and glued it on to a sheet of construction paper.
With Thanksgiving coming up, we all agreed we were thankful for Mundo Lindo.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tuesday: Thankful

Eight kids today and the theme was Thankful. What are we thankful for? We went into the park, and each collected a leaf. Then, back to the classroom, where they drew the leaf and wrote one word that they were thankful for, and cut out the leaf. We put them in the window.
The other project was to create a little collaged house from paper, with images and drawings of things we're thankful for. For the roof, we created a little book, and many of the kids were going to use the house as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving, and have the guests write their memories in the little book.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Mundo Lindo 11_8_07 thursday class

Here's the Thursday class. It was a full class of 17 kids! They finished the mural, working in teams of three. During the same class, they painted their clay from last week. A busy, but fulfilling class!

Included is the photo is Sarah. She works at Escondido Children's Museum, and is my assistant for Mundo Lindo classes.

signatures on the mural

Everyone who worked on the mural signed it. Twenty five kids total painted it in less that 4 hours.

from Thursdays class.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tuesday class. Painting a mural

Eight kids in Tuesday's class. They painted their clay houses and sculptures and we started a mural! Both classes will be painting a mural at the Escondido Children's Museum, where our classes take place.

We'll be having a free reception on Saturday, Dec 15 from 11am-1pm. All the Mundo Lindo kids are invited, from all the sessions! Come see our mural and recent artwork.

The next 8-week session for Mundo Lindo begins the week Tuesday, Dec 4 and Thursday, Dec 6 and ends Tues, Jan 29 and Thursday January 31. Registration begins mid November through Tricia James 760-739-9513 or

Friday, November 2, 2007

Thursday class does clay

Fifteen kids in class today. They worked in clay making boxes and birds. We also walked over to CCAE to see the Dia de los Muertos installation.

Thursday's class

Clay boxes Thursday

Next week, both classes will help me paint a mural on the wall of Escondido Children's Museum! That should be an adventure.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday Clay Day

The kids love working with clay! They request it every session. We use a red clay that air dries. I showed the 7 kids how to consturct a box shape using the slab technique. Last week, San Diego experienced county wide wild fires, and all the schools (and Mundo Lindo) were closed. As a group, we discussed the ramifications of the fire, overall, all were well and glad to be back to Mundo Lindo.
A special hello to Madison! We miss you too! Feel free to come by anytime!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thursday Class

Sixteen kids in class today. They did a great job on the soft pastel pumpkins.
Both the Tuesday and Thursday classes are going to be painting a mural at Escondido Children's Museum on Oct 30 and Nov 1.