My background is education. I graduated from the University of Kentucky and taught for years before I accidentally became the licensed and published artist that I am today. I have a deep appreciation for art in the schools and complete admiration for schools like Rolling Hills that embrace creativity. Every time I go to the school to eat lunch with the girls, volunteer or drop things off/pick things up I am in awe of the amazing artwork on display in the hallways, on the doors and in the classrooms. I find myself snapping photographs and I have this awesome collection of inspiration from these art tours of the halls of Rolling Hills. I love it that their art teacher loves Sharpie markers. Being an inaugural member of the Sharpie Squad is one of the best things about my career. I use them to create all of my original works in my licensed collections.
Here are several of my favorites. I share with intention of inspiring others to create like kids, freely and with zest.
Today I ran across these adorable Snow People around the corner from the art room while I was walking a little girl to find her lunchbox.
I think these caterpillars inspired by A Very Hungry Caterpillar are totally adorable. I think they are by first graders?!
I LOVED this bird in the hallway last year.
So I was really excited when Z made hers this year as a third grader.
And this little crayfish drawing with what appears to be watercolor is stunning.
So many interesting animals are dwelling in this tree.
Who doesn’t love the capturing of a good book. Here are four illustrated by J.
These bugs totally make me want to break out my Sharpie and design one of my own. The one with the heart lips was done by Z. We do love kissy lips around here.
And this bear is awesome. We have it framed and up in our home. J rocked this one.
I think the sign in Mrs. Pearl’s second grade classroom shares a valuable message for kids, kids of all ages…
And these giraffes, oh these giraffes!
Tinfoil space travelers brighten up the walk back to the second grade rooms…
Given the same materials to work with, I love the way each Snowy is unique.
Penguins are always so much fun.
Accessing the creative part of the brain causes all kinds of amazing good things for kids of all ages. Studies prove that accessing creativity and being artistic empowers kids to be more successful all around in learning. It relieves stress. It encourages imagination. It creates a sense of unity. ART IS IMPORTANT!
Inspired? I would love to know which one of these pieces of work is your favorite! Enter the contest and you will have a chance to share and maybe to win too! The winner will receive a 24 pack of 80’s GLAM Sharpies for themselves and a $50 Michaels Gift Card to be given to a teacher of their choice! YEA for teachers who inspire others to create!
If you want to know more about being creative and the value of accessing your creativity, join the Cre8time movement. Read about it here. It is awesome and fabulous and an organization that I am proud to be a part of.
Cheers to Art, To Kids, and To Creativity,