Wednesday, June 30, 2010

featured photographer

While I was researching and preparing for the summer photography classes I am teaching, I came across this astonishing photographer named Helen Levitt.  I included some of her photographs in the PowerPoint I was making for the students about documentary photography.  I can't believe I don't remember learning about her when I was a student at RISD !  Looking further for information about this notable artist, I noticed that Helen had a brilliant eye for photography and an overwhelming body of work.  I find so many of her photographs inspiring...I hope you do too - enjoy ♥

Saturday, June 26, 2010

field trip

Tom's mom (my mother-in-law) was coming to stay with us for a few days and I thought it would be the perfect time to visit one of the places that has been on my "list" forever, the Chuang Yen Monastery, in Kent, NY.  

Now I have known about the Monastery for a while, I had even visited it years ago before the Great Buddha statue, the largest Buddha statue in the Western hemisphere, was brought there, but like everyone, we get busy and it gets hard to visit all the places you want to go. 

Last year in my Multicultural Art for Art Teachers class at The College of New Rochelle we had discussed what a great place the Monastery would be to take art students on a field trips. So now, it was fresh in my mind again and I really wanted to get there soon.  The Monastery is open for prayer and worship, meditation, special services and retreats, and even for visitors like us who are interested in admiring the beauty of the buildings and statues and strolling around the grounds.

Tom took some great photos of the Buddhas and already put them on his website  I'm already thinking of the lesson plans...painting with bamboo, mixed medium projects inspired by the many faces of Buddha, create your own calligraphy alphabet - maybe make a pendant out of clay with a letter!  Who knows, the possibilities are endless...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

that's a wrap...

My worlds are forever overlapping. In tv, when one season ends, another always begins. In school, when one semester ends, another always begins. And In life, when one door closes, another always opens. So when by bff Daniele (sweetdanib) designed me my very own "That's a Wrap" cue card to help celebrate the end of my journey in graduate school, I welcomed it with open arms.

A few days later, it was official - I received my Master of Art in Art Education. Emotions were high that day, however, it was a truly memorable and rewarding event. Of course "Tam on a Stick" also thought it was pretty cool too; especially since she got to cab it to Radio City for graduation!

Now off to answer the question... "What do you do?"