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a bit of artsy buzz…

If you are anything like me, it’s always helpful to hear from other parents when choosing activities for your children.  In case you agree, several parents from the spring break classes wrote to me and/or blogged about their art class experiences. Since I will be announcing the summer art class schedule this Wednesday, I thought I would share their messages with you and hope you will find them helpful!

 

IMG_8811Heather Hope-Hernandez, Director of Public Relations at HKH Advertising:

‘A last minute change of plans kept us in Tulsa for Spring Break, and I was thrilled to get our four-year-old into Annie’s first spring break art class, titled Around the World in 5 Days: A Celebration of Global Art. And, what a celebration it was. Maggie loved it so much! Two hours every day of fun and plenty of messy art. Annie warned us in advance to send the kids in clothes that could get paint, glue, etc., on them so we were prepared for some good, dirty fun!

 Our daughter came home each day with tales of new countries and explanations of the things she did. When in the classroom at drop-off and pick-up time, I could see the excitement on the kids’ faces—Annie’s too. It was either the look of anticipation for what “travel” and art adventure was to come, or the chance to show Mom or Dad what had been made that day.

 The class culminated with an art show to display the children’s work from the week. Annie said it would be a “sweet, little show.” It was that, and so much more. Maggie proudly ushered her Daddy, her Gay-Gay and me around the room showing us what she’d created. It was so wonderful. Annie also brought in her friend Sasha Martin of Global Table Adventure to create food from the five counties to sample at the art show—solidifying the global adventure for our little ones. They even got to press their own blue corn tortillas which Sasha then cooked on the griddle.

 The children went to five countries on five continents in five days. Each class started with a look at the map to see where they were going, and Annie played music representative of each country so the children could really engage their senses.

 They got to dye yarn in their choice of color as part of their study in North America with the Navajo. (Maggie, who loves all colors, chose rainbow of course.) They learned about India and made mandalas with painted stories about themselves or their lives. They made bowls from yarn and glue to carry “secret gifts,” according to our girl. The bowls from Rwanda on the continent of Africa. They “went” to Russia one day and then made a set of nesting matryoshka dolls. Finally, they “went” to Australia to listen to the didgeridoo.

 What did we love about this class? We loved everything, especially the cultural introduction to five different countries around the world. Maggie has no idea what an armchair traveler is, but she’s just had the wonderful experience of being one—a very active and excited one. Thank you, Annie!’

 

IMG_8913Briana Hefley-Shepard, the creator of and artist behind Bifftastica, and founder of the Alliday Showwrote a wonderful post on her blog about her week at art camp with her daughter, which can be viewed here…

http://bifftastica.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-tiny-artist.html

 

 

 

 

IMG_9523Austin and Jennifer Bond, Partner at Bond & Gill Law Firm, and Sales Manager for Systems Trucking, respectively, and parents to 3 kiddos under five-years-old!

‘Our daughters came home from art camp last week and told us that they spent the day in Rwanda! For the first time our children had made a concrete connection between learning and fun. Annie Ferris’ passion and talent beams through her students and their amazing art projects and inspires them to seek out the beauty and creativity in the greater world around them.

We are so grateful that we found Annie’s programs and already have places for our girls for in the next class!’

 

Sasha-Martin-Global-Table-AdventureSasha Martin, founder of the wonderful Global Table Adventure, author, friend, and chef extraordinaire, played a huge role in the Global Art Show, and wrote a post on her blog about the culturally creative pairing, which can be read here…

http://globaltableadventure.com/2014/03/27/when-world-art-and-food-collide/

 

 

Thank you to each of the parents who took time to write these reviews.  I am so happy to have connected with each of you!

 

The Global Art Show!…

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Last Friday, all of the little traveling artists, in my class, proudly shared their week’s work with their friends and family at their Global Art Show!

As their teacher and fellow travel companion, I witnessed a week’s worth of excitement in learning new forms of artistic expression, and delight in accomplishing each style.  One of my very favorite parts of the week, was hearing the kiddos refer each day to the previously traveled countries within their vocabulary, references, and play!  Anything circular in shape became referred to as a ‘mandala’, makeshift cradleboards where used to bring along stuffed friends to class, any hats worn or seen became ‘babushkas’, and tops of heads became useful sources of additional storage space when moving from room to room.  Lots of fun and lots of laughs!

I loved this opportunity more than I can adequately describe in this post.  As an educator, most simply put, I believe in children.   I believe in each child’s unique style of learning and the beautiful outcomes that come from finding it.  Because of this, I believe in providing children educational opportunities on many levels, in order to enrich the artistic experience for each individual child and make it more connectable within their own lives.  Through music, literature, cuisine, scents, textures, lively conversations, and of course, art, any combination of these will make the experience much richer.

This process is even more important to me when exploring people of other cultures with children.  Living in a culture which continues to dissect itself into smaller and smaller categories used to define us, I prefer to provide a more broadly inclusive experience in which children can connect to the similarities between themselves and those living across the world.  Each of the components I listed above exist in each culture.  Last week, the children loved exploring them all, and the globally-inspired art that resulted speaks loudly of the celebratory time had by all!

Thank you, endlessly, to all of the kiddos and parents for letting me spend the week alongside you!  Also, thank you Scott, Madge and Zoe for helping make this week happen! And thanks to Global Gardens for the use of the wonderful Eugene Field garden classroom, a work of art in its own right!  And, lastly, thank you so much to Sasha Martin, a dear friend who took a break from working on her upcoming book, a memoir documenting the adventures which led her to begin her blogging masterpiece, Global Table Adventure, and whose delectable global bites at the art show transported our taste buds intercontinentally… you are a culinary genius!

And without further ado, here are some of the photographs from the show! Enjoy and be awed by the talent of these young artists (and that of the kiddos in your life, as well!)…

and ps… i am so happy to announce several new summer classes on Monday of next week!  Keep a lookout here and also check for updates in classes on my website, www.annieferris.com.

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what a wonderful world…

We are home from our worldwide adventure and what a memorable trip it was!

Last week, twenty-four kiddos between the ages of eight-months and eight-years-old, three outstanding volunteers, one genius global chef, and myself, spent the week traveling the globe, stopping off in five countries to learn and celebrate the local art.

We started our journey in our own country, in the Four Corners area specifically, where we became inspired by the talented Navajo weavers and dyed our own wool and built our own looms…

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We then continued our trip overseas to India, where we listened to the musical genius of Ravi Shankar and explored the art of mandalas…

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Next, we headed to Rwanda, where we practiced the skill of basket balancing, made our own amazing Rwandan Peace Baskets, and discovered artistic ways to spread peace to each of our friends, during our project…

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On Thursday, we traveled to Russia, where we listened to the ballets of Tchaikovsky, dressed up in babushkas, and made our own Matryoshka Doll sets…

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We ended our trip in Australia, where we explored the culture’s rich history of The Dreaming and Aboriginal designs. We were inspired by these traditions both on paper as well as our own bodies…

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We returned home ready to show off all that we had learned to our family and friends, so we had an art show!

The children’s art was an ENORMOUS success and deserves its own space so I will post The Global Art Show later this week…  Please make sure you check back!

Hope everyone else had as great of a Spring Break as we did!!!

 

one day in… russia!

 

IMG_8287Our Spring Break 2014 ‘Around the World in 5 Days‘ classes are quickly approaching!  To help all of our traveling artists prepare, I will announce each stop of our trip over the coming two weeks.

So… get ready, we’re heading to Russia!  A country which has produced a vast amount of unique architecture, literature, music, dance and paintings, the art of this area has spread an indisputable beauty over the country’s epic history.  Following in the wake of all of the Olympic activity in Sochi, let’s spend a day off of the slopes, and celebrate together some of the fantastically colorful and dreamy Art of Russia!

Still need to sign up?  Hurry, there are only two spots left in both the 0-3 yrs and the 4-8 yrs groups!  Book your ticket today!

now, grab your pacifiers and passports!… a class for the wee lil’ art travelers too!

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And now… I am so happy to announce the 0-3 yrs Spring Break 2014 class, ‘Crawling Around the World In 5 Days: A Celebration of Global Culture’!

When my daughter, Bea, was younger, I was passionate about experiencing all that we could together.  I would often feel frustrated that many quality class experiences were for ages 3 and older.  I was aware of what she was and was not capable of doing during those months and years of development, but I still felt that the basic exposure was hugely rewarding.  She may not have been able to create the work of art that was expected of the older students, but she could feel the textures of the materials, hear the new sounds, explore the location, and maybe even make a little something to take home. So, all of you like-minded parents and curious kiddos out there, this class is for you!

Essentially, this class will be a pint-sized version of the older class!  We will spend our week ‘continent-hopping’, immersing ourselves into the culture of a different country each day, through a variety of books, music, language and art activities.  It will be a sweet and memorable trip!

Class will be held in the Global Gardens classroom located in the Westside Harvest, behind Eugene Field Elementary School: 2232 S. Nogales Ave, Tulsa,OK.

March 17 – 21st, 10 – 11am daily

Cost of class is $55/week (includes materials)

Ages 0-3, parent/guardian must stay with child

Book your ticket today!  Please include your name, your child’s name and age, your email address, and your phone number within the email, and I will be in touch very soon.

 

grab your passports and paintbrushes! it’s class time…

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I am so happy to announce that enrollment is now open for my 4-8 yrs Spring Break 2014 art class, ‘Around the World in 5 Days: A Celebration of Global Art!  

 

We will spend our week ‘continent-hopping’, studying a prominent element of art and beauty from each of five countries.  Each day we will immerse our senses in one country’s culture as we work on our global masterpieces!  By the end of the week, students will have knowledge of and respect for each country studied, as well as a healthy sense of pride in their artistic accomplishments. Additionally, each artistic traveler will have the opportunity to present their weeks’ work to their guests in a sweet little art show where Sasha Martin – the pioneer behind Global Table Adventure, her family’s four-year adventure to cook the world via stovetop travel – will provide a sampling of global bites!

Class will be held in the Global Gardens classroom located in the Westside Harvest, behind Eugene Field Elementary School: 2232 S. Nogales Ave, Tulsa, OK

March 17-21st, 1 – 3pm daily

Cost of class is $125/week, (includes materials).

Ages 4-8, (parent does not have to stay, but certainly can)

Book your ticket today! Please include your name, your child’s name and age, your email address and your phone number in the email, and I will be in touch very soon.

Stay tuned for the 0-3 yr old spring break class to be announced later this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

let’s socialize, shall we?

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Yesterday, my wonderful web designer, Cole Cunningham, of SAPIEN Brands, handed over the reigns of four social media business sites, which he had beautifully created for me last week.  Now, for those of you who know me, I’m sure you are finding this quite laughable, and for those of you who do not, I hope you will never find the humor in this statement, as I intend to give this new world of social media my best efforts! I know that I will find this much easier once I am actually connecting with people, so would you please help me out by liking and sharing the following links on your own pages…

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/annieferrisartist

Instagram, http://instagram.com/annieferrisart

Twitter, https://twitter.com/AnnieFerrisArt

Google Plus, https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101969376933163048770/101969376933163048770/about

…now, let’s start some dialogue!

Thank you so much, everyone!

 

it’s a conversation piece…

 

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IMG_7800A Custom Valentine For You…

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the Sweetheart candy.  I never actually eat them, as I think they taste like what I would imagine chalk to taste like, but I love the look of them, and the idea of them. An edible love note.

I painted one this week, the Be Mine one.  I was thinking it would be my valentine for Bea this year, as she’s learning to read.  I may even add an ‘a’, as I often can’t help myself. Regardless, I like the idea of giving a Valentine that isn’t so temporary. Something a bit more lasting.

A friend of mine saw it and felt the same and commissioned me to do one for her husband.  And, then I just couldn’t stop!

So, now I’m taking custom orders!

Create your own message or borrow an old Sweetheart Candy standard.  Sweet or silly, reaffirming or epic (‘marry me’, anyone?!), I will paint it for you.

Paintings are acrylic on canvas. These are tiny paintings, either 2in x 2in, or 2in x 4in. $25.

A sweet little gift.

Order Soon! by sending me a message on my contact page.

 

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Hello, my name is Annie Ferris.

I am a Tulsa-based artist working primarily in commissioned art for individuals, businesses and organizations.  I am also the Creative Director and the After-School Programming Director for Global Gardens, a local non-profit organization.

I happily share my days and nights with my husband, Scott, our lovely daughter, Bea, and our trusty old dog, Tupelo Honey.

I’m one lucky lady.