Friday, June 16, 2017

New Custom, Hand-Painted, Hand-Printed T-Shirts - $25

To raise funds for my son's Music Department, which relies solely on donations to keep itself going, I am making custom, 100% hand-painted/printed t-shirts which I am selling for $25. 

Here are my latest t-shirt designs:

Please buy a t-shirt, and help support our musical youth, and my son's Music Department!!
To order, please:
email 

or buy through my Etsy Store:
 The Cotton Bluebird













  • The T-Shirts you order will be relatively similar to those posted on the blog, but the character and words can be any animal, plant, etc. (so long as it does not violate copyright laws.)
  • T-Shirts come in all styles (regular, fitted, tank top etc.) and all sizes, S, M, L child and S, M, L adult)
  • T-Shirts aim to be 80 - 100% cotton.
  • Paint used is non-toxic, washable fabric paint specifically suited to clothing.
  • Cash, checks and paypal accepted.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Custom, Hand-Made T-Shirts


 

This summer, my son and I would like to raise funds for my son's Music Department.



The Music Department provides a really excellent opportunity for the music students to participate in band and orchestra, giving them a solid foundation in music. My son has had two wonderful years in the Music Department, and has really grown musically and personally.


The Music Department relies solely on donations to help keep it going. With all the opportunities they provide the students, as well as the many expensive instruments they need to buy, they are always in need of funds.


To raise funds, I am making custom, 100% hand-painted/printed t-shirts (please see the link below) which I am selling for $25, and my son is making gadgets from his 3-D printer (like those linked below) which he is selling for $1 to $3 each.



  • The T-Shirts you order will be relatively similar to those posted on the blog, but the character and words can be any animal, plant, etc. (so long as it does not violate copyright laws.)
  • The 3-D gadgets include fidget spinners or fidget rings, small characters etc. (but, again, we do have to be careful of copyright laws, and all gadgets should be original).
  • The 3-D gadgets can be blue, white or red.
  • T-Shirts come in all styles (regular, fitted, tank top etc.) and all sizes, S, M, L child and S, M, L adult)
  • T-Shirts aim to be 80 - 100% cotton.
  • Paint used is non-toxic, washable fabric paint specifically suited to clothing.
  • Cash, checks and paypal accepted.


Please support our musical youth, and my son's Music Department!!

Please email me for further details and to order a t-shirt or gadget.


Adventure T-Shirt



Bluebird T-Shirt







Carpe Diem T-Shirt










Monday, August 1, 2016

Top Awards for Livermore Art Students

Art Students of Thomasin Dewhurst Fine Art won top art prizes at the Alameda County Fair this Summer, including Best of Show awards, Best of Class awards, Sponsored monetary awards, First Place awards, and Second Place awards.

Congratulations go to:
  • Mariya Lima for winning an overall Best of Show award in the oil / acrylic painting category, Best of Class (youth, painting, 9 - 11 years) and First Place for her oil painting, “Fun-Sized”;
  • Lukas Horstschraer for winning a prestigious $50 LAA Sponsored Award for Best Black & White Pencil Drawing (9 - 11years), Best of Class (youth, drawing, 9 -11 years) and First Place for his pencil drawing, “Battle of the Future”;
  • Jaeden Li for also winning a prestigious $50 LAA Sponsored Award for Best Painting in Oil / Acrylics (12 - 14 years), Best of Class and First Place for his oil painting, “Grizzly in Spring”;
  • Anahi Morales for winning First Place for her colored pencil drawing, “Queen of the Garden” (youth, colored pencil drawing,12 - 14 years), and for Second Place with her oil painting, “A Portrait from within” (youth, painting, 12 - 14 years);
  • Rylee Lettus for winning First Place (youth, pastel, 9 - 11 years) for her pastel drawing “Owl”;
  • Shyanne Li for winning Second Place (youth, oil/acrylic painting, 9 - 11 years) for her oil painting, “Pets”;
  • Reagan Kinsella for winning Second Place (youth, oil/acrylic painting, 9 - 11 years) for all three (untitled) of her oil paintings;
  • Jakob Emerson for winning Second Place (youth, oil/acrylic painting, 12 - 14 years) for his painting, “Dapper Fish”;
  • Alyssa Dennison for winning Second Place (youth, oil/acrylic painting, 9 - 11 years) for her painting, “Sunset on Beach”;
  • Julia Weir for winning Second Place (youth, oil/acrylic painting, 15 - 17 years) for her oil painting, “Apple on a Plate





     












Sunday, July 17, 2016

Online video Art Lesson - How to draw an eye in pencil (click on the image or the link below to get to the video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py-i4yC1GA0

A video demonstration / art lesson on how to draw a realistic eye in pencil.  I use a 4B pencil on lightweight, acid-free drawing paper.  I also use a soft paper blending stub and an artist's kneadable eraser.

GreatLittleArtLessons

Monday, June 27, 2016

Recent Art Party!

I was recently asked to host an art party for a group of adults. Everyone had great fun, and really enjoyed themselves painting a vinyard landscape!

Excellent job on your masterpieces ladies!


For more information about Art Party hosting and prices, please email or telephone.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Wins for my art students at the 2016 Alameda County Fair!

Congratulations to my students, Lukas, Reagan, Jakob, Julia and Alyssa for winning awards at this year's Alameda County Fair art contest!

Lukas really excelled and won the Best of Show award for his drawing "Battle of the Future".

Very well done, all of you!








 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

First online Art classes on Google+ !! - Student artwork

As this school year comes to a close a number of my students will be moving away, meaning, sadly, that, after watching them develop their skills over the years, they will no longer be able to have their regular face-to-face lessons with me.

In light of this, and with the enthusiasm and encouragement of the students' parents, I decided to explore the possibilities of online teaching.  I have taken a number of courses myself through, for example, Khan Academy and Coursera, and acquired some very valuable and useful knowledge through those organizations.  I am also a great fan of youtube as an education resource and a means of sharing information and skills in an accessible, informal and discursive way.

One of the most helpful aspects of youtube teaching is, for instance in art or music demonstrations, watching problems happen during the making process, and then seeing how they can be solved.  In professionally published lessons or demonstrations, I feel there is too large a gap between the starting point of the project and the finished product, where the end result seems to just magically happen without effort on the artist's or musician's part.  All the thinking, searching and discovering, which takes place through the making and confronting of mistakes, has been erased, and what is left is a rather slick and uncreative method of making which relates little to the student's own experience.

A student encounters all kinds of obstacles during the creative process.  Each mark is a problem that needs to be solved, and it is in the finding of solutions where the battle lies.  Things such as how to hold the pencil or brush, what direction to make the mark, how hard to press, how long to make the stroke etc., are problems, and there are an infinite number of choices as to how to solve them, which can make the student (or even the processional artist) feel overwhelmed and incompetent.

A major cause of disillusionment when learning to draw or paint is not realizing how long it takes to make something work. In art, I try to encourage my students to do many reworkings. Every reworking is a note to oneself; a discovery of what does and does not work, and through the reworkings, an artist can get closer to not only how to draw and paint to their own satisfaction and vision, but also the grow that vision at the same time. It can take weeks to arrive at a happy conclusion, and often artworks can look worse after two or more hours of hard work than they did at the start. This is to be expected, and should be approached patiently.

Coming back to my original point, I tried two group art classes on google+ with the intent of becoming more active in the online world of teaching.  These virtual classes did have their hiccups, with images disappearing or freezing during the lesson, and the image resolution being quite low, and so not much detail could be seen.  The students seemed to gain quite a bit from the lesson, nevertheless, and it definitely has its possibilities.

The lessons were around an hour long, and I demonstrated all the time, which was quite hard work! (I am very used to having the pleasing experience of watching other people draw for an hour or two).  We got some good drawings out of the lesson, and here are some examples of students' work.

I will be offering around three more free art lessons through Skype or Facetime through the end of June 2016.  These are offered on a  first-come-first-served basis. Please contact me for details.



 adult art student

 8 year old art student

19 year old art student

adult art student