WELCOME! This website is mostly about art and writing with some other stuff occasionally thrown in like travel blogs. Special guest bloggers and artists drop by once in a while, too. So click on other links above and enjoy the art and writing!

Enjoy summer making fun arts and crafts! Click on the art tutorial link above. Follow the tutorials or use them as a springboard to make arts and crafts that are uniquely yours! Use Your Imaginations! As Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than intelligence.” If you haven’t done so yet, make the project introduced last week plus this week’s project, too. Tune in every week to make something creative, fun and interesting! While you are making the arts and crafts projects, visit a museum, go to an arts festival or decorate your back yard fence. Fence decorating and weaving tutorials can be found in the archives of this webpage.

"What's in a Name, Anyway?"

The author is in the middle row, second from the right.


What’s in a Name? Shakespeare once asked. The answer is: Plenty!

Read “What’s in a Name, Anyway?” by Marion Constantinides July-August 2015 issue of Good Old Days magazine. Available at newsstands or by subscription.

Names really do matter!


School is almost over! Yay! Summer is just around the corner and Our Imaginations! Summer Art Camp will begin, too. This week make an introductory project. Click on the art tutorials link above.

Visit the Sights and Sounds of the Pittsburgh Folk festival 2015! Click on the travel link above.

Art and Reading:

Read My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli. How many yellow objects did the main character imagine when he got a new yellow shirt for his birthday? How many ideas can you imagine for your T-Shirt design? Click the art tutorial link above. Imagine shapes and objects in red and blue, too.

Two weeks ago, we read about umbrellas and designing the coolest umbrellas ever! Reading: The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert and The Yellow Umbrella by Caitlin Dundon. Did you know that umbrellas aren’t just for the rain? Can you think of other uses for umbrellas?

Did you read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin last week? What did you do with your groovy buttons? 

The week before, we read Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean.  Did you decorate your sunglasses so that they were the coolest sunglasses ever?  

And the week before that,  we read Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald  and created an arts and crafts project based on the reading! Did you decorate your sneakers so that they were the smelliest sneakers ever?

BANNERS AND MOBILES Over the next few weeks we will learn to make Banners and Mobiles. We will learn how you can turn a two-dimensional work of art or craft (like a banner) to a three-dimensional work of art (like a sculpture).  Does a flat object hanging in space turn into a sculpture? Or does the object become three-dimensional only when the object’s length and width are increased? This increase adds depth. We will learn to make banners first.

WHAT IS A BANNER? A banner is a piece of cloth suspended between two poles and often bearing a design, symbol or slogan. Banners can celebrate the seasons, holidays or bear slogans. The designs in this series of Art Tutorials celebrate summer, spring, winter and fall.

HOW TO MAKE MOBILES: What is a mobile? A mobile is a construction composed of lightweight parts suspended by threads and often attached to fine wires. So click on the Art /Craft Tutorials link above and let’s get started with the Spring is Here banner tutorial!

FUN FACT: ALEXANDER CALDER Go to the library and check out a book about the American sculptor Alexander Calder. He was born in 1898 in New York to a family of artists. “Sandy” was told that the life of an artist would be one of financial hardship so he decided to study engineering. One day, he was visiting his sister, Margaret, and her husband in Washington State whose scenery inspired him to draw and paint the landscape. “Sandy” was hooked and studied art at the Art Students League in New York City. He invented wooden toys during the period he exhibited his sculptures in Paris and this led to his invention of a form of sculpture called the mobile. A mobile is a sculpture that hangs in space and can move when you blow on it or touch it or when the wind hits it. Alexander Calder also created mobiles that can stand on a platform or on the floor and called them “stabiles.” He died on November 11, 1976 and two months later, then President Gerald Ford awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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