Saturday, August 2, 2014

Welcome Bridge Students 2014-2015 School Year

Welcome Back everyone!  I can't believe the summer is coming to a close.  I look forward to hearing about everyones summer adventures.  I wanted to start the year by introducing you to my blog
Here I will post pictures to share our creative adventures in the classroom and community as well as fun announcements!
Our first Project Personal Sketchbooks!

Colored Pencil Still Life

Class  Critique
To begin we need supplies!  I have set up online ordering of supplies through Dick Blick Art supplies. If you are a new student please order the entire list. If you are a returning student only order what you need to replenish. If you have oil pastels, prismacolor colored pencils or a portfolio from a previous years with me you do not need to repurchase them.  All students will need to purchase the Koi watercolor half pans and the Rembrant half stick chalk pastels.  (These are the pastels I use in class with no scary warnings on them.)  Do not worry about back ordered items.  Order them and they will be shipped to you later.  Everyone will need to get new ebony pencils, erasers, and pens.  Ordering is easy! Click on the following link
Click on registries and lists in the upper right of the tool bar, scroll down and select Blick U lists.
In the next field select Tennessee as your state, Studio Bloom as your school and my lists will appear at the bottom of the screen.  Example:  Intro to Art grades 5th-8th The Bridge Homeschool Group and my name Gwendolyn English.  Click on the list and purchase the supplies you need.  Please no substitutions!  These are what we need. Each student needs to have theirs supplies in class August 26th or 28th.  That gives students three weeks and Dick Blick is fast and very well priced!  Our first project is a personal sketchbook for use in and out of class all year!  I look forward to seeing everyone August 12th and 14th!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Getting fired up for service! Memphis Empty Bowls May 18th 2014

Food is the most basic of human needs. Food is the way we celebrate, the way we connect, and often the way we care for one another. We honor these experiences with our thankfulness, with our fellowship, and with our food choices. Yet many residents of Memphis and Shelby County struggle to obtain enough healthy food for themselves and their families. Sometimes this means going hungry, or relying on the overabundance of cheap, unhealthy foods laden with salt, fat, and sugar to meet daily food needs.

There is a critical relationship between social and economic components of society and the ability to eat and access healthy, fresh food. This year, the Memphis Empty Bowls Project is proud to benefit Memphis-area local food pantries as well as the Double Green$ program of Grow Memphis. In its third year of existence, Double Green$, provides a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 when shoppers spend their SNAP benefits at participating farmers markets providing options and dignity to low income residents in Memphis.

In my art classes with the Bridge Homeschool group we will be creating bowls to support this charitable event.  Each student will create their own design and paint it on a ceramic bowl and donate it to support the
Memphis Empty Bowls Project
Please look at the bowls from last year's event created by Bridge students.  At the bottom of the post is a link to the Empty Bowls project site where you can find information purchasing tickets to the event May 18th! 

Your participation in this project represents a $25 ticket for every bowl donated. As guests leave with their empty bowls they serve as reminders of the hunger in our community. Thank you so much for using your compassion and creativity to make this event possible!!!