Sometimes it is difficult to take kids to art fairs as they always want to touch. I’m always happy to point out to parents that my work is pretty kid proof and if they poke at it, I won’t have to cut their hands off 🙂 which usually is a relief as it’s often too late at that point.
I follow the Red Dot blog of Jason Horejs of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. He covers a lot of interesting topics (though sadly he doesn’t transmit on WordPress). I was really interested in his blog of August 9th about kids looking at art in museums and galleries.
From what he says about children appreciating museum/gallery art, it seems like art fairs are a little more interesting for little ones – for a start there’s frequently something hung at their eye level in a booth, some of it (like the one below) would be ideal for a child’s room, and there aren’t quite such strict rules about running between displays. Occasionally I will get a youngster who comes back to subsequent shows with enthusiasm – and I know that I can’t be the only artist who enjoys this phenomenon, so here and there, future collectors are being created.
#1271 Night Watch. Mixed media on panel (refractured watercolor, poetry, acrylic). 14×24″.
Serendipity struck earlier in the week when a couple of ladies who were rv camping at nearby Johnson’s Landing discovered on the internet that I hold art classes and called up to see what the options might be. Well, they were interested in the “Beginning painting” class that I had planned on running in Borrego Springs that day, but hadn’t had any students. But, seeing as there is enough space in my living room to hold a small class, and there were only two of them, they came on Thursday to spend the day learning a lot of basics, and to do a little practice in between some of the theories. It’s the first time I’ve taught this class and I was working from my crib sheet a little, but the timing of the class worked out just as I’d planned for a one-day intensive class. I’ll also be offering this class as a series of four 2-2.5 hour classes in La Quinta next month so I was able to see where I need to make a couple of adjustments to divide the class up more evenly into four.
Putting together almost everything we’ve learned in one painting.
Of course I got so involved in enjoying teaching the class I didn’t think to take a photo until they were on the last exercise. But after a long afternoon and evening in Yuma, it was really nice to be able to work in my slippers!