On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Yellow + blue = green

I took a nap this afternoon and ended up staying up way late to make the sample for tomorrow's project in arts and crafts at Juvenile Hall.

Last week I introduced the boys to watercolor pencils figuring the things I'm addicted to are probably healthier than what they choose -- and so maybe they'll reconsider their choices. At any rate, tomorrow we'll pick up where we left off with a second opportunity to try out watercolor pencils.

I also want to show the boys how artists make use of tape to make crisp edges. And we'll look at some very basic notions of color mixing. Very few boys in Juvenile Hall can name the primary colors and most do not know which of those to mix to create the secondary colors, orange, purple and green.

To make it more fun -- and gain more cooperation -- I decided to do some color blocking. They can tape off designs or random sections (the first part, how artists use tape) and then they can use their watercolor pencils as they are or to mix some new colors.

This project took me about 15 minutes. It will take them a full hour. It always amazes me how their sense of time is so different from mine!


  1. This looks good. Looking forward to what your students think and produce.

  2. This is a great idea and one I may use for myself and/or my grandkids. I imagine something drawn in bold black color on top of this or using penwork to turn it into a drawn crazy quilt block.

  3. What a fabulous class - they are so lucky to be exposed to this creative avenue!

  4. I have to admire you for working with those youth ....a VERY tough crowd...i am sure some of them will be just tickled to death with this...and want to send them to their girlfriends ...ours just loved to make cards...you could bribe them to do ALOT of work if they could make a card when they were done

  5. what a great project - can't wait to hear how it turns out for the kids

  6. This looks like a great project for the kids. Let us know how they received it.


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