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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Acrobats, clowns, animals - a circus of triangle figures - art lesson demo drawings, student work, adult class 3/28/16, kids' class 3/29/16


Circuses of triangle figures - acrobats, clowns, animals. Art lesson demo drawings, student work, adult class 3/28/16, kids' class 3/29/16

Cut a sheet of card stock into quarters.

Invent  an acrobat or clown figure in each piece of card stock, (vertical format), by just drawing triangles. Make sure the joints have width rather than two points touching.

Invent four animals by drawing triangles on card stock quarters in horizontal format.

Color and/or decorate these figures.

Cut them out.

Arrange them on a separate sheet of paper. Tip them down with a few strategic spots of glue stick. Color/embellish the scene further.

Alternately attach paper sticks to the back of the cutouts and hang off accordian fold backdrop.

You may notice here that a couple of dinosaurs have wandered into one of the circuses.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easter Rabbits & Eggs - drawings & cards, art lesson, 3/22/16

An Easter whiteboard demo drawing for children's art class. Kids and adults generally followed along. After we did the large drawing everyone colored their art. We had a little time left to do some paper cuts. We cut paper into four quarters. Color a piece as you wish. Class did not know what was coming next! Ok! Cut that out freehand in one continuous cut - an egg! Actually I did not even tell them at first. I started - someone guessed circle and then it hit them - an egg. Ok, color another piece as you wish. Decorate if you want but we have to do it fast. Now! - cut a freehand bunny in one continuous cut - as if you are drawing with the scissors. Now see how your background pieces on white paper give you white eggs and bunnies. Some people did have time to also glue down their colored papercuts, (positives), onto white paper.



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Spring!

Digital drawing.... Colored in digitally. But you should be able to download the coloring page to color for yourself!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 2016 - greens, leprechauns, rainbows, and celtic designs art lessons; demo and student art, 3/16/16

St. Patrick's day is a good time to play with greens. Greens made with the two yellows and four blues in our crayon sets. We made color charts of these colors overlaying each other. We colored the rows  in the first layer, then overlaid the columns in a second layer, using the same order. Each color combo has two versions. How different are they depending on which color went down first? Regular crayons don't blend as strong a color as paints would because there is so much wax in the first layer, it just repels any further coloring. It is still a good experiment. Note the difference just between individuals' lay down style!

Only today do I realize - here we are doing greens charts and all this time I have been blind to these ALSO being portions of the rainbow - such a big part of the leprechaun story!

The students, (adults), however, went to town turning their greens charts into rainbows.

Frames for our final drawings - We folded our papers for the leprechaun drawings so that we had equal sided border frames and corners in which to draw designs. (This folding gets dyslexic.)

Fold the long side up to desired width. You know how to make sure your fold is parallel to paper edge. How to fold the sides so they are equal width to that first length? Think back on how you fold a 'square'. Use that as measurement guide to fold up the sides. From there you should have the measurement for the equal width last side, (the other long side). Now, presumably the corner squares each have a diagonal in them. How can you make the criss-cross diagonal in each square so that you have more balanced design in the corners? Make it so.

Kids' class followed along with my leprechaun demonstration. We drew by coloring into imaginary outlines. This gives that stencil silhouette effect. It is hard to grasp this when one is used to drawing with just outlines.



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fw: Free April Art Workshops for Adults, with Catinka Knoth, at Rockland Library, 2016

Press Release


Free April Art Workshops for Adults, with Catinka Knoth, at Rockland
Library, 2016

Rockland - Catinka Knoth will lead a drawing workshop series for
adults, on creating 'April Art'. Attendees will explore themes such as
Spring and fairytale papercuts in celebration of Hans Christian
Andersen's birthday; cherry trees and the Cherry Blossom Festival; and
spring flowers. Classes meet 11 a.m. Mondays, April 4, 11, and 25th,
(the Library closes for Patriots Day, 4/18/16); in the Community Room,
Rockland Public
Library, 80 Union St. Led by Knoth, participants will create their
own art. Knoth provides the classes free of charge, with materials
supplied. Friends of Rockland Library host the workshops, which are
open to the public. FMI Knoth at 596-0069 or Rockland Library at

4/04 Spring & fairytale papercuts
4/11 Cherry trees and the Cherry Blossom Festival
4/18 No Class - Library closed for Patriots' Day
4/25 Spring Flowers - Tulips & Daffodils

Knoth will provide instruction and guidance in drawing and creating the
April themes. Each week is a different subject. Participants will work
with pencil, colored pencil, and crayon, and sometimes scissors, with a
focus on drawing in color.

Knoth paints watercolors of Maine and whimsical animal scenes, which
she offers as cards and prints. She also teaches a free weekly
children's drawing class, at Rockland Public Library, with the
sponsorship of Wendy and Keith Wellin. For more information about
Knoth's work

Attachments: Art/photos by Catinka Knoth

Fw: "April Awakenings" Children's Drawing Classes with Catinka Knoth at Rockland Library, 2016

Press Release


"Let's Draw April Awakenings!" - Children's Drawing Classes at Rockland
Library, 2016

Rockland -  Children will draw in celebration of Spring this April at
Rockland Public Library. Participants draw along with artist Catinka
Knoth as she demonstrates. Subjects may include fairy tale papercuts in
honor of Hans Christian Anderson's birthday;
koi kites and cherry trees for the Japanese Spring Festival ; baby
animals such as bunnies, puppies, kittens, lambs, and colts; spring
peepers,  birds' nests and fledglings, and spring flowers such as
crocuses, daffodils, and tulips.

"Let's Draw April Awakenings!" -
4/05   Fairy Tale papercuts
4/12   Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
4/19   Baby Animals
4/26   Spring Peepers,  Birds Nests, Spring Flowers

The ongoing workshops, sponsored by Wendy and Keith Wellin, for age 6
and up, (including the young at heart), are free and open to the
public. Library policy requests that children age 10 and under  have an
adult accompany them. Knoth expects participants to be able to work
independently for the most part.  Classes provide all materials and
meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm., Community Room, Rockland Public Library,
80 Union St., hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. FMI - Jean Young,
children's librarian, 594-0310.

Attachments: Demonstration art and photos by Catinka Knoth

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Testing the Greeting Card Universe store widget

I have tried putting this widget into the sidebar. It worked once and then just disappeared. I don't know if it is just a very slow connection to the server or what. My sidebar work-around is a text link to my store at GCU along with a single card to purchase. Clicking on the single card however does not take one to my store. It takes one to my card, along with the option of seeing 700(?) others in that category, (by other people).

Nope - that code just does not seem to work.

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