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A whirlwind week!

A whirlwind week! Wonderful, wonderful learning experience at an inner city church where I held an art class for middle school teens. Of course I was there to “teach”! But par for the course, the teacher was the one who had more to learn than her students did. Their good attitude and good behavior was a reflection of the expectations of the program’s leadership members. I’m so curious and eager to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes and who gets to attend, and what these young teens do the other days of the summer.

Intertwined with the art classes this week was a stopover visit with our Florida nieces and their daddy. Nora and Alysa’s creative energy gave me the spark I needed to pull off the last art class downtown and to give me inspiration for an art lesson plan for next week. Nora got revved up by thumbing through one of my art studio books, COLLAGE UNLEASHED, by Traci Bautista. And Alysa created an adorable cardboard doll with a “pocket skirt” for tucking in the mini-Bible story book she made, too.

My neighbor Carol popped over this morning when she saw me painting . . . . The neighbors are probably worried that this zany artist will end up painting a mural on the outside like she did on the inside. Not to worry! We’re just painting the exterior of our little cottage house. A conservative color with a restful name, Pacific Pines. [wouldn’t it be fun to have that job—naming all of the paint chips I linger over at Home Depot?!]

Now I get to paint some sample projects for Cartabella Art Camp. Let the fun begin!

Author: Bonnie Porter

Bonnie Porter is an artist who lived in Europe and now resides in Atlanta. A part-time art teacher who paints and creates with a love of color, line and composition, drawing on inspiration from everywhere.

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