Kids and meditating: 7 tips

Kids in school, kids out of school, where to have school…when the world is full of uncertainty, meditation can calm everyone, even children. I know you’re thinking, “My kids are too lively to sit quietly for anything!” My experience as a teaching artist has taught me a few tricks for settling them down and getting […]

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New Gyotaku Classes at the Smithsonian

A new advanced class, Gyotaku Hawaiian Style,  is coming together for late fall 2020.  If you’ve taken the first class, come on back and learn how to add color to your prints! The beginning Gyotaku: the Art of the Japanese Fishprint class, and Nature Monoprints on Fabric will will also return in late fall 2020. […]

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Peek …Into the Woods

Into the Woods: Families Making Art in Nature was just released on two more platforms, the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Rakuten Kobo. Just the right size to tuck into a bag or pocket, the paperback version is available on Amazon.  Look to the right on this page for Watercolor Printed Leaves, a free […]

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Into the Woods: It’s out!

  PAPERBACK IS OUT! •     KINDLE RELEASE JUNE 3:  PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON   •     APPLE BOOKS release date:   JUNE 10  • Discover your family’s inner artist in the great outdoors!  Into the Woods includes  12+ chapters of family-friendly games and art activities designed to engage the senses and get your family in touch with nature at any […]

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Hand prints and Nature Prints

Here are a few photos of hand-printed clothing that was to have been (using that verb tense a lot these days!) in the Marblehead show.  I had planned to exhibit a selection of women’s shirts, canvas bags, and black aprons. I printed most of what you see here last fall (before all the leaves dropped), […]

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Soon to be released…

My book, Into the Woods: Families Making Art With Nature will be out by the end of May!  It will be available as an eBook and also as a paperback. You and your family can learn how to hand print fish and leaves, how to contour draw and keep a sketchbook, and how to become  […]

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Nature Printing Society

102 years ago, WW I ended.  People wore surgical masks as they danced in the streets on November 11, 1918 because the Spanish flu was at its height in the United States. In San Francisco, it took a year for life to return to normal. As we wait for our confinement to pass, I hope […]

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Hand print workshops

  What a difference an eye makes!  I printed these ocean perch on silk and painted in the eye with a brush afterwards.  You too can learn to print with fish and leaves at two nature printing workshops right now at the Smithsonian Associates art studios here in Washington, DC. I’ll be teaching the Japanese […]

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Leaves Two Ways: Yosemite Valley

  I’ll be an artist-in-residence at Yosemite in June, based in the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center.  If you will be in the valley, come join the art class from 10-2 PM Monday to Saturday. You’ll learn to draw, paint and print leaves from the Sierra Nevada, no need to bring anything but yourself […]

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Smithsonian Classes: Fish and Leaf Prints

This spring I’m teaching for the first time at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.! On April 27, I’ll be teaching watercolor and printmaking in a 5 hour workshop called Leaves Two Ways.    First you’ll transform contour drawings of leaves into transparent watercolor paintings.  Then you’ll use the same leaves to make leaf prints using […]

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