My daughter loves art...all types. I still remember when she was still in preschool, her wanting to make a giant caterpillar and she creatively created about 5-6 pieces of paper, making each piece of paper a circle and attaching pom-poms to it for texture and taping them together as she wanted it as a decoration in her bedroom. She is very artistic and sees the world in such a unique way. I'm so glad she has a way to express how she sees the world through art. She also loves animals of all types, and a lot times..she puts these two things together.
It's now our second year finding smART Room Studio and couldn't be happier with Mrs. Bonnie Brunner and I had the opportunity to go with my daughter to class when the particular thing she was working on was her keyhole painting which was so neat. I love the set-up she has and appreciate her beautiful creativity as well.
I always wanted her to take art from someone who has a passion for it and we found that with smART Room Studio and Mrs. Bonnie. She barley can wait to get to art class each week to have time to work on her next project and love the most that she has learned art is a long process, not something to just finish right away. I love that she is learning so much about so many different types of art as well as constantly trying new things all the time thanks to the environment Mrs. Bonnie has set up to help inspire and encourage her to grow to her full potential and figure out what all she can do with her "artistic" gift and to unleash her creativity while learning at the same time.
Thank you from Ava's Mom.
If you knew Richard Vanderpool, Jr., ...you would know he loves making whirligigs to be enjoyed by all. It's so nice to see his passion for them and helped to inspire a trip we ended up taking last year to his hometown of Wilson, NC. He also helped us become more aware about these fun pieces of art for yards, museums and more.
We were able to take a trip with him in January 2017 along with some other family members, including my children. We went to Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park, although when we were there we saw only the warehouse, sort of where the magic was happening in restoring these contraptions and learned all about the story through various newspaper clippings on a bulletin board and fell in love with saving the town and the art all at once to help revitalize the town! Very inspiring to see this in Wilson, NC!
I hope to go back one day soon with the family to see the Park as it's there now. We got to the see the plan...now to go back and see those ideas brought to life. There's an annual Whirligig Festival the first weekend in November, learn more here: WHIRLIGIG FESTIVAL. If you are interested in learning more about the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, here's some quick access links:
I don't know how many of you reading this are from North Carolina, but if you are, I wonder if you knew that the official North Carolina State Folk Art are "whirligigs"? Thought it was quite fitting that this is in North Carolina.
North Carolina State Folk Art
We aren't sure of the origin of the whirligig, but think it may have come from either farmers and/or sailors because they both regularly use weathervanes. They aren't just yard decor, but also can be very useful and and are known by many names.
"They can be designed to transmit sound and/or vibration to repel burrowing rodents to keep them away from your house, garden, flowers, etc. There are also different ways they can be powered including by hand, friction or motor powered. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijigs, whirlyjigs, whirlybirds or plain whirly."
I think these are pretty great...and these are just a few. Grandpa Vanderpool has made a bird whirligig for our daughter to paint and when she finishes, hope to have it in the front yard.
I had seen them many times, but until I heard about them from someone with a passion for them, I just didn't know much about them. We have grown to appreciate these works of art because of Grandpa and his passion and love for making "whirligigs"! Ever since our trip to Wilson, NC we notice them everywhere: in yards, museums, movies, even in shops.
Have you heard of "whirligigs" before this article, or seen them and just didn't know quite what they were called? Let me know in the comments below. If you've been to the park or have some whirligigs, share a picture, would love to see them!
My summer time has been pretty busy over here with planning and I've started lots of new things, so I think I have the type of energy where it's excitement mixed with a lot of fear as well and you can feel it so intensely, but it's a good thing. My blog is still pretty new and creating Facebook group communities as well as becoming an Independent Consultant for Usborne Books & More.
I recently read this article that helped me a lot with knowing this is just part of the natural part of growing.
The Only Time You Are Actually Growing is When You're Uncomfortable
We've as a family been slowing down more, kids playing with friends, loving our new lego Facebook group, going to the pool, lots of homeschool planning for our new year! It's hard to believe but our little will be in Pre-K, I had help this past year but I'm thinking I will probably keep her home with me this year other than community resources where I can go with her to on the learning adventures. And then my older two will be starting 6th grade! Wow, time flies! I'm so excited though with what we're planning. I still need to get everything printed and binded.
I hope to find time to write about our Minecraft books and sketching that helps you retain what you are learning. We are excited to start but I know the kids are loving the summer right now with friends and trips. We still have an upcoming family beach trip before we start back on August 7th.
I hope everyone has been enjoying your summer as well, although I know some who have already started the new year! I hope it's going well.
If you're interested, please let me know, I started a new Usborne Books & More Facebook group where I'm hoping I will get to do book reviews from time to time as I get more books! I have fallen in love with these cute interactive books.