Camp Adler 2014

I’m teaching art classes again this summer, and these are some of my favorite projects from session 1.

Self-portraits with visions of summer sunglasses


color theory exercise


Zentangle portrait


Paper bag people



For this next project they had a partner help draw the initial shapes. They took turns making lines, and each had to make 5. It was a way to get the students to work abstractly, instead of trying to draw something specific, as well as a method of filling the page. It also turned out to be a good way to work with others, relax control issues, and a wonderful expressive exercise.




I had a dream last night that I was returning to Italy. I lived there for a semester, twenty years ago. I have often dreamed of being back in Florence, and I always walk down the street, knowing exactly when to turn to get to my favorite pastry shop. I buy the little oval shaped crust with the rice custard, and I can feel it’s texture under my teeth. The sun is warm, but waning, because it’s always Autumn. I can feel the smooth, knobbly cobbles under my feet. No time for shoe shopping. I’m looking for something, trying to get somewhere. Thank goodness I remembered my passport. There are statues everywhere, but not what I’m looking for. I freeze—I have forgotten my camera.