Creava Arts’ first Plein Air Pastels Class is off to a great start! Despite the gray skies, Marla demonstrated the basics of painting in pastels outdoors while painting our neighbors, the Wheelhouse food truck. (The painting shown here is not quite finished.) Classes continue each Thursday, 9-11am, at locations around Springfield. Join the group anytime; call for more information and to find out where we’ll be. Spectators are more than welcome!

Raku Firing Workshop!

Our Raku Firing Workshop is today at Parnell Studios, our home studio facility. Five participants are firing their pieces as they learn about the creative process from Hue. By the afternoon, we’ll have several dozen raku pieces out of our gas kiln.

Charcoal Animals in Wild Things Camp

Campers in “Where The Wild Things Are” Art Camp created a number of challenging art pieces, all depicting wild animals and creatures from our imaginations. This project not only taught the children how to draw with charcoal sticks, but also how to break a large image down into four parts and tackle each quadrant separately to make a whole drawing. They did awesome!

Beginning Pastel Painters!

Marla: These are two of my beginning pastel painting students, working on their own landscapes this week. They both have a great sense of color and space, and are doing so well!
Woman painting pastel landscapeWoman painting pastel landscape

At The Homeschool Convention!

Marla: We were set up at the Southwest Homeschool Education Ministry (SHEM) Conference at University Plaza Hotel in Springfield yesterday and today. We talked to lots of homeschool parents, and Hue and two of our teen pottery students demonstrated throwing clay on the wheel. Each afternoon, Hue patiently helped kids make their own pots…and a memory!
Girl Throwing on the potter's wheel
man and boy at potter's wheelhands throwing pottery

Van Gogh In Clay!

Marla: Two of our homeschool students are brothers who love to try something new in the studio. Recently, they created clay versions of two Vincent van Gogh paintings, Starry Night and Wheat Fields With Cypress Trees. The pieces took them three classes to complete, as the guys were so meticulous in painting details with glazes. I am so proud of the completed pieces, which are real keepsakes.

Student Making Clay PaintingStudent Making Clay PaintingClay Starry NightClay Van Gogh Paintings

Frolic Magazine Is Publishing A Story About Creava Arts!

Marla: Several staff members and lots of children descended upon the Creava Arts’ studios on March 29 to shoot photos for a story about us in the upcoming Spring Summer issue! We are excited that they chose to feature our business and to help us to continue getting our name out to the Springfield community and beyond.

Four children were willing models as I helped them create colorful watercolor paintings, and Miss Mattie led another four artists as they made and decorated clay fish and pinch pots. It was utter creative chaos and we loved every minute and can’t wait to see the photos!

Watch for the new issue out any day, available at HyVee and Barnes & Noble. We’ll post the article as well!

Young Artists Paint Pastels

My Saturday morning Drawing Essentials class wanted to try painting with pastels, so we all painted a landscape. They did great!