Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Eye-dropper art

I just saw this really cool demonstration over on etsy for making portraits with eye-droppers and ink--this idea would translate so well to a homeschool art project!  (With  washable ink, for those that need it!)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ruth Korch is now an OG vendor!

Hey Moms, Ruth is a lovely woman and very skilled artist, who sometimes writes and speaks for SoulKitchen Bible studies and women's retreats!  I wish I could take a class with her myself!  But if any of you are looking for an art teacher, she would be wonderful, and you would be supporting someone related to the Vintage community. : )

lisa c.

RUTH KORCH, Artist & Teacher
Learning to paint with watercolors is a skill your children can enjoy the rest of their lives. Because it's fast and easily transportable they can paint quick scenes out in nature or on vacations. It's equally suited to detailed or loose expression. It's one of the purest mediums we can use, but it also can be one of the most challenging. In this 6 week course your child will be introduced to secrets that make watercolors "sing". They will learn basic techniques, followed by projects that offer opportunities to use them in a fun way.
Cooper, our shaggy white dog, is my mascot and loves to welcome children to our home where they will learn in a safe and happy setting. This class for ages 9 & up will meet Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:30 for 6 weeks. Class size is 3-8 students and runs September 7, 14, 21 & October 5, 12, 19.
Private Lessons (1-2 students) $45/1.5 hours
Group Lessons (3-8 students) $30/1.5 hours ($180/ 6 wk introductory course)
Materials Fee: $25 (once children have some of the basic supplies, materials fee will go down in future classes)
Children love animals and this 3 week class offers an opportunity for them to create a 16 x 20 acrylic painting of their favorite animal. The course teaches drawing, canvas preparation and painting skills.
Wednesdays: 3:00 - 4:30, Nov 2, 9 & 16
Cost: $90 and $25 materials fee (total - $115)
I have a degree in Fine Art and currently teach art classes at Live Oak Academy, a home school co-op in San Jose. I am a working artist doing commissions and exhibiting in Santa Cruz Open Studios. I also teach calligraphy classes at Palace Arts in Capitola. You can see my work at>. I welcome your thoughts and questions:>. For enrollment, please contact both me and your ES.
Ruth Korch. 130 Eastridge Court. Santa Cruz. 95060

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Vintage Homeschool Moms Back to School Party!

Hello all!

So, it is that time again.  Can you believe it? I thought it would be fun again to have a party/open house to celebrate the start of the new school year.  Since most of us can no longer make Mondays, I was thinking we would have it there at church on Friday August 26th instead, at our normal time of noon-2:30. 

I am checking with the church to make sure we can use the building at that time.  But even if the church classroom is not available, let's keep the time and date on our calendars and we will make it a park date instead, ok?  Check here for any changes, but if you don't see an UPDATE to this post, that means the original plan to meet at church is a go. : )

So, either place we meet, bring a lunch for your family and a food item to share with the group! 

Also, talk to your kids about your goals for this Fall, and have each kid come up with one learning goal they have that they can share with the group (or one thing they are going to be learning about that they are excited about, like dinosaurs or handwriting or something). 

And please spread the word and invite your friends!

lisa c.

Addicted to Distraction

Came up on an interesting little article today:

Makes me feel a little better about our family not having iAnything. : )

lisa c.

Monday, August 8, 2011

2011 Aquarium Homeschool Days

From my wonderful ES, Terry:

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the day to sign up for a FREE homeschool day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Every family must sign up individually on their website.  All the information is below.  

2011 Home School Days

Thank you for your continued support for our Home School Day program.  We are writing to provide important information regarding Home School Days 2011.     

 The Home School Days dates for 2011 are:
Monday, October 17th
Monday, October 24th
Monday, October 31st
Monday, November 7th
Monday, November 14th
As with other education groups, home school families are eligible to participate in only one free visit each school year.

Online reservations for Home School Days 2011 will open on Tuesday, August 9th at 9:00 a.m.  Each Home School date will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.Home School Day information and the online reservation link will be found on this School Programs page on August 9th at 9:00 a.m.  Home school families are welcome to make individual reservation for up to 10 participants (youth and adults combined).  Home school youth are students between the ages of 3-17 years, and home school adults are 18 years and older.  Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge and should not be included in your reservation.

Due to frequent discrepancies in group numbers and arrival times, we are no longer accepting group reservations for Home School Days.We encourage group leaders to communicate the new reservation process to their home school family members.Group leaders may encourage their member families to make reservations on the same date and, if desired, may plan a meeting location for the group inside the Aquarium after families have arrived.  Group leaders should communicate this information directly to their member families.

The theme for Home School Days 2011 is "Open Seas".Home school families will be able to enjoy the newly-renovated Open Sea exhibit (previously the Outer Bay) which will showcase sharks, tuna, turtles, puffins and plankton!

Our Discovery Lab classroom will be open for drop-in home school family activities from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Here you and your children will be able to interact with live ocean animals, examine Aquarium articfacts and resources, and get crafty all while learning more about your family's personal connection to ocean conservation.

There are a variety of Aquarium Adventures programs in which you and your family can participate during your visit.  You will find more information about available program on our website at this Aquarium Adventures page.  Note that the programs have age requirements and additional costs that are not included in your complimentary admission to Home School Days.  We strongly recommend that you pre-register for all events as space is limited.

Thank you for your cooperation with our Home School Day process.  We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the Aquarium this fall! 

Education Programs Staff
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Phone:  831-644-7538