Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chrissy Caps Special Order

On Saturday, my stepdaughter and I worked on a special order for her Chrissy Caps. Chrissy Caps are necklaces and key chains designed by Chrissy and made from found objects and bottle caps. She uses all kinds of bottle caps in all kinds of colors and creates the insides using found objects, beads, glitter, pictures and all kinds of other goodies. We have sold many of her creative Chrissy Caps since she started making them in November of 2009.
This past week we received a special order for key chains using the logo for an organization. So Chrissy got to work this Saturday in the studio to create the key chains for the special order. She cut her chains, set up and chose the caps she would use and then designed her caps.

Our clients love these little goodies and they make a cool gift for just about anyone who can appreciate using materials that would otherwise end up in the trash to create clever art.
For more information about Chrissy Caps, give us a call at Creative Genius Art Gallery & Studio.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Earning a Girl Scout "Camera Shots" Badge at Creative Genius...

This past Saturday, I got the opportunity to work with a great Girl Scout troop to help them earn their Camera Shots badge. This badge class combined some classroom learning along with hands-on interaction and the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves and take a lot away with them at the end. We got to look at the work of professional photographers and the girls got to analyze each others work as well.One of the enjoyable parts for them was learning how to be a storyteller with your camera. By working in pairs, they completed their hands-on projects (with some coaching from me).
Overall, it was a fun little session. And in just over an hour and a half, the troop had earned their Camera Shots Badge.
We have Photography Badge programs available at Creative Genius for both Juniors as well as Cadettes. The cadette program is a bit more advanced but both programs cover basics as well as additional lessons not required as part of earning a badge. Both programs were created by me specifically using Girl Scouts guidelines and badge requirements. Since I teach photography to kids and adults weekly, I have a pretty good amount of information to share and I also don't mind answering questions either.
And we also offer a great Junior Pottery Badge class in our studio too...
Once, a million years ago (give or take a few years) I was a girl scout too so I have a special place in my heart for all those great girls who want to try something new to earn their badges and gain the knowledge and sense of accomplishment that comes from learning something completely different.
Always something fun happening at Creative Genius!

The pictures below show the girls during the storytelling exercise. A lot of creativity was shown during this exercise...it wasn't easy at first but once they got into it, the looked like they were having fun.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another Creative Genius giveaway and other assorted fun...

This week's facebook fan giveaway is this great little paperweight by Linda Thiltgen--a great addition to any desk! The winner of this little treat is Gina Desumma. Congrats, Gina!
We have some great new gallery pieces arriving daily (jewelry, beautiful wood, pottery and more) and we also have some great upcoming events and weekly offerings added to our schedule. Two monthly programs just added include ART FOR THE YOUNG ADULT, a great weekly painting and drawing class for teens and FROM SKETCH TO CANVAS, an adult painting and drawing class for anyone who wants instructor guidance and input as they create their masterpiece from the sketching phase through to the canvas completion.
Upcoming workshops include Stained Glass Pendant Workshop, Stained Glass for Beginners (make an 8x10 inch panel and learn techniques) and Precious Metal Clay with jewelry artist, Michele Grady. And that is just in April!
There is always something creative happening at Creative Genius...stay tuned for more details....

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Past two weeks of giveaways...

So I got to visit yesterday with Pola Galie, the winner of last week's Creative Genius facebook fan giveaway. She even blogged about the new addition to her coffee mug collection, which was very cool.
And this morning, this week's winner was announced...Shirley Martin won the hand-painted martini glass that is this week's Creative Genius Facebook Fan Giveaway. Shirley was one of Creative Genius's first customers almost 7 years ago...how time flies....
Congrats to both winners...thanks for being fans...