Piece #20 – The Snowman Challenge.


Piece #20 – The Snowman Challenge – Decorating a Snowman for the Christmas in Millerstown Celebration.

My brother-in-law purchased a big plywood snowman.  Different individuals and businesses in Millerstown were to decorate them to be on display during the small town community event this past Sat. Dec. 15.  His plans were to have a Sunday school class decorate it for our church.  However, all the kids were busy practicing for the Christmas program. 

Insert me, my two sons  and their cousins.  We took on the challenge. 

Of course I had to just look at it in my living room for a few days…..It was Uncle Alan’s “out of the box”  idea to make  wreaths!  We used sharpies on that side.

And lots of glitter…

At the last-minute we added acrylic penguins to the other side as well.  There might be a little bit of overachieving  in this family….

All were happy with the results.  Our Snowman even won 1st place.  We still  aren’t sure what that really means, but we met the challenge!


Piece #5 – “We are sooo gonna be in trouble!”

#5 – “We are sooo gonna be in trouble!” 

So not the words you most want to hear in the middle of an art class.  Not to mention it was a small class, only two energetic brothers…

One said to the other “wait till Mom sees  this mess!”  O.K. Now I have some  concern, because if these two guys are thinking it’s messy…. 

I was only gone a flash – a mere minute to run down to the basement and get a forgotten bottle of paint.  Really.  Two at  most…

The kicker was that the boys were including me as one of them, and we all were headed for trouble… I will confess that I made the rookie art teacher’s mistake….I taught the lesson without trying it ahead of time.

 You see it just looked like so much fun when I saw the project online.  But because I didn’t want to get the shaving creme out ahead of time I didn’t realize how important it would be to spread the cream with a spoon. I did not know how the thick, foamy, sticky stuff would be so hard to work with once the boys got it on their hands…and faces…and the table…and the floor.

In the end we made marbalized Easter eggs that turned out ultra cool. We  learned about color.  It was a fun process.  And the truth is if these boys thought that was messy – we have some fun art classes to look forward to.

By the way….their mom was in fact pretty happy.  That was one mess she did not have to clean up.

Here is the link to Kelly’s blog  where I was inspired.