Archive | March, 2012

‘The Girl with a Red Coat” (original artwork)

29 Mar

This was drawn at the Shanghai airport while I was waiting for my flight home.  I was waiting for a taxi to take me to the train station when a Chinese girl walked up to me.  She was wearing a long, red down coat.  I had never seen her before, but she helped me  flag down a taxi.  When the taxi stopped, she said something to him in Mandarin and waved goodbye.

I was so thankful for her assistance and kindness.


Paradise island: Jeju-do

27 Mar

Living and traveling all over this planet for the past five years has defnitely changed me.  I managed to go from one town in South Korea, to another not knowing too much about the place or the language.  Freedom and guts and just go anywhere.

By far the most beautiful place in South Korea is Jeju Island.  You can take a ferry there from Wando or Yeosu.  Or, fly from most larger cities.  My adventures took me to Jeju island three times.

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Japanese Manga (Art project).

25 Mar

The students at  Centro Escolar Picacho requested that we learn how to draw Japanese Manga  characters.  First, we learned the  when, where and how of this style.  Then, we learned how to actually draw the head, eyes, and hair of our characters.  The project was so exciting!  The students were so proud of their characters.  Here are a few of the best.

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A long way from home…

22 Mar

But oh, so happy to be with the beautiful children of Gwangju, South Korea.  Here are some photos.  Enjoy!


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Shadow art: project #2

21 Mar

My students at Centro Escolar Picacho in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico were so expressively compassionate about life.  So, I decided to combine the students’s liveliness with the beautiful sunshine.  This shadow art project was so much fun!  The students really liked taking these photographs.  We also laid our paper on the floor and traced interesting shadows.  The students then added pastel colors to create wonderful masterpieces!

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It’s the little things that count.

20 Mar

Most Chinese students know who Santa Claus is because they are introduced to Christmas in kindergarten.  Also, the malls, restaurants and schools all decorate for the holiday.  It’s such a magical time of year even in China.  Of course, I was missing my family around Christmas, but did all I could to recreate the specialness of Christmas there.  We watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, we put on Santa hats and played reindeer games.

This is the snowflake lesson.  We learned our shapes, how to make a paper snowflake and saw real snowflakes under a microscope.

As paper and scissors in hands and in motion, the “Snowflake waltz” song played in the background.  The smiles on the students faces were priceless.  We “oohhed”  and “aahhed” over everyone’s paper snowflakes.

Photos: “Made in China”

19 Mar

When I wasn’t teaching in China, I was exploring the country.  Beijing was by far the most dynamic city!  However, Suzhou was just as exciting! 

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