Wednesday, February 24, 2010


After the long winter snow break we are back at school. Monday we spent painting the final boards that we needed to make our first house. With all the great colors, now the students will begin their designs, and then we build our house on the mural wall! Mama Freeman had the students do color pencil drawings of a beaded Ndebele doll - several are on view at Ideal - now we are thinking about doing an art workshop to make our very own beaded dolls...stay tuned!

Monday, February 15, 2010


It was fun at first, and a beautiful snow that made the city look wonderful, but some of us had to shovel for hours, couldn't get out, our lights went out, lost electricity, and the big dig out started - so much ice! whatever melts during the day turns to ice at night...I got a leak in my ceiling and a bucket in my room with the drip, drip, drip going as I am writing this...
I want to get back to painting! Hope Ideal Academy reopens this week, but we are expecting more snow tonight!!! I'll let you know how much on the next posting.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Our scheduled plan to finish painting the background colors has been postponed due to the blizzard of 2010! The snow nearly hit a record (and did in some areas) and we have been digging out since Saturday. There is so much snow and dangerous ice/roads that even the National Museum of African Art Smithsonian has been closed for two days. I hope that the students from Ideal Academy are having some fun in the snow (sledding anyone?) building a snowman, and keeping warm! More news when we get back to school.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Mural News

This week we will be painting the final back boards for the houses that we will decorate with our geometric patterns. Wednesday is the day! Hope to get students on this blog to give their POV about the project, art, and community...check back soon!