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Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog, Children, Etc., Inspiration & Thoughts | 26 comments

A Year for Growth.

A Year for Growth.

* When I was in 4th grade, my favorite teacher did a class project where each student had to take care of a little bean seed until it became a plant. I placed my bean in a small glass container with some cotton and a bit of water. Each day from Monday to Friday we had to inspect the seed to see the progress. I was so fascinated by the transformation of that little seed that I still remember everything about the experience. I started jumping up and down when the first green leaves showed up. To me, that was a real miracle. Image © The Imagination Tree ↓ Many years have passed since I first saw the transformation of that seed, but I have been extremely lucky to witness similar “miracles” with my children Natalie and Diego and my stepson Miro. Each of them has grown in so many directions in the last few years. I’m thrilled to see where they are now and I’m excited to see where they’re going....

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Artists, Blog, Children, Illustration | 14 comments

Fun Characters by my Daughter Natalie.

Fun Characters by my Daughter Natalie.

* Today I’m excited to share these unique characters created by my 11-year-old daughter Natalie. She has such a great imagination. Drawing, writing, and reading, are her favorite activities. These drawings are gifts that she created for her friends in LA before we moved to NY. Look at them in detail to see how she describes their personalities. So much fun! Natalie created the banner for this post. Casual Characters is the same that she gave to this...

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Artists, Blog, Children, Illustration | 13 comments

Characters by my Daughter Natalie.

Characters by my Daughter Natalie.

* Don’t you love these simple drawings by Natalie? She’s only 11 years old. I am always blown away by her unique characters. She loves to create them and then describe their personalities. Natalie wants to be a film maker when she grows up. She’s very interested in telling stories of real, but also imaginary people. I can’t wait to see what she will do with her talents in the future. Natalie is not only a great visual artist, but a wonderful writer. She reads, writes, and draws, every single day. Lately, Natalie has been into understanding the “anatomy” of humor. She has been studying what makes people laugh. She continues to be my greatest inspiration. Stay tuned! I know that in  a few years she will be doing some amazing things. Drawings by Natalie...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Artists, Blog, Children, Etc., Sculpture | 1 comment

The Art of Virginia Griswold.

The Art of Virginia Griswold.

* Virginia Griswold  is a talented artist based in Tennessee. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and 3D Foundations at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. I am in love with these pieces,  which are so subtle and special. I invite you to visit her website to see more of her work. Images © Virginia Griswold ↓...

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Artists, Blog, Children, Drawing | 3 comments

Portraits of a Male Model by a Group of 6th Graders.

Portraits of a Male Model by a Group of 6th Graders.

* The other day Bill, Diego, Miro, and I, attended an open house at the university where Natalie goes every Saturday for her art class. The artworks were amazing, but I specially fell in love with these portraits drawn by a group of talented 6th graders. The model is the same person, but notice how each artwork is unique. The artist’s personality comes through each drawing. Photos by me...

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog, Children | 8 comments

Hannah’s Art Club is Sharing a New Project!

Hannah’s Art Club is Sharing a New Project!

* I’m excited to announce that Hannah ( from Hannah’s Art Club ), recently shared a new art project. She’s the mind behind the Half Self-Portraits Project. This time Hannah took  Hokusai‘s art as the starting point. The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai ↓   Below you see 3 examples of what her young students came up with. It is amazing that they are only from 4 to 6 years old! You will love reading about the project and  seeing all the artworks HERE.       But there is a second new project that you shouldn’t miss: Shadow Monsters! Thanks Hannah and Hannah’s students for sharing your projects with us! Seeing what you do is inspiring. Elsita...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Blog, Children | 4 comments

Half Self-Portraits Project by Hannah’s Art Club.

Half Self-Portraits Project by Hannah’s Art Club.

* I recently discovered hannahsartclub.wordpress.com. It is an inspiring blog about creative  projects for kindergarten and beyond, run by Hannah. She is  a talented  former art gallery and museum curator from the UK who currently works as an art teacher in Vienna, Austria. Hannah’s students are preschool children aged between three and six. * * On her blog, Hannah wrote: “I am always amazed and inspired by the children’s creations and I feel that they deserve to be seen by as many people as possible.” I agree with Hannah, that is why today I’m sharing her  half self-portraits project. You can read about the original idea behind this project here. * * There is something so powerful and touching about these half self-portraits. I see each one as an invitation to re-enter that fantastic universe that we used to be part of when we were little. * * I found this definition of  half  by the free dictionary : “One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole.” What a perfect definition for these half self-portraits! The left...

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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Blog, Children | 17 comments

Happiness is Free! What my 9-year-old Daughter Did to Prove it.

Happiness is Free! What my 9-year-old Daughter Did to Prove it.

The other day Natalie went to school carrying the paper bag that you see in the picture. She filled her bag with small pieces of paper containing quotations about happiness and happy faces. I asked her what she was going to do with it and she said: I am just going to give these  to anybody who wants them. So she went to school with her happy bag and a big smile on her face. As always, I was impressed by Natalie’s thoughtfulness and self-confidence. At her return from school I asked about the happiness bag project and she said: It was fun, some kids wanted more than one paper, but other kids didn’t get it and kept asking why I was doing that. I told her not to worry because not everyone understands everything that we do. She said: I know Then a happy  surprise came out a few days later.  Natalie received the letter above. It was given to her by two students from a higher grade...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog, Children | 24 comments

Natalie’s “Collage” Jacket

Natalie’s “Collage” Jacket

Today I want to share one of Natalie’s latest creations. It is a collage jacket made with her own little hands. The other day I gathered a bunch of clothes that were too small for her and Diego. I asked Natalie if she was interested in using some of them for her creations and she said: YES!! She picked a few. Minutes later she started cutting and sewing and being very busy. I asked what she was making but she said that it was s surprise.  The surprise was this jacket! Anatomy of Natalie’s jacket: 1. Left sleeve: A leg from Diego’s pants. The fabric is corduroy. 2. Right sleeve: silk brocade  from an old costume (she used the reverse side of the fabric) 3. Body of the jacket: A cotton dress from when she was about 4 (she will be 10 next month) How often do we see corduroy, silk brocade and cotton combined in such a stylish way?   Here is a photo of the back so you can appreciate...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Blog, Children | 18 comments

Yummy Universe by 7-year-old Diego Horberg

Yummy Universe by 7-year-old Diego Horberg

      Diego created this “Yummy Univere” (meaning Yummy Universe) because he loves food, or the idea of food, because in real life he’s very picky. But in his imagination anything is possible. Here I am going to list the name of his planets: 1. Coca Cola Sun 2. Cardot Moom → (Carrot Moon) 3. Rock Candy Venus 4. Pear Topia 5. Planet Donut 6. Coo Keis’ N’ Cream Mars→ (Cookies and Cream Mars) 7. Chocoland 8.Fryed Plutto → (Fried Plutto) 9....

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Blog, Children, Illustration | 15 comments

Audium 4.5. A one-of-a-kind car designed by Diego for his Dad.

Audium 4.5. A one-of-a-kind car designed by Diego for his Dad.

* The other night Diego informed Natalie and I that he was building a secret car for his Dad. The name: AUDIUM 4.5   This was the description: *It is the size of  a house *It runs with water instead of gazoline *The water tank is on the front *It drives itself with a board called “microsoft thing” (just press a button and say where you want to go) *It has a bathtub on the top as well as a bed *Inside, there will be a small fridge, a gold chair, a plasma tv with diamonds all over the frame and a racoon rug *It has a single window and a pair of wings *When the car moves, bubbles come out of a tube   I got so excited about this project that I decided to illustrate it. Diego is pleased with the illustration. Natalie asked about how he was going to build it, with what money. Diego said that it was going to cost a lot of money, in his...

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Blog, Children | 35 comments

A “True” Story by Diego Horberg

A “True” Story by Diego Horberg

* Introduction: Sometimes it is hard for Autistic kids to go to the movie theater. The loud sound is almost impossible for them to tolerate. But we bought Diego a pair of super duper headphones a few years ago, so he can finally enjoy movies on the big screen. There is nothing that Diego enjoys more than movies. Sometimes he loves them so much that it becomes overwhelming. Diego had been anticipating  The Croods for a long time. He knew the name of the director, the cast… he watched the trailer hundreds of times, but when we got to the theater to finally see the movie, he backed up. His heart was about to jump out of his chest, he couldn’t deal with the excitement.  So I went into the theater with our daughter Natalie to watch the movie, while Diego and his Dad stayed outside. They went for a walk to kill time. A half hour before the movie was finished, Diego and his Dad came back to...

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog, Children | 16 comments

ART IS A WAY CHILDREN’S ART CONTEST. 2013

ART IS A WAY CHILDREN’S ART CONTEST. 2013

8 Dear children, It has been a pleasure and a real honor to host our first art contest for you, here at Art is a Way.  Thanks a lot for submitting the artworks. Choosing a winner was not easy. But after lots of deliberation and feedback from my own children, we decided to give the prize to Sophie Cram, age 15. Sophie doesn’t only enjoy creating things with her hands but she also plays the piano beautifully and on top of everything she is a remarkable athlete (below I included her video playing volleyball under the number 26, which is in my opinion a real work of art) It is inspiring seeing how  Sophie expresses herself  in such diverse ways. We think that Sophie is an inspiration for other children and adults as well. ↑Prize (A miniature book made by me with a personalized cover) Congratulations Sophie! We admire your many talents but also your beautiful soul and your self-confidence, your generosity, passion and strength. I want to send a...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Blog, Books, Categories (2), Children, Dolls | 114 comments

A Giveaway! Margaret Bloom’s book: Making Peg Dolls.

A Giveaway! Margaret Bloom’s book: Making Peg Dolls.

  “Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes And because I want you to stay forever young, today I’m giving away a copy of  Margaret Bloom‘s book: Making Peg Dolls. The more peg dolls you make the younger you become. I was 41 before I got this book, now I am 7 years younger (1 year per peg doll I made). This fun book (192 pages) has over 60 different doll designs with step by step tutorials and patterns for you to play with. The peg dolls in the pictures above are not in the book, but they were inspired by it.  Margaret’s animation also inspired me to create the GIF animation above. For a chance to win this book, simply  leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner on Monday, February 25, 2013. BONUS: With the book I will include one of the peg dolls that I made.  Just let me know your choice from the picture where...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Blog, Children | 12 comments

Call for Young Artists to Showcase their Work on Art is a Way.

Call for Young Artists to Showcase their Work on Art is a Way.

* DEADLINE:  February 28 of 2013 * 1. If your child, student, friend… (18 or younger) created or wants to create something special, I would love to showcase it on Art is a Way. * 2. It could be: drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, writing, music… * 3. Send pictures of the work, or the link to a video to my e-mail: elsammora@gmail.com There is no limitation in the number of entries. * 4. PRIZE:  a handmade miniature accordion book (see it below) with birds and 8 quotes about freedom. I will specially personalize the white sleeve of this book with the winner’s name. * 5. The deadline for your entry is: February 28 of 2013. I will announce the winner in April of 2013. * * Here I’m going to show you an example of what an entry could be: This is something that Natalie wrote and illustrated last year. *     Notice how the story is unfinished. This is because before anything concrete  happened, she had already thought...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2008 in Blog, Children, Outsider Art, Painting | 30 comments

DISCOVER ARTHUR SIMO.

DISCOVER ARTHUR SIMO.

Dear friend: Today I am extremely honored to introduce someone very special to you…but let me start the story from the beginning: Not so long ago I ended up at some Etsy shop that was new to me. As soon as I saw the pictures in it my heart had a little inusual palpitation as it happens when you discover something different. I immediately got the little bug or curiosity so I started exploring and reading everything. The store had 5 paintings for sell at the time. It didn’t take me more than a few seconds to decide what I did next: I bought all the 5 listed pieces! I just had to do it and the reason why I did it has a name: Arthur Simo. Who is Arthur Simo? Arthur Simo is a teenager who will turn 16 in July 22 and he is Autistic just like my son Diego. To me he is one of the most authentic folk, or naive Artists that I have ever...

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