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Sumi in the Spring 2014

June 8, 2014

My sumi adventures this spring back on Whidbey Island were full of wonderful teaching opportunities.  Perhaps the most surprising was at the Island Christian Academy when I was selected as a “famous artist” by a third grade student.  She bought a copy of Super Simple Sumi-e and painted a number the animals by herself, then did some research about sumi-e and presented it all to her class.  When I went to see the art fair at the school, imagine my surprise when I saw my name next to Rembrandt, DaVinci, Monet, etc – the famous artists chosen by other students!  Was I ever surprised and thrilled!  I later had the chance to teach classes there and the students came to visit the Whidbey Art Gallery where I show my paintings.

I also taught 3rd and 4th graders at South Whidbey Elementary School and decided to introduce some new animals into the mix.  First was a horse since this is the Year of the Horse and second was an orca whale, the mascot of the school named “Bubbles”.  The paintings were later mounted a a very large piece of paper for display and ended up being a “Wall of Sumi-e” at the South Whidbey Arts Festival at the end of May!  It’s is so rewarding to work with kids in this way – success breeds success and builds self-esteem!

Island Christian Academy student wins 2nd prize for her report on Sumi-e
Island Christian Academy student wins 2nd prize for her report on Sumi-e
Wall of sumi paintings done by South Whidbey Elementary students
Wall of sumi paintings done by South Whidbey Elementary students
Super Simple Sumi Horse
Super Simple Sumi Horse
Student version of Bubbles, the orca whale, spy hopping.
Student version of Bubbles, the orca whale, spy hopping.

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Yvonne Palka of Minneapolis, Minn., is an award-winning author and artist.

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