Monday, August 27, 2007

Berryville, Virginia: Rockin' In The Free World

We spent a weekend in Berryville, Virginia for an annual reunion of our friends from Virginia Tech. Of course, what would the summer be without a county fair. This year's Clarke County Fair had it all - rides, food, farm animals, farm equipment, and of course a demolition derby. Below are some pics from that day...

Diego arrived at the Demolition Derby and said "Big Deal!", so he played with rocks....This was one of the park rides: kinda like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but with monkeys in hot pursuit...
Scarlett and Annie on the Merry-Go-Round
Will and Micki's property and the house they built, literally "rockin' in the free world..."
Yannick said "Doo-way-go took my ball..."
Like the 1980's he's down with the ladies...
Dan and Serena and Matthias chillin' like Bob Dylan....

Works in Progress: August 2007

We are hard at work making new and interesting art for the fall. In fact, in October, Scarlett and I will be teaming up with fellow LibertyTown artist (and good friend) Rob Landeck for a show at Bistro Bethem in Fredericksburg, VA. Below are some recent snapshots taken late night in the studio:

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

PONSHOP Workshop: Skate To Create July 2007

The "Skate To Create" classes by far have been the most popular PONSHOP workshop over the past year. Kids just seem drawn to the idea of creating a skateboard graphic that is truly their own creation - and that's a great thing. Below are two of my most recent students. Both of them gave 110% for each class and we had a great time.
For the latest PONSHOP class schedule, click here.

Nick's "Music Man" graphic took a whopping 5 stencil layers to create including the background. That's a lot of drawing, cutting, and painting in a 3-session period. He pulled it off though, congrats Nick.

Christian's first sketch was 1/4 the size of his finished piece. After a brief desk critique, he decided to make his "crime boss" bigger, badder, and more monumental on the deck.

For more pics of PONSHOP's "Skate to Create" classes, click the links below:
May 2007
November 2006

October 2006

August 2006

July 2006

Fredericksburg Summer Fun: Building Guru Class

Gabriel Pons spent two weeks in July participating in the Summer Fun Festival organized by Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation. "Summer Fun" is a ten-day camp for children ages pre-school through 6th grade and allows kids to explore creative activities such as painting, kite-making, model making, cooking, and more. He taught a class called "Building Guru" which introduced students to the fundamentals of architecture and design. Throughout the week, children drew maps, made cardboard houses, constructed wooden bridges, and developed neighborhood streets. Below are some photos from the last day of classes, check it out:

Students in grades K-3 not only created a home from cardboard and paper, but created a neighborhood street too.
Students in grades 4-6 learned what makes a successful bridge stand up to heavy loads.

Thanks to all the kids and their parents for such a memorable summer camp experience. Special thanks to all staff and teacher aides for their organization and hard work.

For more information on this Fredericksburg Summer Fun Festival 200, click here.

To visit the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation site, click here.