Saturday, December 27, 2008

I'm teaching kids art classes in San Diego

I'm teaching kids classes at the San Diego Museum of Art starting in January.

Artistic Explorations: Artville at SDMA
Each week kids will get creative with a different material and theme. This class will provide a venue for each young artist to be creative with gentle guidance in drawing, painting and sculpture. Creative problem solving and laughter is encouraged while discovering the joy of making art!

Saturdays, January 24—February 14, 2009
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Ages 10-12
$65 SDMA members/$75
Instructor: Jane LaFazio

Saturdays, March 7—March 28, 2009
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Ages 7—9
$65 SDMA members/$75 Instructor: Jane LaFazio

Register through San Diego Museum of Art here. Or call SDMA (619) 231-1996

birds of a different feather

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Husb serves crab legs, and I will stuff the mushrooms for tomorrow. The tangerine is for a snack.

Monday, December 22, 2008

christmas 2008

Merry Christmas everyone! It was my turn to do the illustration and husb's turn to write the holiday letter. The cards will be in the mail tomorrow!

it's beginning to look a lot like...

it's beginning to look a lot like...


Even BeBop is making a list and checking it twice.

I love tulips!

it's beginning to look a lot like...

Andrea's birthday party dinner--where the debut of my Chicken Verde Enchiladas were enjoyed by all.

chicken enchiladas

Cook, draw, cook, draw, paint, cook. This was a very quick sketch as I prepared enchiladas for the first time--for a birthday dinner party for 10! Thanks to Denise, who suggested the recipe--I'm pretty sure it was a success.

blog followers

See the new gadget on the right of my blog? You too can have your pic there and keep up with JaneVille. Call it a Christmas present to me. (that is unless you'd like to get me that chocolate I mentioned earlier.)

Friday, December 19, 2008

little felteds

I was asked to write a little something about creativity...And what works for me, is to work small. I've created little 3x5 inch collages (from library book registration cards), worked on little 2 inch circles of collaged felt, my sketchbook is about 5x7 inches and here, I've created little (hand needle) felted things about 4x6 inches. Working small allows me to play and explore a direction...And, if the little things turn out, I can sew or paste them together to create a larger piece of art, OR sew them together and cut them apart again and start over. Either way, they don't take too much time or take up too much room and in the interim, they are just cute to have around...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

button box contents

John R. gave me his mother's button box. I had to smile at some of the contents--not exactly all buttons...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mixed Media class starts January 26

Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth San Diego
A 6-week class in San Diego
Dates & times: January 26 – March 2, 2009. Mondays 9am-noon
Class Location: Athenaeum School of the Art Studio in University Heights, 4441 Park Blvd., Cost: $205 non-members/$160 members plus $20 materials fee payable the first day of class. Class description: What’s mixed media? Everything and anything! You’ll paint, collage, draw, print with our own hand carved stamps, sew, glue, even burn---all to make art. This class encourages your own creativity with lots of techniques and ideas. Most everything in the class can be done on a paper surface OR a cloth surface or combining the two. Each week you’ll explore a new technique or theme. Class will be inspirational, positive and fun, with lots of sharing, laughing, and learning from the others in the class. All levels of experience welcome, and previous students can expect all new lessons. Register: (858) 454-5872 or mail or in-person at Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

Thursday, December 11, 2008

4 days in San Francisco

I'm home! Husb and I spent four days in San Francisco visiting family and friends. Note the It's It in my moleskine. It's two oatmeal cookies with vanilla ice cream in-between and coated in dark chocolate. I had to draw it very quickly because it was melting and it was soooooooo good. We bought a case, and brought them home packed in dry ice.

San Francisco

We visited the brand new Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate park. It's incredible! An aquarium, planetarium and a four story rain forest all in an light filled 'green' building. You gotta go see it. It's right across from the gorgeous deYoung Museum, another must see.


sketching and watercolor workshop

I taught my 'Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style' at the California Center for Creative Renewal on Saturday, Dec 6. This is the fourth time I've taught there, and you can see why! It's the perfect location for my class. We had 21 people and everyone enjoyed themselves. The weather was perfect, like 77 degrees. I'll be teaching there again next year, in probably August and December.
NEXT workshop at CCCR is Saturday, August 15., 2009.

sketching and watercolor workshop

sketching and watercolor workshop

"on a clear day, you can see forever...." The view from California Center for Creative Renewal in December!

sketching and watercolor workshop

Twenty one people.

Friday, December 05, 2008

My husb!

Here is yet another reason why I love my husband! I was too sick yesterday to teach Mundo Lindo, so Don filled in with my assistant Lizzie. Here he is with the robot he created in class.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Thanks Lynn Majidimehr for awarding me this Kreativ Blogger award. It's so nice to be noticed in the big blog world. If I've left a comment on your blog, consider yourself nominated.

Utility Box news: Here's a link to a story in today's San Diego Union Tribune about the project.

Art UnRaveled 2009: I'm honored to be teaching there again this coming August in Phoenix. The schedule will go up in January, but I'll be teaching all day August 5: Paper on Cloth Collage. All day August 6: Sketching & Watercolor-Journal Style. From 7am-10am, August 7 on location Sketching & Watercolor-Journal Style.

Lastly, don't forget to put my 2010 Bella Italia: Orvieto Sketchbook trip on your wish list.

Stop the presses. dear Sandy just awarded me a blog award too! Sandy was in my workshop in New York and is a lovely person and wonderful journal artist. Thanks Sandy!!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

it's a happy utility box

here's my completed utility box. it's located on Imperial Ave and 55th in Southeast San Diego.

Monday, December 01, 2008

mystery landscape

You know how you work on things for the longest time to try and resolve them. This is one of those projects. I don't think it's finished yet. (It's a landscape, dupioni silk)

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