Raise Them Up

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”

The occurrences cited in the bible which happened in ancient times during the Advent and Easter Season are hard for adults to grasp, never mind trying to explain the mysterious to little children. So sometimes we must think outside the box to bring stories alive to children through different mediums.

Every so often I work with youth in our church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, to do art projects which reflect the season.  I enjoy kids and seeing their creativity put to good use. But I also offer my experience because art can be a very useful tool in augmenting a Christian curriculum.

Today I have hunted down a few projects with stained glass effects which kindergarten children can do with adult supervision. The basics of the project can be found on this website.

Come on back next week! As with most artists even as an adult, my art education continues. Next week I’ll let you in on an April workshop I am attending which will focus on creating with slightly different form of glass. I’ve been planning on this workshop for quite sometime and it is drawing closer. Looking forward to being with you next time.

 

Spark Creativity

Looking for ways to spark creativity in your kids? Not all art projects like stained glass are meant for kids because many of the tools and implements used to make stained glass are sharp,hot and unsuitable for little fingers and hands.

However, we came across this “faux stained glass project” which most kids can handle if they are beyond the early elementary school years. Many of the materials are probably already in your house which keeps the crafting costs low and it also teaches kids about re-purposing objects. A jar of Mod Podge may be the only thing you will have to purchase, and that’s easy to come by in a store such as Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s Craft Stores.

Here are the instructions for this art project! Happy Crafting in the New Year with your family!

P.S. Snowy days off from school and winter break holidays are a time to do some at-home art projects with kids. Even if you aren’t artistically inclined, you might surprise yourself. Planning ahead of time by gathering instructions and all the tools and materials helps make the art day project successful.

Valentines Tokens

“Art is beauty. Art is love. Art is life.” 

Where did January go? Hard to believe February is just around the corner. You know what means -the focus of the second month of the year will be on the heart’s delight.

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to tell your friends who have been by your side through good times and bad how much they are appreciated.

Today, were pleased to share a picture of one of MZ Glassworks’ stained glass hearts in a window. We received an email with it saying that it the light catcher was placed where it is for a very specific reason. “It’s among other things that are near and dear to my heart,” said the woman’s whose room it hangs in.

Need a little “heart centered” token of friendship to give to someone on February 14? It’s not to late! Contact us  margyziegler@comcast.net.

 

 

Halloween Treats from MZ Glassworks

“I was working in the lab late one night

When my eyes beheld an eerie sight…”

~ Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Above: Margy’s Haunted Village. Which building do you imagine houses her studio?

Today we are going to throw open the doors and give you a rare peak inside MZ Glassworks. The studio has been busy making, to prepare for several holidays coming up.

What are your favorite occasions to haul out the decorations? Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years?

How could a Scorpio, like Margy Ziegler, not love Halloween? Celebrating All Saints Day may just surpass her love for Christmas. Ever since she was a young child, decorating for Halloween was taken very seriously. She and her Mom really went at it.

As an adult, not much has changed. She still enjoys treating her family and any one else who enters her home to her vast display of Halloween decorations. She’s been known to throw parties just so she can treat others to seeing her place bedecked, bedazzled and bewitched with ghosts, goblins, spiders, witches and other haunting appearances on All Hallows Eve!

You can be sure MZ Glassworks loves creating seasonal stained glass designs for her favorite day, Halloween and for Margy Ziegler they double as birthday decorations too!

From today’s peak you can see there’s a wide range of Halloween themed glass works from MZ! Have a Happy Halloween, Everyone!

This blog was created to give our buyers a closer glimpse into the artist behind the art of MZ Glassworks.

Play Nice!

I suppose a good way to teach one’s children to be nice would be to build them a playhouse like the one pictured. Surely they’d quickly come to know throwing sticks and stones shatters glass and hearts too. If they liked their cool playhouse well enough, they’d resist. Building such a structure for kids to play in would involve a certain amount of risk, but I guess you’d have to put your faith in your children!

I came across an interesting article the other day. Did you know there is really a Stained Glass Playhouse? It’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Being a fan of live theatre, I found the information about it quite interesting. My skills and experience as a graphic designer have been put to good use designing tee-shirts for a summer community theater in Hereford, Maryland for many years now!

Check out this information about The Stained Glass Playhouse.  After reading about this organization I am willing to wager a bet that some of their productions are focused on playing nice too!

 

Learning Opportunity

“The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself.”
–Woody Dumas, former Mayor of Baton Rouge

Ok, all you artists in Baltimore, this one is for you. You already know that what happened to the Orioles this season and how the crabs ran this summer. But, are you up to snuff on what’s happening in the stained glass world here in Baltimore?

As all artists know, no matter how accomplished, the learning never ends. And there aren’t many who teach the craft of stained glass making.There is a fantastic opportunity that awaits in December at the Walters Art Gallery. Instructors from Terraza Stained Glass are offering a workshop. Find your inspiration from an exhibit hanging at the museum about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a watercolorist, designer and Scottish architect.

Follow this link to learn more about the workshop. The fees are so reasonable at $45 ($35 for members of the Walters Art Gallery), so why not sign up and expand your knowledge of the art you love?

Art & The Brain

 

When it comes to science and art, research has found the two can not be talked about independently because creativity involves brain activity. Did you know through neurological processes used in creating art, a person’s perspective on life can be changed in a positive way?

Including the arts in a child’s education is healthy for brain development and in my opinion, it should not be left out of the curriculum. Otherwise how would a child be able to explore his or her creative capacities?

One of the most convincing books I have ever read about creativity and the brain is by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor called My Stroke of Insight. If you have not read it plan to do so. I don’t want to be a spoiler and tell you too much but Dr. Taylor’s personal story relates to today’s theme.

That’s all for today. Do return to this page on our website.Our goal for our blog writings is to shed light on art which adds color to our life.